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Rachel Portman
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Filmtracks Statistics:
Average Filmtracks Rating: 3.26
Average Viewer Rating: 3.22
Number of Reviews: 28
Number of Votes: 25,722
Number of Comments: 147
Reviews in Filmtracks'
Top 100 Voting Ranks:
#39.  Only You
#52.  The Cider House Rules
#64.  The Legend of Bagger Vance
Filmtracks Editor's Recommendations:
Only You
The Cider House Rules
The Legend of Bagger Vance
Decorative Nonsense
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Rachel Portman with her Oscar

"Most of the films I've worked on have been independent in nature rather than huge box-office successes. I've really made my career out of doing projects I love."
- Rachel Portman in 1997

Born on December 11, 1960, in Haslemere, England, Rachel Portman began using her musical talents at a young age. She started composing on piano at the age of 13, and eventually gained a formal education in composition, orchestration, and classical music at the University of Oxford. Her early career gained her considerable recognition in Great Britain, and she became known as a composer whose priorities rest with character, comedy, and drama. In 1988, Portman won the British Film Institute's "Young Composer of the Year" award, followed by the Carlton Television Award for "Creative Originality for Women in Film."

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FILMOGRAPHY & REVIEWS AT FILMTRACKS
(see legend below for abbreviations and codes)
 TitleFR VRVTCT RD TRDates Notes
2015:
Bessie (TV)
2014:
Dolphin Tale 2***
2013:
The Right Kind of Wrong
Belle
Still Life
Paradise
2012:
Private Peaceful
Bel Ami (co-wrote)**
The Vow (co-wrote)**2.591311||1,38702/12
2011:
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan***3.121611||1,56408/11
2010:
Never Let Me Go***2.952602||1,29809/10
2009:
Grey Gardens (TV) (AW)***2.941560||1,66307/09
2008:
The Duchess***3.213552||1,13310/08
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2***2.831120||1,71509/09
2007:
(none)
2006:
Infamous**
The Lake House***3.041771||1,23602/07
2005:
Oliver Twist****3.595123|80311/05
Because of Winn-Dixie***2.252203||85402/05 - 10/11
2004:
The Manchurian Candidate**3.174563||45709/04 - 10/11
Lard
2003:
Mona Lisa Smile***3.163854||51902/04 - 03/09promotional
The Human Stain***3.216233||55310/03 - 03/09
2002:
Nicholas Nickleby***3.281,2273|75904/03 - 03/09
The Truth About Charlie (co-wrote)***
Hart's War****3.531,92917||84502/02 - 02/09
2001:
The Emperor's New Clothes***
2000:
Chocolat (AW)***3.603,06157||16112/00 - 01/09
The Legend of Bagger Vance*****4.093,57221|||22310/00 - 11/07
The Closer You Get***3.001930|76710/00 - 06/08
1999:
The Cider House Rules (AW)****4.126,0358||14812/99 - 04/08
Ratcatcher
The Other Sister
1998:
Beloved**2.702464|99012/98 - 01/07
Home Fries
1997:
Addicted to Love****3.932,0853||19807/97 - 03/08
1996:
Marvin's Room***2.901532|1,22405/03 - 03/09
The Adventures of Pinocchio (co-wrote)***2.971600|1,01806/03 - 03/09
Emma (AW)***3.372110|51709/96 - 04/06
1995:
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar
Palookaville
Smoke**
A Pyromaniac's Love Story***
1994:
The Road to Wellville***2.884411|||1,11506/03 - 03/09
Only You*****4.162,2911||32909/96 - 02/08
War of the Buttons***3.082135|84907/98 - 08/08
Sirens***
1993:
Friends
The Joy Luck Club****3.542052||95904/04 - 10/11
Benny & Joon***
Ethan Frome***
Great Moments in Aviation (TV)****
1992:
Used People***2.941520|1,31007/98 - 08/08
Mr. Wakefield's Crusade (TV)
Rebecca's Daughters
Elizabeth R (TV)
The Cloning of Joanna May (TV)
1991:
Antonia and Jane
Where Angels Fear to Tread
Life Is Sweet**
Flea Bites (TV)
1990:
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (TV)
Shoot to Kill (TV)
The Widowmaker (TV)
1989:
The Woman in Black (TV)
Monster Maker (TV)
Precious Bane (TV)
Living with Dinosaurs (TV)
1988:
Loving Hazel (TV)
Sometime in August (TV)
1987:
1914 All Out (TV)
The Falklands War: The Untold Story (TV)
The Short & Curlies (TV)
90 Degrees South
1986:
A Little Princess (TV)
Good as Gold (TV)
1985:
Four Days in July (TV)
1984:
Sharma and Beyond (TV)
Reflections
Last Day of Summer (TV)
1983:
(none)
1982:
Experience Preferred... But Not Essential
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Comments: Comment Total (the number of messages posted in the review's comment area)
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2nd - indicates the month and year of the review's most recent significant revision (if any)
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