By the looks of things, author/director Richard Dutcher is playing by the rules of the genre:
Somebody has been killed.Do I have any special inside information about the film? No. BUT -- I have the list of principle cast members from the official "Brigham City" web site. As a public service, I'm providing odds on each of the players:
Somebody is the killer.
The killer is one of the characters in the film, introduced long before we figure out whodunnit
Sheriff/Bishop Wes Clayton (Richard Dutcher)
I don't think so. Not that the "protagonist investigates a crime that he actually committed himself" hasn't been done before (most recently with Tuvok on ST:Voyager), but there's no way Dutcher's made a film in which the bishop is both the hero and the killer. (Now, if Neil LaBute had written this film, the killer definitely would have been the sheriff. If Trent Harris had written it, the killer and the victim would have been Sheriff Clayton.)
Odds: 20 : 1
Stu, Former Sheriff (Wilford Brimley)
Hmm... The old cuddly guy did it? That would be a twist. Maybe that's why Wilford took the role -- to have a chance at being a bad guy for once, instead of yet another curmudgeonly brusque but actually nice guy. And yet, his character is the former sheriff, so he's got to know that killin' people is against the law. (And streneous, no matter how many Quaker Oats you eat each morning). Probably not.
Odd: 8 : 1
Terry, Sheriff's Deputy (Matthew Brown)
Ooh, that would be creepy, wouldn't it? If the greenie deputy (also the greenie missionary from "God's Army") was just pretending to be a hayseed kid and was actually a cold-blooded killer. But wouldn't that make Matthew Brown's throngs of fans squeamish after seeing the flick? (Not to mention being totally out of character, from what Terry seems like in the trailers.) Probably not him.
Odds: 7 : 1
Peg, Sheriff Clayton's secretary (Carrie Morgan)
Why would she kill anybody? She looks like an extremely happy person. And, although we know Dutcher is a modern man, a progressive kind of guy, he's also just too traditional to have a woman do the murders in his first mystery film. Sorry, ladies.
Odds: 10 : 1
Ed, Peg's boyfriend (Jon Enos)
Hmmm... Could be. He's the local tow-truck driver, so he's got opportunity, driving around late at night on those Brigham City roads. The murder victim is found in her car on the side of the road, after all... Maybe Carrie Morgan's bright and sunny demeanor drove him to a homicidal rage? PLUS: Jon Enos is an excellent veteran actor, exactly the kind of guy you'd want to have play your killer.
Odds: 4 : 1
Meredith and Garcia, FBI agents from New York (Tayva Patch and Jeff Johnson)
No. They fly out to Utah after the murder. So that would make no sense at all if one of them was also the killer.
Odds: 50 : 1
April, Deputy Terry's wife (Wendy Gardiner)
Matthew Brown (Terry) is such a cutie. If I was married to him I wouldn't kill anybody. Unless... I thought he was cheating... No... These kids are so young, they're probably still on their honeymoon. Besides, this is Brigham City, not New York City.
Odds: 12 : 1
Glen, Mayor of Brigham (Sterling Brimley)
The mayor...? Maybe he's proactively trying to preserve the town's old-fashioned ways. I'm sure there are lots of mayors who wish they could kill lots of people. But the guy's old, probably has arthritis... (I wonder who Rocky would knock off if he could get away with it. Actually, I know who he would do in, but I'm not going to tell you.)
Odds: 6 : 1
Ralph, construction foreman in town, Frank Gerrish
Big, strong guy like Frank... Yeah, he coulda done it. Why else is a construction foreman, not related to any of the investigating officers, town leaders, or church leaders even in the film?
Odds: 3 : 1
Evelyn, Miss Brigham's mother (Janice Power)
Okay, I know I said the killer's not a woman. But Evelyn looks suspicious in her cast photo. And why is she listed before "Miss Brigham" and before her husband, who is the sheriff's friend and bishopric counselor? And note her name: You can make the words "evil" and "villain" out of "Evelyn." (Is "Evelyn" even a real name???)
Odds: 4 : 1
Ernie - Miss Brigham's father, Wes' church counselor (Rick Macy)
Well, that would be rich... The killer is the counselor (in the bishopric) to the investigator. Lots of drama there. It doesn't seem very realistic (why would somebody voluntarily be in a bishopric, an unpaid position with lots of work required yet no glory because you're not the bishop, if they were secretly evil?) But... having the bishop's "first officer" be the killer would certainly provide balance for those cinematic types who aren't comfortable having the film's most religious guy be the hero.
