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Bopha!
(1993)
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Composed and Produced by:

Performed by:
James Horner
Ian Underwood
Ralph Grierson
Mike Fisher
Warren Luening Jr.
Kazu Matsui
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Big Screen Records
(November, 1993)
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Regular U.S. release. Out of print as of 1997, and very difficult to find in any stores.
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Buy it... if you enjoy Horner's minimally rendered, ethnically charged works.

Avoid it... if another blast of the sakauhachi flute over tired percussion and bland electronic soundscapes is not your cup of tea.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #994
WRITTEN 1/16/00, REVISED 8/13/06
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Bopha!: (James Horner) There have been many powerful plays written to illustrate the struggles of race in South Africa, and among them is Percy Mtwa's Bopha!. In his directorial debut, Morgan Freeman imports Hollywood talent to Zimbabwe to tell this tale against the authentic poverty-stricken backdrop of Southern Africa. That talent goes largely wasted because of the inability of Danny Glover and Malcolm McDowell to speak well in the English and Afrikaans dialects of the region. The film also had perhaps an alienating effect on audiences because the story involves conflict between the native African cultures of the areas, playing to a different storyline that impressed critics but left audiences with no clear resolution from the film. Freeman's direction also came under fire at the time. It's no surprise that he would have wanted composer James Horner to join the crew, however, for the two had both been part of a Glory film that featured an outstanding Horner effort. Bopha! is a world away, however, not only in location but in budget as well. For the project, Horner would sneak in a quick, synthesized effort to satisfy the basic needs of the film. Such endeavors by Horner (the completely synthetic or small-ensemble variety) have ranged from serviceable to miserable; it should be noted that one of Horner's best ethnic scores has remained Thunderheart, for which much the same kind of ensemble was assembled as heard in Bopha!. In many cases, you hear electronic Horner scores like Unlawful Entry or The Name of the Rose and you wish that you could hear them performed by a large symphonic group, for Horner's ideas are usually pretty strong. One major exception, however, is Bopha!, arguably one of the most unlistenable scores ever produced by Horner, even if it serves the very basic functions of the film. Unlike The Chumscrubber more than a decade later, Horner's synthetic work here exhibits very little of the composer's trademark creativity.



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335 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 1.94 Stars
***** 22 5 Stars
**** 26 4 Stars
*** 37 3 Stars
** 75 2 Stars
* 175 1 Stars
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Soundtrack for sale
Sherlock Tang - April 30, 2007, at 12:59 a.m.
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This review is a bit harsh; Bopha isn't all bad
Brian - October 9, 2005, at 1:38 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 52:26
• 1. Amandla! (3:36)
• 2. Main Title (3:23)
• 3. Pride of the S.A.P. (1:28)
• 4. The Depot (5:35)
• 5. "Necklaced" Effigy/Micah Moves to the Campound (3:51)
• 6. Micah & Rosie/Indefinite Detention (6:49)
• 7. Nightfall (3:05)
• 8. "Arrest the Children" (4:43)
• 9. Estrangement (1:32)
• 10. Uprising (3:54)
• 11. Torching Micah's House (3:55)
• 12. A Shattered World (2:37)
• 13. Naledi Saves Zweli (1:46)
• 14. Theme From Bopha!/Amandla! (6:02)

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