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Class Action
(1991)
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Composed, Co-Performed, and Produced by:

Synthesizers Performed by:
Ian Underwood
Ralph Grierson
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Varèse Sarabande
(March 5th, 1991)
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Regular U.S. release, but out of print within a few years and difficult to find in stores.
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Buy it... only if you are completely prepared for the mundane personality of James Horner's minimalistic atmosphere maintained by quiet piano, sax, and synthesizer.

Avoid it... if your interest in Horner's work only rises when the composer significantly rearranges his own formulas and emphasizes emotional development in his dramatic efforts.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,082
WRITTEN 6/15/98, REVISED 11/8/11
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Class Action: (James Horner) While many of director Michael Apted's films have a longevity of popularity because of their usual high quality, Class Action isn't one of them. That's not to say that the 1991 film isn't without its fair share of merits, earning a fairly positive critical response despite yielding disappointing audience support at the box office. A father and daughter tandem of lawyers, played by Gene Hackman and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, finds themselves on opposite sides of the bar and arguing a large, contemporary class action case against each other. The father is more of the radical, sleazy type of attorney who jumps at the opportunity to serve a case against an automaker whose 1985 station wagons have a nasty tendency to explode. His daughter represents the big business interests in defense, and the case allows the entire family to interact in such ways as to expose and deal with each character's flaws. Apted seems to enjoy making films about people immersed in their journeys towards self-discovery, and in the case of Class Action, it is Mastrantonio's portrayal of the growing up and coming to terms with Hackman's (and her own) flaws that highlights the movie. In these regards, screenwriters Carolyn Shelby, Christopher Ames, and Samantha Shad nicely avoided the pitfalls of cliche in a project that otherwise had cliche written all over it. As for the score for the film, Class Action marked the second of three notable collaborations between composer James Horner and Apted, ranging from Gorky Park way back in 1983 to Thunderheart in 1992, the latter respected as one of the better scores to ever exist in an Apted film. The director would then jump around between composers before settling upon David Arnold as his usual collaborator multiple times in the late 1990's. On Horner's part, Class Action is as basic of a contribution to a film that a score can be. With so much attention placed on the dialogue and acting in the film, the music serves only the minimal purpose of filling dead air in the film. With an obvious minimalistic approach in mind, you can't really blame Horner for the lack of enthusiasm inherent in this kind of safe conversational drama music. At the very least, it makes for an extremely consistent listening experience outside of context.



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Average: 2.62 Stars
***** 18 5 Stars
**** 20 4 Stars
*** 26 3 Stars
** 27 2 Stars
* 39 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 32:20
• 1. Main Title (2:57)
• 2. Memories of Mom (4:12)
• 3. Do you Like Me (1:44)
• 4. The Deposition (2:41)
• 5. The More I See You* (1:56)
• 6. Depth Charge (1:51)
• 7. Michael Revealed (1:22)
• 8. Iron Mountain (0:46)
• 9. Paper Blizzard (2:45)
• 10. Stolen Files (1:13)
• 11. The Trial (2:48)
• 12. Healing the Rift (5:22)
• 13. End Title (2:37)
* composed by Harry Warren and Mac Gordon.

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