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Bowfinger
(1999)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Conducted by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Alexander Janko

Produced by:
Robert Townson
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(August 10th, 1999)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you appreciate 1970's retro funk in the mould of Lalo Schifrin, for Bowfinger uses it almost constantly to carry its cheesy attitude.

Avoid it... if you're a traditional David Newman fan curious about the magnificent three-minute orchestral finale cue that is available on a compilation elsewhere.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,148
WRITTEN 9/3/99, REVISED 4/28/08
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Bowfinger: (David Newman) Director Frank Oz's knack for taking ridiculous concepts and developing them into highly smart, entertaining films continued with 1999's Bowfinger, a comedy that pokes fun at Hollywood itself. With in-jokes galore, the script by Steve Martin is consistently funny from start to finish, especially for hardcore movie-goers familiar with the workings of the industry. Martin plays a filmmaker in the dumps, the kind of Ed Wood fanatic who produces B-rate trash with hearty zeal and decides at the most perilous financial moment in his life that the alien flick of his dreams is his ticket to success. He manages to achieve studio approval, but is forced to acquire an action star played by Eddie Murphy in order to get funding. When Murphy refuses, Martin's creative genius decides to feature the star without his knowledge, filming him in random public encounters with the remainder of the cast and hiring a hopelessly shy and untalented look-alike for other scenes. Highlighted by Murphy's dual performances, Bowfinger received praise all around and was a popular success. The film was just another atypical walk in the park for composer David Newman, whose career has been largely defined by films that don't make waves with their underscores. Like many of these projects, Bowfinger's music on screen is better represented by the numerous lovable songs licensed for the picture. Still, fans of the composer had heightened expectations for the project because it was the first venture for Newman since his Oscar-nominated (and certainly award-worthy) work for Fox's animated musical Anastasia. In terms of style, you couldn't get music any further from Anastasia than Bowfinger, which relies on a small jazz and funk band for the majority of its running time before unleashing one monumental orchestral theme at its triumphant conclusion. Fans of Lalo Schifrin 1960's and 1970's pizzazz, it's time to perk up, for Bowfinger swaggers into a cool territory that was experiencing a renaissance in the late 1990's. The ensemble for the majority of Bowfinger consists of two guitars, trumpet, bass, sax, drums, and keyboards, one of the last of which is programmed as a cheesy and obnoxious hammond organ.

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Average: 2.48 Stars
***** 42 5 Stars
**** 57 4 Stars
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* 116 1 Stars
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The score wasn't that bad...
Amuro - January 4, 2004, at 5:59 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 41:21
• 1. "There is Always One More Time" - performed by Johnny Adams (3:40)
• 2. "You're a Wonderful One" - performed by Marvin Gaye (2:44)
• 3. "And I Love You So" - performed by Perry Como (3:16)
• 4. "Mambo U.K." - performed by iCubanismo! (5:36)
• 5. "Super Bad, Super Slick" - performed by James Brown (4:27)
• 6. "Secret Agent Man" - performed by Johnny Rivers (3:05)

Original Score:
• 7. Betsy Chases Kit/The First Shot/A Short Ride/Dave Makes a Call/Dave Returns Camera (4:18)
• 8. Cafe Set-Up/Shooting the Cafe/Stealing Renfro's Car/Auditioning the Butts (3:42)
• 9. 'Chubby Rain' (1:03)
• 10. Clothing Store/Daisy Rescues Kit (2:00)
• 11. The Observatory (4:22)
• 12. Finale/Fed Ex Delivers (2:50)

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