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Awakenings
(1990)
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Jack Hayes

Co-Produced by:
Jim Flamberg
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Reprise Records
(January 16th, 1991)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Nominated for a Grammy Award.
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Buy it... if you wish to place yourself in a catatonic state, in which case this innocuously inoffensive and pretty score on repeat for a week might do the job.

Avoid it... if you appreciate Randy Newman's feather-light touch when hearing his sensitive character themes but you also require interludes of deeper weight or much variation in tone throughout such scores.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,790
WRITTEN 2/21/12
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Awakenings: (Randy Newman) Depending on your frame of mind, the 1990 movie Awakenings could either reaffirm the hopeless optimism you feel in your heart or throw you into the pits of despair with its depiction of futile medicine. Based upon the true story of a neurologist played by Robin Williams (in a serious role), the movie explores his frustrating efforts of the 1960's to awaken patients who have spent decades in a catatonic state, using outside stimuli to interact with the trapped minds with varying levels of success. He eventually tests the use of a new drug on one patient (Robert De Niro) who, almost miraculously, emerges from his catatonic state and is suddenly able to carry on a nearly normal lifestyle. Soon, however, the limitations of the drug are exposed as this patient (and others who were treated the same way) begin to deteriorate in their condition until they slip back into unconsciousness. The film concentrates on the process of rebirth and the realizations of the limitations of time, an exercise in persistence against medical odds. The movie represented the first project by director Penny Marshall since her mainstream debut with Big a couple of years earlier, and her efforts were rewarded with universal critical acclaim and three major Academy Award nominations. The movie came at a time before Marshall struck up a collaboration with emerging composer Hans Zimmer, utilizing Randy Newman instead for this assignment. After Newman's memorable success for The Natural in 1984, he followed a brief period of relative inactivity with a trio of serious, small-scale dramatic scores that ranged from Parenthood in 1989 to Awakenings and Avalon the following year. Many years before his hit scores and songs for animated features, Newman was known for his respectful handling of intimate Americana topics (with the occasional flair for the dramatic). In this trilogy of scores, you hear Newman toil with the melodic grace close to his heart, restraining its usual waltz or jazz rhythms to often barely audible levels of activity. At times, this sound expands out to define the larger scope of American society as a whole, especially in his ragtime-style retro mould that would extend to 1950's purity in Pleasantville. In the uniquely somber dramatic portions of these specific 1989 and 1990 scores, however, you encounter a tender side of Newman that is nothing less than charmingly relaxing at best and inoffensively atmospheric at worst.



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Average: 2.77 Stars
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Total Time: 42:20
• 1. Leonard (4:32)
• 2. Dr. Sayer (1:39)
• 3. Lucy (3:11)
• 4. Catch (1:10)
• 5. Rilke's Panther (3:11)
• 6. L Dopa (3:09)
• 7. Awakenings (5:43)
• 8. Time of the Season - performed by The Zombies (3:14)
• 9. Outside (1:05)
• 10. Escape Attempt (0:50)
• 11. Ward Five (3:29)
• 12. Dexter's Tune (2:39)
• 13. The Reality of Miracles (2:29)
• 14. End Title (6:00)

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