Odds: 4 : 1
Ivan and Max (Jerry North and Jack North)
Ivan and Max are two brothers who have lived in Brigham their entire lives. Killers? Nah. They're red herrings. Probably suspects early on, to throw the sheriff off the track of the real killer.
Odds: 7 : 1
Spencer, 12-year-old Deacon (Nick Whitaker)
I doubt it. No actor from the Whitaker family has ever played a murderer. Jaywalking while sipping a Dr Pepper is about as naughty as they get (onscreen, anyway). And a twelve-year-old?
Odds: 20 : 1
Miss Brigham, local beauty pageant queen (Jacque Gray)
The beauty queen? Not likely. But won't we all be surprised if it is her! (Besides, isn't she the victim?)
Odds: 25 : 1
Anne Perry - One of the best-selling mystery novelists alive today, Perry is best known for her historical Victorian mystery novels. One major series features Detective Charlotte and Detective Thomas Pitt, and another features Detective William Monk and Nurse Hester Latterly. She has had a novel made into a television movie ("The Cater Street Hangman"), has twice won the Association for Mormon Letters Award for Best Novel (for The Sins of the Wolf in 1994 and Tathea in 1999), and she writes a monthly column for Meridian Magazine. Perry may seem mild-mannered in person, but her novels grapple with the darkest of human emotions, albeit from a deeply moral perspective.
Sherlock Holmes - Everybody has heard of Sherlock Holmes, the fictional character that launched the mystery genre. But did you know that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's very first tale of Holmes, A Study in Scarlet featured Mormons -- as the detective's nemesis! Doyle later journeyed to Salt Lake City, met actual Mormons, and expressed regret for his earlier, laughably inaccurate portrayal of them (which had been based on anti-Mormon and anti-Semitic propaganda). Thereafter, he only wrote and spoke of Mormons with sincere respect. [Source.]
Alexandra Campbell mysteries - Genealogy and murder combine in two novels by G. G. Vandagriff about a mystery-solving Latter-day Saint genealogist named Alexandra Campbell: Of Deadly Descent and Cankered Roots.
The Mystery of the Chinese Junk - In this 1967 movie the Hardy Boys become owners of the Chinese junk Hai Hau. They head to New York City and go spelunking to break up a gang of criminals. The connection? "Aunt Gertrude Hardy" is played by none other than Portia Nelson, the actress who was born in Brigham City, Utah. (Nelson was also in the original Doctor Doolittle.) Yeah, it's a stretch. Sue me. (In case you're wondering, other actors who were born in Brigham City include Mortimer Snow and Eric Lichtenberg, who is in Tim Burton's new "Planet of the Apes" movie.)
God's Army - Released in 2000, this ground-breaking film is not a mystery, but it was written, directed, and produced by Richard Dutcher (who also stars). But you knew that already.
Eliza and I - You knew about "God's Army." But have you seen "Eliza and I" yet? This is another film directed by Richard Dutcher. Made for PBS, it presents the story of Eliza R. Snow, the poet and lyracist who was an early convert to the Church and who married Joseph Smith and later Brigham Young. It's basically a one-woman play, and the writer, producer and star is Elizabeth Hansen, so it's not an all-out Dutcher-fest. But if you're interested in what else Dutcher has worked on, you might check it out. Here's a full-length review.
[SOURCE: Official "Brigham City" website.]
