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Breakdown
(1997)
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2001 Bootleg
2011 La-La Land
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Co-Composed and Co-Conducted by:

Co-Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Co-Conducted by:
Richard Marvin

Co-Composed and Performed by:
Eric Colvin
Judd Miller
Steve Forman

Co-Conducted by:
Lucas Richman

Co-Orchestrated by:
Greig McRitchie
Scott Smalley
Vincent Bartold
Julia Eidswoog
Lolita Ritmanis
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Soundtrack Library (Bootleg)
(2001)

La-La Land Records
(June 7th, 2011)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
No commercial album exists. The 2001 bootleg variations contain nearly the same contents but differ in cover art. The most common bootleg was from the fictitious "Soundtrack Library" label. The 2011 La-La Land 3-CD set is limited to 3,000 copies and available only through soundtrack specialty outlets.
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Buy it... on the comprehensive 3-CD set of 2011 only if you can swallow the bittersweet pill of knowing how good Basil Poledouris' original version of this score was before being absolutely butchered by a director with no musical sense.

Avoid it... if you prefer not to be frustrated by the backstory of this unfortunate turn in Poledouris' career, for the replacement score is so hideously passionless and desolate that it merits no place in your collection.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,721
WRITTEN 7/19/11
Poledouris
Poledouris
Marvin
Marvin
Breakdown: (Basil Poledouris/Various) Rearranged formula concepts don't usually work as well as Breakdown, but the 1997 movie took some of the best elements from predecessors like The Vanishing and Duel and assembled one of the most satisfying entries in the "roadside suspense" subgenre. As part of the actor's transformation into an everyday type of guy, Kurt Russell plays a man who is driving with his wife across America's Southwest when the pair have a road rage encounter with a local man in a pickup truck. When the couple's Jeep breaks down a short time later, they are offered assistance by a nice semi trucker who takes the wife to get help. She disappears, of course, and the husband spends the rest of the movie tracking down and exacting justice upon the redneck gang of kidnappers and extorters. It once again is the type of topic that AAA hates to see made into films, because it could make average suburbanites terrified of traveling the dusty roads of America and encountering its human scum. The film was met with positive reviews and decent box office success, remaining well respected as the initial mainstream entry for director Jonathan Mostow. Unfortunately, Breakdown represented a significant turning point for composer Basil Poledouris, who, in his later years, became disillusioned with the Hollywood scoring process in part because of his nightmare during this assignment. In fact, at least some of the composer's decision to restrict his workload at the end of the 1990's was due to Mostow, a director with a generally poor musical sense when it comes to his movies. Aside from a few highlights in U-571, Mostow's involvement in the oversight of the music in that film, Breakdown, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, and Surrogates (his only films during this period) has proven him to be a poor judge of the boundaries between music and sound design, the latter element seemingly his primary desire even in situations that require the kind of emotional connection that only more traditionally melodic music can provide. Lots of directors make these choices, but few do so with such detrimental results to their own pictures.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
2001 Bootleg Tracks   ▼Total Time: 116:57
CD 1 (Rejected Score): (56:31)
• 1. Original Main Title (2:59)
• 2. Gas Station (0:50)
• 3. Breakdown/Spotting the Truck (1:19)
• 4. Letting the Truck Go (1:39)
• 5. Police Station (1:05)
• 6. He's Getting Away (8:39)
• 7. Knocked Out (0:24)
• 8. 50 Minutes is All You Got (4:11)
• 9. Bank Withdrawal (5:07)
• 10. Road to Nowhere (1:04)
• 11. Rich Assholes Looking For Trouble (2:33)
• 12. Tables Turn (0:48)
• 13. Officer Down/Truck Traverse (7:07)
• 14. The Barn (4:50)
• 15. Escape/Road Rage (8:15)
• 16. Showdown at the Bridge (5:41)
CD 2 (Final Score): (60:26)
• 1. Main Title (2:48)
• 2. Gas Station (0:53)
• 3. Breakdown (0:44)
• 4. 18 Wheels From a Distance (0:56)
• 5. The Wrong Truck (1:43)
• 6. Missing Persons (1:09)
• 7. Belle's Diner/Billy's Story (4:23)
• 8. Oh Shit Scherzo (4:28)
• 9. Looking On (0:24)
• 10. 90,000 Dollars and 50 Minutes (1:35)
• 11. Brackett Commerce Bank (2:36)
• 12. Paranoid Liquidator (2:18)
• 13. Bank Bathroom (1:18)
• 14. A Town Under Surveillance (1:50)
• 15. The First Car That Stops (1:01)
• 16. The Tide Turns (2:37)
• 17. Where is She? (0:48)
• 18. Officer Down - The Truck Stop - Climbing the Trailor (7:00)
• 19. The Barn (3:37)
• 20. Into the House (1:18)
• 21. Standoff - Escape (8:25)
• 22. Over the Edge (0:49)
• 23. Chain Fight and Aftermath (3:09)
• 24. End Title (4:37)
2011 La-La Land Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 167:54

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The bootlegs contain no consistent packaging. The 2011 La-La Land set includes detailed information about the film and the circumstances involving the rejection of the score.
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