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American Gangster
(2007)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:
Marc Streitenfeld

Co-Orchestrated and Co-Conducted by:
Bruce Fowler

Co-Conducted by:
Mike Nowak

Co-Orchestrated by:
Walt Fowler
Yvonne Moriarty
Rick Giovinazzo
Steve Fowler

Co-Produced by:
Peter Cobbin

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(February 19th, 2008)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Nominated for a BAFTA award.
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Buy it... if you seek a very competent adaptation of Blaxploitation tones into a rhythmically aggressive, atmospherically creepy orchestral and synthetic blend.

Avoid it... if the haze of a dirty, murky environment for the majority of the score cannot sustain your interest after several engaging cues of distinct 1970's attitude for the title character at the start.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,761
WRITTEN 4/8/11
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American Gangster: (Marc Streitenfeld) The rise and fall of legendary Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas inspired this largely true to life depiction of his exploits in the 1970's. At a time when Italian and Jewish crime organizations ruled the American drug trade, Lucas' enterprise was an enormous (and initially disbelieved) step forward for African American criminal gangs. The key to Lucas' success rested upon his connection in the shipment of superior, pure heroin contained in the coffins of dead American soldiers returning from the war in Vietnam. He diluted this raw material and sold it for incredible profits on the streets, careful to employ his family and avoid drawing attention to himself. Eventually, he did attract the curiosity of NYCP detectives and lost everything when his situation became too complicated to maintain. This 2007 film follows the cat and mouse game between Lucas and the primary detective, the two eventually becoming friends and resolving with the gangster's acceptance of a different world upon his release from prison in the 1990's. The production of American Gangster was long a frustrating endeavor for Universal, the helm originally to belong to Antoine Fuqua in 2004 but whose firing left the film in re-write limbo for several years. By the time Ridley Scott agreed to direct American Gangster, concerns about its bloated budget abounded, but significant critical praise and widespread recognition at global awards ceremonies helped yield over $260 million in box office grosses. The concerns about recouping the budget initially led to a disagreement over the content of the music in the film. Lead actor Denzel Washington sought a modern R&B-inspired soundtrack to be written by Jay-Z, and Universal did eventually allow that project to proceed. But at Scott's insistence, the film's source usage and original score remained firmly rooted in the sound of the 1970's. Hip hop artist Hank Shocklee was employed to assemble several newly recorded source pieces, some of which written by himself, while Scott returned to his collaboration with composer Marc Streitenfeld from 2006's A Good Year. The connection between Streitenfeld and the director extended from Scott's much longer working relationship with Hans Zimmer. For Scott's Kingdom of Heaven in 2005, Zimmer associate Harry Gregson-Williams took over that collaboration, but it was a messy situation to say the least and Streitenfeld's work as musical director for that film led to more lasting roll. Interestingly, aside from writing music for the next four Scott movies, the former Zimmer assistant did not branch out into other scoring assignments over the following five years.



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Average: 3.02 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 38:47
• 1. The Process (2:12)
• 2. Frank Lucas (2:40)
• 3. Hundred Percent Pure (2:11)
• 4. Fire (1:54)
• 5. The Arrival of Spring (1:03)
• 6. Suspects (2:01)
• 7. Caskets (2:41)
• 8. Kill No Cop (2:20)
• 9. Shakedown (1:24)
• 10. Turkeys (1:49)
• 11. The Fight (3:16)
• 12. Headlights (2:19)
• 13. The Raid (3:20)
• 14. The Morgue (1:30)
• 15. Chinchilla Coat (2:42)
• 16. Afro Beat (source) (1:45)
• 17. Back to Bangkok Blues (source) (2:09)
• 18. Hallway (source) (1:42)

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The insert includes a list of performers, but no extra information about the score or film.
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