|Richard Dutcher||Bishop Wes Clayton|
|Matthew A. Brown||Terry|
|Jeff Johnson (I)||Garcia|
|Jack North (I)||Max|
|Jacque Gray||Carolyn Merrill (Miss Brigham)|
|Robert Nelson (IV)||Parker|
|Chris Clark (VI)||Ben|
|Christopher E. Kendrick||Mike Sommers|
|Madison Gordon||Sommers Girl #1|
|Bill Osborn||B. Markham|
|Kathryn Little||S. Markham|
|Haley Fife||Jenny Markham|
|Georgia Cullimore-Faux |
(as Georgia Faux)
|Oscar Rowland||Oscar (Old Man)|
|J. Scott Bronson||Carpenter|
|Michelle Evans (I)||Woman #1|
|Becky Christensen||Woman #2|
|Teddy Carter||Boy #1 (Teddy)|
|Ethan Dutcher||Boy #2 (David)|
|Kellen Jones||Priest #1|
|Ian Ferguson (V)||Priest #2|
|Eric Peterson (I)||Scott|
|Catherine Cooley||Sommers Girl #2|
|Tori Houston||Sommers Girl #3|
|Eli Dutcher||Sommers Boy #1|
|Eva Terranova||Markham Girl #2|
|Sydnie Carter||Red-Headed Girl|
|Peg Carter||Martha Sorenson|
|Roger Archibald||Band Member|
|Craig Miner||Band Member|
|Jeremy 'Bones' Nielsen||Band Member|
|Bart Olson||Band Member|
|Sandi Jorgensen||Sexy Bar Maid #1|
|Evette Lee||Sexy Bar Maid #2|
|Dan Rascone||Channel 2 News Reporter|
|David Thieme||Channel 2 News Cameraman|
|Brian Petersen||FBI Agent|
|Carl Hacking||FBI Agent|
|Jeremy Hulse||FBI Agent|
|Rocky Hansen||FBI Agent|
|Rebecca Hall (I)||Investigator/Mom at Fruit Stand|
|Andy Tanner||Tract Home Searcher|
|Paul Johnson (II)||Tract Home Searcher|
|Gwen Dutcher||Sara, Wes's Wife|
|Lucas Dutcher||Richard, Wes's Son|
|Holly Peterson||CA Woman|
|Rebecca Richins||Lisa Colvin (Dead Rock Climber)|
|Jamie Taylor||Claire Conway|
Writer, Director, Producer Richard Dutcher Line Producer David Greenlaw Sapp Unit Production Manager Brian A. Brough 1st Assistant Director David Greenlaw Sapp/ Brian A. Brough 2nd Assistant Director Brian Petersen Location Manager R. Adam Abel Script Supervisor Alisa F. Anglesey Casting Director Jennifer Buster Casting Assistant Julina Hall Director of Photography Ken Glassing 1st Assistant Camera Brandon Christensen 2nd Assistant Camera Jon Winquist Loader Jarom Z. Ellsworth Still Photographer Carl Hacking Gaffer Tom Bango Best Boy Electric Preston Conner Key Grip Robert Conder Best Boy Grip William Long Dolly Grip Lawrence "Doc" Heavirland G/E Swing Rick Peebles Sound Mixer Matt Davis Boom Operator Paula Thompson Leadman Randall Rawe Swing Hillary Straga Production Designer Kee L. Miller Set Decorator Anthony J. Straga Propmaster Jeff Gallup Asst. Props / Props PA Krik Myers Key MU/Hair Kathy Varga Asst. MU/Hair Heather Couch Asst. MU/Hair Hillary Schroeder Costume Designer Camile J. Morris Asst. Wardrobe Jennifer Graff Nancy Cannon Craft Service Colin Reynolds Catering Bart's Catering Transportation Coordinator Christopher E. Kendrick Producer's Asst. Julina Hal Production Assistants Laura Johnson Nicki Christensen Brittany Brough Andrew Tanner Emily Clark Eddie Gramp Rocky Hansen Darren Everitt Assistant to Mr. Brimley Nicki Christensen Production Accountant Scott Wright Carroll & Company Visual Effects Native Digital Processing Fotokem Telecine/Transfer George Carlston Editor Michael Chaskes Music Composed By Sam Cardon Camera provided by Otto Nementz Grip/Lighting Equipment Redman Movies & Stories SPECIAL THANKS: Larry H. Miller Steve Tarbet Bob Marchello Rob Manahor Tamara Little Kent and Sam Waren Hal Wing Dale, Tad, and Derek Peterson Kendra Patterson Pappy's Motorhome Rentals City of Mapleton, UT City of Springville, UT Town of Wallsburg, UT
F I L M S
Matthew A. Brown
and Wilford Brimley
music composed by
director of photography
Notable ommissions from the credits found on the official website are Ryan Little and T.C. Christensen, both of whom served as Second Unit Directors of Photography. This and other ommissions were probably caused simply by clerical errors or oversights.
The credits appear below exactly as they appear in the film, except for the fact that in the film almost all of the credits are set in ALL CAPS (except for the dedication at the end). Credits are listed here in mixed case for enhanced legibility, and so that case-sensitive searches on this site will be able to locate names.
