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Big
(1988)
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Composed and Conducted by:

Produced by:
Nick Redman

"Heart and Soul" composed by:
Hoagy Carmichael
Frank Loesser
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(November, 2002)
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The 2002 Varèse Sarabande Album is a "Limited Collector's Edition" of 3,000 copies and is available only through the label's site or online soundtrack specialty outlets. Catalog number: VCL 1102 1015
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Buy it... if you have some extra money to spend on a lovable, lightweight score for a comedy classic.

Avoid it... if you haven't been charmed by the film or you have nightmares about encountering the famous walking piano in a toy store and hearing the catchy "Heart and Soul" tune on its flashing keys.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #412
WRITTEN 3/9/03, REVISED 11/9/08
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Big: (Howard Shore) How delightful it is that a lovable film like Big could change so many careers. It was a watershed event for both actor Tom Hanks and director Penny Marshall, and, to an extent, it helped expand notice for a somewhat obscure composer at the time named Howard Shore. Never expected to be a hit success, Big was the kind of affable film that grew out of word of month until it stormed through the awards season of 1988-1989 with a wealth of praise spread around to the entire production team. Hanks plays the adult incarnation of a boy who longs simply to "be big" and receives his magically granted wish from an amusement park machine. While stuck in Hanks' adult body, the boy becomes successful in the toy industry and even teaches a romantic interest how to regain her inner child as well. It was a perfect merging of the romantic comedy and science fiction and fantasy genres, and Hanks' performance alone contributed greatly to the $17 million production's ability to earn $115 million domestically. Howard Shore was still leagues away from his blast into the mainstream with the Lord of the Rings films in the 2000's and the plethora of dark thrillers that defined his earlier career in the 1990's. For people who became familiar with Shore mainly due his efforts in the horror and suspense genre (Silence of the Lambs, Crash, Seven, etc), hearing Big once again may surprise you. Veteran film music fans had always recognized Big, though, as one of the more noteworthy unreleased works on CD of the 1980's and 1990's. Shore's creative job of scoring the romance of the story alongside the adaptation of outside music for the most memorable scenes in the film was not lost on many who enjoyed Big. The highlight of the film (and arguably a classic scene in the history of cinema) is the "Toy Store Walking Piano" dance in a New York store that playfully adapts Hoagy Carmichael and Frank Loesser's famous "Heart and Soul" theme from the perspective of a child in a grown man's body. Anyone who has ever taken piano lessons in their life undoubtedly remembers this infectious tune and thus its use in the film is extremely memorable.

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VIEWER RATINGS
791 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.29 Stars
***** 175 5 Stars
**** 190 4 Stars
*** 202 3 Stars
** 142 2 Stars
* 82 1 Stars
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I just bought it
JediJones - March 14, 2010, at 12:32 a.m.
1 comment  (1114 views)
Release in 2002 and still not sold out. WHY???   Expand >>
Jennie - September 8, 2009, at 11:55 a.m.
2 comments  (1428 views)
Newest: September 23, 2013, at 11:18 p.m.by J
score
Gillian Antonio - March 16, 2005, at 11:33 p.m.
1 comment  (2788 views)
delightful and early score from Howard Shore
Luis L. - March 25, 2003, at 12:07 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 63:03
• 1. Opening (2:53)
• 2. Calliope (2:34)
• 3. Zoltar (3:05)
• 4. Waking Up (3:37)
• 5. New York (1:19)
• 6. Alone in the Hotel (0:28)
• 7. Toy Store Walking Piano - includes "Heart and Soul" (1:56)
• 8. To Bed (1:35)
• 9. Racquetball (1:54)
• 10. Falling in Love (1:16)
• 11. Moonlight Serenade - composed by Glenn Miller (2:58)
• 12. Josh and Susan (2:23)
• 13. The Envelope (1:50)
• 14. Visiting Home/It's in Every One of Us - composed by David Pomeranz (3:16)
• 15. The Confession (0:41)
• 16. Billy and Mom (1:14)
• 17. Finding Zoltar (4:32)
• 18. Goodbye and End Titles - includes "Heart and Soul" (8:00)

Bonus Tracks:
• 19. Waking Up (Alternate) (3:50)
• 20. New York (Alternate) (1:16)
• 21. Visiting Home (Alternate) (3:02)
• 22. Visiting Home (Alternate #2) (1:45)
• 23. Billy and Mom (Alternate) (1:11)
• 24. Goodbye Part One (Alternate) (1:36)
• 25. Goodbye Part Two (Alternate) (3:22)
• 26. End Titles (Alternate) - includes "Heart and Soul" (1:35)
("Heart and Soul" composed by Hoagy Carmichael and Frank Loesser)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert contains a very lengthy note about every aspect of the film and score. It is customary for albums in the Varèse Sarabande CD Club series to include detailed analysis.
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