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Up Close & Personal
(1996)
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Thomas Pasatieri

Co-Produced by:
Bill Bernstein
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Hollywood Records
(February 27th, 1996)
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Regular U.S. release.
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AWARDS
The song "Because You Loved Me" won a Grammy Award and was nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe.
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Buy it... with caution even if you are a Thomas Newman collector, for the romantic highlights of this score are tepid and infrequent.

Avoid it... if warmth in melody and performance is your expectation, the lack that key element in the score compensated for by the famous Celine Dion song heard in the film but not included on the soundtrack album.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,854
WRITTEN 2/8/12
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Up Close & Personal: (Thomas Newman) Hollywood screws up good scripts all the time, often taking a compelling real story and sweetening it with romantic fluff to help sell tickets to female audiences eager to see major stars flash their chemistry on screen. Such was the case with the Robert Redford and Michelle Pfeiffer love-fest Up Close & Personal, but the difference between this 1996 film and other equivalent butcherings of a non-fiction concept is that critics blasted its studio mercilessly for its streamlined disrespect for the person who inspired its plot. That woman was Jessica Savitch, a controversial television anchorwoman of the 1970's and early 1980's whose rise to fame was just as sensationalized as the circumstances of her accidental death in 1983. After adapting the Alanna Nash biography of Savitch in the late 1980's, the screenwriters for Up Close & Personal suffered a total of eight years of studio meddling with the script that caused the writers so much trauma that they wrote their own book about the awful experience. By the time Disney's Touchstone Pictures was finished with Up Close & Personal, the movie existed only to serve as a mindless romance story for Redford and Pfeiffer, which didn't make much sense given that the altered story contained a depressing ending involving the death of a lead character that was completely unrelated to the real life events that inspired the film. None of these problems stopped female viewers from turning the project into one of mild success for Disney, and its legacy is largely associated most frequently with the popular love ballad "Because You Loved Me" written for the film's romantic bonding sequences. The innocuous Diane Warren song, performed smoothly by Celine Dion, was popular enough to earn the only major awards nominations (Academy, Grammy, and Golden Globe) enjoyed by this picture. Relegated to a secondary role was Thomas Newman's score for Up Close & Personal, his third of four collaborations with director Jon Avent in the 1990's. Newman was finally beginning to fill the shoes of his father in the industry early in that decade, a frequent Oscar nominee and an artist whose distinct instrumental and rhythmic style earned him an immediate fanbase within the film music community. Unfortunately, the palatability of Newman's music for those Avent movies declined as the 1990's progressed, never again achieving the affable personality of Fried Green Tomatoes.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 42:03
• 1. Miss Sierra Logger (2:56)
• 2. A Week Eight Days (2:33)
• 3. Uprise (1:30)
• 4. Vulgar Innuendo (0:58)
• 5. Hong Kong Mambo - performed by Tito Puente (3:47)
• 6. Up Close (2:45)
• 7. Moral High Ground (1:41)
• 8. So Much Cherry Piecrust (2:31)
• 9. Cafe - performed by Eddie Palmieri (6:37)
• 10. Sun and Moon (1:11)
• 11. Los Locos (2:11)
• 12. Upwind (2:46)
• 13. Cellblock C (2:38)
• 14. Philly Rebound (1:21)
• 15. No Justice (2:03)
• 16. Bonefish (1:50)
• 17. She Knows Now (2:23)

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