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Amanda
(1996)
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Greig McRitchie
Steven Scott Smalley

Album Produced by:
Ford A. Thaxton
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Prometheus Records
(November, 2000)
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Limited and numbered release of 3,000 copies; available only through specialty outlets.
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Buy it... if you respect the pleasantly conservative dramatic underscores that typically grace the Hallmark-style of films that involve children bonding with animals.

Avoid it... if you expect to hear the more richly melodic, dynamic style that Basil Poledouris provided for Free Willy and other related projects in the same sub-genre.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,260
WRITTEN 11/21/00, REVISED 11/27/07
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Amanda: (Basil Poledouris) The formula for the small budget film Amanda could fit into an Hallmark Entertainment scenario, though this film would never receive such exposure. The primary focus of the film's story is a crippled young boy's relationship with a horse, as well as all the typical themes of maturation of confidence and the overcoming of disabilities that has a tendency to drive such stories. The twist in Amanda is an older, wiser horse expert who inspires the boy with stories of swords, warriors, and knights, thus bringing an element of imaginative adventure to an otherwise serene scenario of mundane character development. The setting of Montana allows for expansive photography that serves any horse movie well, and Basil Poledouris' career is equally at home in such circumstances. In a cross between Poledouris' western, mystical, and children's genres of composition, this light and fluffy score exists where its movie does not. The film was slated to be released in 1996, at a time when Poledouris had finished a string of popular and effective films in the children's adventure scene, including the Free Willy films, White Fang, Jungle Book, and Lassie. Unfortunately, practically no audience was treated to his score, for the film played in a limited theatrical release in South Africa in 1996 before being banished to a European video market. No American exposure was ever afforded the film. None of this is necessarily a concern for fans of Poledouris' writing, though most film score collectors have been impressed by the scores that often come from this Hallmark style of films, whether from Mark McKenzie, Lee Holdridge, or the plethora of other talented B-film composers currently working. In the 1990's, Poledouris was an expert at capturing the musical essence of the relationship between an animal and a young human. You've likely heard more flamboyant attempts at the sub-genre from both Poledouris and other composers in the past, but Amanda utilizes a more pleasantly conservative approach.



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172 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.91 Stars
***** 25 5 Stars
**** 34 4 Stars
*** 47 3 Stars
** 34 2 Stars
* 32 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 40:23
• 1. Ride to Church (2:29)
• 2. Passing Wagon (1:41)
• 3. Biddle Remembers (1:30)
• 4. Gonna Ride Spoke (0:34)
• 5. Biddle to Barn (1:16)
• 6. The Glasses (1:18)
• 7. Practice (2:04)
• 8. The Story Part I/Night By (4:08)
• 9. The Story Part II/Caleb's Fear (2:55)
• 10. Biddle Sees (1:02)
• 11. Biddle Lightens Up (2:40)
• 12. Amanda Pushes Biddle (1:26)
• 13. Common Ground (0:56)
• 14. Pole Practice II (1:11)
• 15. The Story Part III/Amanda Kills Spoke (2:17)
• 16. Search for Spoke (0:53)
• 17. Spoke is Found (0:45)
• 18. The Story Part IV/The Sword (2:07)
• 19. To the Rodeo/Biddle Accepts (3:39)
• 20. Amanda's Gift (3:35)
• 21. You Make the Magic (1:55)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert contains lengthy notes about the movie, score, and composer by Movie Music UK editor Jonathan Broxton.
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