|Terry||Matthew A. Brown|
|Steve||Richard J. Clifford|
|Mike Sommers||Christopher E. Kendrick|
|Kathleen Sommers||Emily Pearson|
|Sommers Children||Catherine Cooley
|Brother Markham||Bill Osborn|
|Sister Markham||Kathryn Little|
|Markham Girls||Haley Fife
|Man in Bar||Rolland Grubbe|
|Carpenter||J. Scott Bronson|
|Cute Kid||Ethan Dutcher|
|Carolyn Merrill||Jacque Gray|
|Red-haired Girl||Sydnie Carter|
|Martha Sorenson||Peg Carter|
|The Band||Ryan Shupe
Jeremy "Bones" Nielsen
|Bar Maids||Sandi Jorgensen
|FBI Agents||Brian Petersen
|Home Searchers||Andy Tanner
|Wes's Sexy Wife||Gwen Dutcher|
|Wes's Son||Lucas Dutcher|
|California Victim||Holly Peterson|
|Lisa Colvin||Rebecca Richins|
|Mom at Fruit Stand||Rebecca Hall|
|Zed (the Dog)||Zed the Dog|
|Line Producer||David Greenslaw Sapp|
|Unit Production Manager||Brian A. Brough|
|Location Manager||R. Adam Abel|
|Script Supervisor||Alisa F. Anglesey|
|1st Assistant Camera||Brandon Christensen|
|2nd Assistant Camera||Jon Winquist|
|Film Loader||Jarom Ellsworth|
|1st Assistant Directors||David Greenslaw Sapp
Brian A. Brough
|2nd Assistant Director||Brian Petersen|
|2nd Unit Directors |
|2nd Unit Assistant||Michael Buster|
|Best Boy||Preston Conner|
|Key Grip||Bob Conder|
|Dolly Grip||Lawrence Heaverland|
|G/E Swing||Rick Peebles|
|Sound Mixer||Matt Davis|
|Boom Operator||Paula Thompson|
|Set Decorator||Anthony J. Straga|
|Assistant Props||Krik Myers|
|Props PA||Krik Myers|
|Key Make-up/Hair||Kathy Varga|
|Assistant Make-up/Hair||Heather Couch
|Costume Designer||Camile J. Morris|
|Assistant Wardrobe||Jennifer Graff
|Still Photographer||Carl Hacking|
|Craft Service||Colin Reynolds|
|Transportation||Christopher E. Kendrick|
|Producer's Assistant||Julina Hall|
|Production Assistants||Laura Johnson
|E.M.T./Safety Officer||Krik Myers|
|Assistant to Mr. Brimley||Nicki Christensen|
|Mr. Dutcher's Stand-in||Ron Johnson|
|Casting Assistant||Julina Hall|
|Production Accountant||Scott Wright
Carroll & Company
|Post Production Accountant||Jonathan Wiggins|
|Post Sound Supervisor||Jeff Carter|
|Foley Mixer||Chris Bitner|
|Foley Artists||Craig Ng
|ADR Mixers||Chris Bitner
|Negative Cutter||Debbie McAfee|
|Mixing Engineer||Jeff Carter|
|Computer Visual Effects||Native Visual|
|Camera Rental||Otto Nemenz|
|Grip/Lighting Equipment||Redman Movies & Stories|
|Color Timer||Saul Escobedo|
|Titles and Opticals||T&T Optical Effects Co.|
|Color by||Fotokem Film & Video|
There are a few other individuals who were crew members, but who also were cast in small parts in "Brigham City."
Brian Petersen, the 2nd Assistant Director, and Carl Hacking, the Still Photographer for the film, both appeared briefly on screen as FBI agents.
Rocky Hansen, one of the Production Assistants, also appeared as an FBI agent.
Andrew Tanner, another Production Assistant, was one of the featured home searchers.
Christopher E. Kendrick, the Transportation Coordinator, had a small role as "Mike Sommers," the father of the Sommers family.
Aside from those individuals, it appears that the cast was made up of actors and extras on the set specifically for their roles, not crew members.
Four fine actors appeared in both "Brigham City" (the independent film written and directed by Richard Dutcher) and "Testaments", the big-budget Church-commissioned film written and directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Kieth Merrill:
Tayva Patch - In "Brigham City," Tayva Patch had the female lead, playing the part of "Meredith", the FBI agent from New York City. Her part was smaller in "Testaments", but she played a far more famous character: Mary Magdalene.
Rick Macy - Macy had one of the most challenging, emotional roles in "Brigham City": he played "Ernie," the counselor in the bishopric led by Wes (Richard Dutcher). In "Testaments", Macy had the male lead, playing "Helam", the fictional man who awaits the coming of Christ even while he is challenged by his son's rebelliousness.
Barta Heiner - Featured in the PBS series "Artists in Zion", Ms. Heiner is one of Utah's premier actresses and acting teachers. She played "Clara" in "Brigham City" and the diseased woman in "Testaments."
Oscar Rowland - Rowland has appeared in numerous films, including "Bats" and "Footloose." He was the tree salesman in "Mr. Krueger's Christmas." He has small parts as an old man in "Brigham City" and a leper in "Testaments."
It's also interesting to note that Tayva Patch, Rick Macy and Oscar Rowland have all made guest appearances on "Touched by an Angel," one of the national television dramas that is filmed in Utah.