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A Civil Action
(1998)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Conducted by:
Artie Kane
Daniel Carlin, Jr.

Orchestrated by:
Steve Bartek
Edgardo Simone

Co-Produced by:
Ellen Segal
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Hollywood Records
(December 9th, 1998)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are among the group of Danny Elfman fans that enjoyed the quirky rhythms and unconventional instrumental usages in the composer's late 1990's efforts.

Avoid it... if an Elfman score that treads dangerously close to Thomas Newman territory (of the same era) doesn't fit your desire for thematic and harmonic resonance.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #819
WRITTEN 1/18/99, REVISED 4/7/07
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A Civil Action: (Danny Elfman) Based on a true legal case, Jonathan Harr's story is translated to the big screen by director Steven Zaillian, who, after screenwriting Schindler's List, debuted at the helm with Searching for Bobby Fischer. With its outstanding cast, A Civil Action is a commentary about the overarching legal issues facing American society, and forges its message through one case (and its parties) in particular. It's less of a courtroom drama than it is the study of one attorney (played with only minimal success by John Travolta) and his transformation as his motivations and intentions change from those shaped by the legal industry to those shaped by the heart and soul. It's a redeeming, though still sobering examination of how badly average citizens are being screwed by big industry, and how the legal system often doesn't provide the satisfaction in resolving that issue. It's easy to see that composer Danny Elfman, replacing Ennio Morricone, looked at the project as one for which his music would address the soul of the picture rather than any larger issue. His scores of the late 1990's had mostly abandoned the fuller, Gothic nature of his earlier classics, and he was intent on writing either quirky scores that better suited his roots, or those that used non-traditional methods to achieve equally unconventional goals. While both tactics would serve him with Academy Award nominations in 1997, fans were still undecided about Elfman's direction when A Civil Action fulfilled the expectations of a certain zaniness, even in the face of a predominantly serious film about soul reflection.



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Total Time: 47:01
• 1. Walkin' (1:28)
• 2. Civil Theme (2:40)
• 3. The River (3:07)
• 4. And This... (1:06)
• 5. First Landing (1:15)
• 6. Something to Prove (1:20)
• 7. Bills, Bills, Bills (1:00)
• 8. Water #1 (2:03)
• 9. Trial (2:45)
• 10. Walkin' Reprise (1:32)
• 11. Objections (2:18)
• 12. Why? (3:23)
• 13. Going Down (1:27)
• 14. 20 Bucks (1:48)
• 15. The Creep Up (0:56)
• 16. Off the Hook (1:18)
• 17. Harvard Club (1:06)
• 18. Water #2 (2:13)
• 19. Night Work (2:51)
• 20. The Letter (3:25)
• 21. At Last (1:30)
• 22. End Credit Suite (6:19)

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