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Brigham City (2001)



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In this dramatic murder mystery from the director of God's Army, Richard Dutcher -- who is also this film's writer, producer, and star -- plays Wes Clayton, a young deputy sheriff who resides in a quiet Mormon community called Brigham. The town is turned upside down when a woman from California is found murdered near her car. Wes, with the aid of his young deputy (Matthew A. Brown), the town's retired sheriff (Wilford Brimley), and an idealistic secretary (Carrie Morgan), is sent to investigate the bizarre occurrence. A federal agent (Tayva Patch) also becomes involved, and Wes slowly finds himself becoming the spiritual leader of this typically sleepy small town. He must unveil some of its underlying secrets to solve the murder, while also trying to keep the peace of the Mormon community surrounding him. This feature, like God's Army, was independently produced by Dutcher with the aid of Mormon supporters.

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Richard Dutcher
as Wes Clayton
Tayva Patch
as Meredith
Rick Macy
as Ernie
Jacque Gray
as Carolyn Merrill
Emily Pearson
as Kathleen
Madison Gordon
as Sommers Girl No. 1
Bill Osborn
as B. Markham
Kathryn Little
as S. Markham
Haley Fife
as Jenny Markham
Georgia Faux
as Georgia
Ryan Shupe
as Singer
Michelle Evans
as Woman No. 1
Becky Christensen
as Woman No. 2
Drew Thueson
as Husband
Teddy Carter
as Boy No. 1
Ethan Dutcher
as Boy No. 2
Kellen Jones
as Priest No. 1
Ian Ferguson
as Priest No. 2
Cathleen Mason
as Townswoman
Owen Clark
as Malachi
Catherine L. Cooley
as Sommers Girl No. 2
Tori Houston
as Sommers Girl No. 3
Eli Dutcher
as Sommers Girl No. 1
Eva Terranova
as Markham Girl No. 2
Sydnie Carter
as Red-Headed Girl
Sam Curtis
as Counselor
Denise McKinnon
as Choirister
Alex Cope
as Deacon
Peg Carter
as Martha Sorenson
Roger Archibald
as Band Member
Craig Miner
as Band Member
Bart Olson
as Band Member
Sandi Jorgensen
as Sexy Bar Maid No. 1
Evette Lee
as Sexy Bar Maid No. 2
Dan Rascone
as News Reporter
David Thieme
as News Cameraman
Brian Petersen
as FBI Agent
Carl Hacking
as FBI Agent
Jeremy Hulse
as FBI Agent
Rocky Hansen
as FBI Agent
Steven Borgquest
as Investigator
Nyrna Borgquest
as Investigator
Brent W. Hall
as Investigator
Rebecca Hall
as Investigator/Mom at Fruit Stand
Andy Tanner
as Tract Home Searcher
Gwen Dutcher
as Sara, Wes' Wife
Lucas Dutcher
as Richard, Wes' Son
Holly Peterson
as Cal. Woman
Rebecca Richins
as Lisa Colvin
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Critic Reviews for Brigham City

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (8)

A passable murder mystery.

November 1, 2001

The performances ... are impeccable.

May 4, 2001 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

In some ways it's an interesting failure.

May 4, 2001

An intriguing look at the Mormon Church wrapped around an equally engaging whodunit.

April 26, 2001 | Full Review…

Moviegoers of any (or no) religious persuasion can share in the simple satisfaction of [Dutcher's] tense, well-spun murder mystery.

April 19, 2001 | Full Review…

Several scenes in this movie progress at a snail's pace.

April 13, 2001

Audience Reviews for Brigham City

For the past decade, I've heard great things about Brigham City, but I've been very hesitant to see it. Aside from having a mostly unknown cast, the film was written, directed, produced, and starred Richard Dutcher, who created a production company called Mormon Cinema, which only makes Mormon related films. I have found that when a film comes from such a strong religious backing, that it usual has a preachy agenda, and tends to focus more on religion than anything else, but to my surprise, Brigham City does not. The film does takes place in a Mormon community, all the characters are Moron, and there is a religious angel to the film, that includes several scenes in the church, which were slow, but thankfully not overwhelming. The story centers around this small religious community in Utah, that is suddenly rocked by a series of murders. Dutcher, plays the sheriff, a highly respect, deeply religious man, grieving for the loss of his family. His town has always been a paradise and has never faced anything like this before, so the sheriff needs to come up with some pretty interesting ways to catch the killer. Dutcher was excellent in his role, after all he wrote it, and who else is better equipped to play such a role? What I really liked was how different the story was, this wasn't just your typical manhunt for a killer on the loose, there were many different facets to this film that made it unique. What gave Brigham City it's fourth star was the amazing twist at the end that no one will see coming. I've seen a lot of films like this and 9 times out of 10, I have the killer pegged before they are revealed, but this film complete blindsided me, which proves to be just another example of clever it is. Yes, there is some religion and yes much of the cast in unknown, but I found this film to be fascinating. Brigham City had me captivated and on the edge of my seat, but most important of all it made me think and managed to really surprise me.

Todd Smith
Todd Smith

Super Reviewer


Moderately interesting, and the local appeal certainly doesn't hurt.

Jay Hutchinson
Jay Hutchinson

Super Reviewer

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