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Because of Winn-Dixie
(2005)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jeff Atmajian

Conducted by:
David Snell
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Nettwerk America
(January 25th, 2005)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you are a Rachel Portman completist and seek thirteen very pleasant but hardly groundbreaking minutes of score that infuses Southern American flavor into her usual methodology.

Avoid it... if Portman's music, no matter the specialty instrumentation it utilizes, is often too repetitive for your liking and the compilation of songs holds no interest for you, either.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #887
WRITTEN 2/12/05, REVISED 10/24/11
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Because of Winn-Dixie: (Rachel Portman) A "child befriends dog" film based upon the Newberry Medal-winning children's novel of the same name by Kate DiCamillo, Because of Winn-Dixie used its name recognition in early 2005 to be plucked out of the arthouse circuit and distributed widely enough by 20th Century Fox to bring in a modest but impressive fiscal haul. In the story, a 10-year-old girl moves with her preacher father (feel-good movie regular Jeff Daniels) to a small Florida town where she doesn't know anyone until she adopts a dog (with the usual traits for a feel-good movie: big, old, ugly, stray) and uses her relationship with the animal to gain acceptance with others in the town and repair her strained relationship with her own father so that he can finally reveal why her mother ran away long ago. Never fret over the outcome, however, because the dog is smart enough to hide when necessary and reveal itself just in time for the cast to sing a happy song at the end. It may seem like an "oh, jeez" kind of storyline (certainly movies such as this have been made since the beginning of the industry and they honestly belong on television) but the premise continues to sell. With a host of child and animal stars, the movie was appropriately shot in the Deep South of America, requiring that the combination of songs and score for the soundtrack stir a sense of Southern hospitality into a vibrant stew that would appeal to both children and adult viewers. Director Wayne Wang had worked with composer Rachel Portman a few times before, with The Joy Luck Club in 1993 serving as the triumph of their collaboration (they would reunite again for Snow Flower and the Secret Fan in 2011). By 2005, it had been a few years since Portman returned to the genre of sugar-coated innocence that helped her established her hopelessly optimistic, upbeat styles in the 1990's. The composer's heartwarming orchestral sensibilities had been absent from many of her works of the early 2000's as she instead filled her time with projects that branched out from the stereotypical romances and other light dramas that had defined her career. With its tender sensibilities, Because of Winn-Dixie represented a stereotypical Portman project from the days of old, and both her skeptics and collectors recognized that the assignment was destined to reinforce their previously conceived opinions of her style, for the composer breaks absolutely no new ground with this effort.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 44:39
• 1. Opal's Blues - performed by The Be Good Tanyas (3:03)
• 2. I've Gotta See You Smile - performed by Leigh Nash (3:08)
• 3. Someday Somehow - performed by The Beu Sisters (2:54)
• 4. Sunflowers - performed by Alice Peacock (3:11)
• 5. Splish Splash - performed by Adam Schlesinger & James Ina (2:12)
• 6. The Clapping Song - performed by Shirley Ellis (3:11)
• 7. Won't Give In - performed by The Finn Brothers (4:17)
• 8. Cabaret - performed by Emmylou Harris (4:56)
• 9. Fly - performed by Shawn Colvin (2:40)
• 10. Glory Glory - performed by Patrinell Wright & Gloria Smith (2:23)

• 11. Tree of Wrongs* (4:17)
• 12. Opal's Theme* (4:18)
• 13. Ten Things* (4:04)
* score composed by Rachel Portman

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