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Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius
(2004)
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Composed, Orchestrated, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
Simon Rhodes
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Varèse Sarabande
(May 11th, 2004)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if there is no end to your tolerance of James Horner's regurgitated Scottish and light string mannerisms, both of which pleasantly extended into this generic effort.

Avoid it... if you demand more than the static tone of yesteryear's Horner melodies and rehashed Scottish rhythms for pipes in your inspirational sports dramas.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #686
WRITTEN 5/13/04, REVISED 10/14/11
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Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius: (James Horner) The plotline of the cinematic telling of Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius could seem like 120 minutes of torture if you're not enthusiastic about golf and its history. Robert Tyre Jones, Jr. remains the one and only person to have ever won the title of Grand Slam Champion by winning the British Amateur, the British Open, the U.S. Open, and the U.S. Amateur, all in 1930. Having done so at the age of 28, Jones is the subject of biographical treatment in this film, which depicts his life up to and including that golfing record. It's a no-thrills detailing of Jones' sickly childhood, his "miracle" year of performance on the golf courses of Scotland and America, and his ultimate decision to retire early to spend time with his family. The film was pounded by critics for being a boring examination of an event that few people really care about, with poor cast performances (led by Jim Caviezel fresh from his suffering portrayal of Jesus in The Passion of the Christ) and sappy, unoriginal photography of golf courses. If you go back through the rather stark history of golfing films (Tin Cup, Caddyshack, The Legend of Bagger Vance, etc), there really is a limit to the originality with which you can make an interesting dramatic film about the sport and, more specifically, one golfer. This problem extends to the original scores for these films, though Rachel Portman managed to strike one very popular and magical exception with The Legend of Bagger Vance in 2000. Since the meat of Bobby Jones is based in Scotland, the producers of the film sought the services of James Horner in order to reinvent his own wildly popular 1995 score for Braveheart in a more personalized fashion. After producing four scores all for release in the last two months of 2003, Horner continued his fast pace of writing with both his replacement score for Troy and a his heartfelt work for Bobby Jones, both of which released on album on the same day in May, 2004. Fortunately for the composer, Bobby Jones is a score that Horner could have written in his sleep, and, in most of its parts, it sounds like he just may have been asleep while writing it. The film didn't necessary demand much of Horner; its emotional depth could have been greater had the filmmaking been of better quality, but as it stands, a very stereotypically soft ethnic and string score from Horner suffices at every turn without presenting any substantively new ideas.



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Alternative review of Bobby Jones at Movie Music UK
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 63:24
• 1. St. Andrews (7:16)
• 2. Baby Strokes (4:05)
• 3. The First Lesson (4:39)
• 4. Not Just a Game Anymore (3:05)
• 5. Destined for Greatness (6:52)
• 6. The Painful Secret (3:42)
• 7. "A Win, Finally!" (3:36)
• 8. Playing the Odds (6:07)
• 9. "He's On a Roll Now" (2:03)
• 10. The Shot of a Lifetime (4:47)
• 11. Living the Dream (10:26)
• 12. End Credits (6:42)

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