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All the King's Men
(2006)
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Composed, Orchestrated, Conducted, Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
Simon Rhodes
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(September 26th, 2006)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are specifically seeking a more challenging symphonic James Horner score, built with disjointed and slightly atonal chord structures and a domineering weight of performance.

Avoid it... if you seek satisfaction from Horner's usual, easier harmonic side.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #779
WRITTEN 10/6/06
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All the King's Men: (James Horner) While 2006 has already been described as a year of doomed remakes, none could have been more disappointing than All the King's Men. After writer/director Steven Zaillian's fantastic achievements for the screen over the past two decades (including Schindler's List), he falls flat on his face in attempting to adapt Robert Penn Warren's 1946 Pulitzer Prize winning novel. Compounding the problem is the superior 1949 film adaptation, which Zaillian claims had no bearing on his (or, more specifically, actor Sean Penn's) insistence on making this film. The classic film won three major Academy Awards, including "Best Picture," and Zaillian would assemble a worthy cast and crew to challenge for those awards once again. Unfortunately, the story of All the King's Men is a lengthy and unwieldy one, and in the process of utilizing flashbacks, flashforwards, and voice-over narration, his film ultimately turned out fragmented and rushed. The story of Willie Stark, a politician based loosely around Louisiana governor Huey Long in the era, is a depiction of the man's rise and fall from power, the allure of corruption, and the turmoil of the personal relationships affected by a man transformed by power. For the lead role, Sean Penn (who had been itching to play the role for years) butchers the character with an abrasive, one-dimensional performance that loses any nuance that the role had called for. A poor screenplay marginalizes supporting characters and contributes to their tepid acting performances. Just about anything and everything about this remake (aside from the cinematography) has been slaughtered by both critics and audiences who, being familiar with the original film, recognize that Zaillian was fighting an uphill battle to begin with. Not immune to this criticism has been James Horner's score, scorned by critics as being too melodramatic for the film's tone. For the composer, the experience of scoring All the King's Men would venture dangerously close the frustration he had dealt with for The New World, with nothing involving the process falling along predictable lines.



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695 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.18 Stars
***** 141 5 Stars
**** 159 4 Stars
*** 181 3 Stars
** 116 2 Stars
* 98 1 Stars
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Brass Section (Hollywood Studio Symphony)   Expand >>
N.R. - May 25, 2008, at 7:19 a.m.
2 comments  (2079 views)
Newest: April 13, 2009, at 12:02 p.m. by
The Anti-Nicolas Rodriguez Quiles
Horner's Best Score Since Titanic
Eric - November 30, 2006, at 1:14 p.m.
1 comment  (2340 views)
Horner steals it again...   Expand >>
Brian B. - October 31, 2006, at 6:19 a.m.
5 comments  (4365 views)
Newest: December 3, 2006, at 12:02 p.m. by
Brian B.
Has its strenghts and weeknesses
Sheridan - October 21, 2006, at 3:39 a.m.
1 comment  (1491 views)
Soundtrack in Canada?
Eric - October 12, 2006, at 1:06 p.m.
1 comment  (1335 views)
Power Theme :: Harry Potter 'Arrival of Baby Harry' Theme   Expand >>
NeoVoyager - October 10, 2006, at 6:35 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 56:14
• 1. Main Title (4:28)
• 2. "Time brings All Things to Light." (1:43)
• 3. "Give Me the Hammer and I'll Nail 'em Up!" (5:57)
• 4. "Bring Down the Lion and the Rest of the Jungle Will Quake in Fear." (3:32)
• 5. Conjuring the 'Hick' Vote (3:12)
• 6. Anne's Memories (2:45)
• 7. Adam's World (3:41)
• 8. Jack's Childhood (2:20)
• 9. The Rise to Power (3:15)
• 10. Love's Betrayal (2:52)
• 11. Only Faded Pictures (2:47)
• 12. As We Were Children Once (2:47)
• 13. Verdict and Punishment (5:58)
• 14 All Our Lives Collide (3:21)
• 15. "Time Brings All Things to Light... I Trust It So." (7:36)

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The insert includes a note from the director about the score.
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