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Why Moon River?

David Gray
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Jake
Why Moon River?   Friday, June 21, 2002 (2:32 a.m.) 

In the film when John is in the shopping centre, the music being played is moon river! this is no random occurence. williams or spielberg must have chosen it for a reason. does anyone know why?
as far as the score is concerned, i didn't think it was great. just 3 stars. though i'm going to start complaining about it, just thought it wasn't brilliant. just one note, it sounded much to like the phantom menace in its action scenes.
cheers
david

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Jake
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Alessio
Re: Why Moon River?   Tuesday, June 25, 2002 (5:03 a.m.) 

> In the film when John is in the shopping centre, the music being played is
> moon river! this is no random occurence. williams or spielberg must have
> chosen it for a reason. does anyone know why?

Don't know for sure but heres my theory - actual lyrics of the song followed by my explanations:

MOON RIVER WIDER THAN A MILE CROSSING YOU IN STYLE SOMEDAY(Referring to lifes journey and the almost limitless choices we can make that will determine our fate/destiny/path in life)

OH DREAM MAKER, YOU HEARTBREAKER
( a reference to the pre-cogs visions that are not yet reality & pre-cogs and pre-crime units ability to judge only on the visions/murders and not the possibilty of an alternative non-violent resolution therefore taking away any future the 'perpertrator' may have had)

WHEREVER YOU'RE GOING I'M GOING YOUR WAY, TWO DRIFTERS OFF TO SEE THE WORLD, THERE'S SUCH A LOT OF WORLD TO SEE (John & Agatha's journey to the crossroads where John must make choices, of which there a many, that will determine his & Agatha's destiny).

WE'RE AFTER THE SAME RAINBOWS END, WAITING ROUND THE BEND, MY HUCKLEBERRY FRIEND (John & Agatha are after the same truths, John ulitimately wants justice, but only if it is infallible which the minority reports prove that it is not, Agatha wants the murderer of her mother brought to justice and to live her life free).

Also with reference to river, water as a religious link is used in the movie to symbolise life & death. The death of Agathas mother by drowning, John is in the pool when his son is taken. The Pre-cogs are submerged in water when they have the visions and the ultimately save lives or take lives away (by way of the conflicting minority report).

Note: Moon River was also used in another Tom Cruise movie - Born on the Fourth of July, it could be an in joke.

Jake


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Alessio
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Jake
Re: Why Moon River?   Saturday, July 5, 2003 (12:54 a.m.) 

Is it a joke?
is it a special reference?

Instead of all this watch the movie and notice how this specific song is the only one that lets you detect you are watching a Spielberg movie.
This song has been chosen ... and that's it. Just like Picasso choosing blue instead of red for a painting.
When i watch that scene, the simple fact of Agatha asking the umbrella, telling the asian lady not to come back is as poetic as nothing i have ever experienced.
Accept this. Spielberg has a special sixth sense to touch one man chords.
Moon river is a song for dreamers. In that scene, in case you didn't notice, Agatha experience for the firts time dreams instead of nightmares.
What do you think now?
Write to me
I wish peace for all of you
Alessio> Don't know for sure but heres my theory - actual lyrics of the song
> followed by my explanations:

> MOON RIVER WIDER THAN A MILE CROSSING YOU IN STYLE SOMEDAY(Referring to
> lifes journey and the almost limitless choices we can make that will
> determine our fate/destiny/path in life)

> OH DREAM MAKER, YOU HEARTBREAKER
( a reference to the pre-cogs visions
> that are not yet reality & pre-cogs and pre-crime units ability to
> judge only on the visions/murders and not the possibilty of an alternative
> non-violent resolution therefore taking away any future the 'perpertrator'
> may have had)

> WHEREVER YOU'RE GOING I'M GOING YOUR WAY, TWO DRIFTERS OFF TO SEE THE
> WORLD, THERE'S SUCH A LOT OF WORLD TO SEE (John & Agatha's journey to
> the crossroads where John must make choices, of which there a many, that
> will determine his & Agatha's destiny).

> WE'RE AFTER THE SAME RAINBOWS END, WAITING ROUND THE BEND, MY HUCKLEBERRY
> FRIEND (John & Agatha are after the same truths, John ulitimately
> wants justice, but only if it is infallible which the minority reports
> prove that it is not, Agatha wants the murderer of her mother brought to
> justice and to live her life free).

> Also with reference to river, water as a religious link is used in the
> movie to symbolise life & death. The death of Agathas mother by
> drowning, John is in the pool when his son is taken. The Pre-cogs are
> submerged in water when they have the visions and the ultimately save
> lives or take lives away (by way of the conflicting minority report).

> Note: Moon River was also used in another Tom Cruise movie - Born on the
> Fourth of July, it could be an in joke.

> Jake


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