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Angie
(1994)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Arthur Morton
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Varèse Sarabande
(March 1st, 1994)
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Regular U.S. release. Re-pressed in identical form on December 11th, 1997.
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Buy it... if you reliably relax to Jerry Goldsmith's tender, fluid, and easy comedy and light drama scores despite inevitable familiarity with the themes and instrumentation.

Avoid it... if you seek Goldsmith's comedy and drama tones separately at their finest and have no interest in hearing a balancing act that leaves both sounds lukewarm.
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WRITTEN 6/1/98, REVISED 11/1/11
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Angie: (Jerry Goldsmith) In a feature film that was originally set to have starred Madonna as the title character, Angie takes Geena Davis instead on a wild ride from New York comedy to larger plains of American melodrama. Adapted from Avra Wing's novel "Angie, I Says," Todd Graff's script is executed on the big screen by director Martha Coolidge, whose involvement with the project would have seemed appropriate given her well-received work on another "woman's coming of age" film, the highly acclaimed Rambling Rose. Unfortunately for Coolidge, Angie was met with indifference by both critics and audiences because of its inherent flaw in regards to the indecision about which direction to take the film in relation to its genre. The first half of the film is a very funny, sassy, almost sitcom-style comedy, taking viewers on a journey of relational problems with considerable New York flavor. The latter half of the film is much more heavy-handed on the dramatic front, exploring far deeper issues than the first half could have possibly foreshadowed. It is this twist of focus that either soured the lighthearted mood or saved you from it, and in either case, the wandering focus was destined to doom the picture. Coolidge claims that she believed the task of writing original music for Angie would be a difficult one, perhaps because of the presence of these two contrasting styles in one film. Composer Jerry Goldsmith, however, seemed to have the ability to step up to that challenge. The breadth of productivity in the early 1990's were the ultimate proof of the veteran composer's versatility, with sensitivity for smaller films flowing steadily from his pen in the early years of that decade. A careful balancing the comedy and dramatic elements in Angie was accomplished by Goldsmith, some would say, though the need to walk the tightrope between both attitudes means that the score doesn't really excel in either its comedy or drama tones. Regardless of the pickle that the film's wayward direction put the composer into, the final identity that Goldsmith afforded Angie does exude a great amount of charm and affection, so much so that it actually becomes tedious after half an hour when heard outside of context.



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Average: 2.82 Stars
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Excellent!
Rende - October 4, 2006, at 1:47 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 34:36
• 1. Angie's Theme (3:32)
• 2. Shopping (1:21)
• 3. Family Life (1:20)
• 4. Museum (2:32)
• 5. Two Bells (2:34)
• 6. Thais (Massenet) (4:21)
• 7. We're Having a Baby (1:07)
• 8. Prognosis (3:28)
• 9. Journey Begins (2:27)
• 10. Something Better (3:52)
• 11. It Ain't Easy (3:02)
• 12. He's Alive (3:07)
• 13. Angie's Theme (Reprise) (1:22)

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The insert includes an interesting pictorial of Goldsmith and his team at work, as well as the following note from director Martha Coolidge:

    "From the very beginning of Angie I knew that the challenge to the composer was going to be especially difficult. Because of this, I asked for Jerry Goldsmith. Despite being intimidated by his legendary status I found him wonderfully responsive to both the movie and to me.

    He saw several early cuts of the picture and we talked about the music extensively. I felt that because it is an intimate movie, it shouldn't have a 'big,' dramatic score. He agreed and wanted to develop a theme with a folk-like melody. The elegant simplicity of the score for Angie speaks for Jerry's uncompromising originality and heart.

    Thank you, Jerry!"
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