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  • Summary: What happens when a perfect small Mormon town is rocked with the discovery of a dead body? Brigham City is a thrilling murder mystery which shows that no place on earth is really safe from the world. (Zion Films)
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  1. Reviewed by: Cody Clark
    100
    Moviegoers of any (or no) religious persuasion can share in the simple satisfaction of his tense, well-spun murder mystery.
  2. 75
    Reminiscent of classic old Westerns.
  3. Brigham City, like "God's Army," may proselytize for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but Brigham City is also an example of concise, skillful filmmaking.
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    60
    A mystery that's filled with genuine sorrow and capped off with a denouement that may take even seasoned mystery buffs by surprise.
  5. A good-faith effort, if not completely successful.
  6. 50
    Tries, with much less success, to do what "Witness" did in exploring an Amish town.
  7. Few movies have sought this particular blend of detective-story melodrama and religious sensitivity.

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  1. Feb 22, 2013
    8
    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 completely blindsided me, which proves to be just another example of how clever it is. Yes, there is some religion and yes much of the cast is 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. Expand

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