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The Closer You Get
(2000)
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Composed, Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Conducted by:
David Snell
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RCA Victor
(February 8th, 2000)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are attracted to Rachel Portman's quirky comedy rhythms and want to hear her make the most out of a small and eclectic (but enthusiastic) ensemble.

Avoid it... if nothing about the standard whimsical style of Portman's lighter shades appeals to your preference for her weightier romantic dramas.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #802
WRITTEN 10/2/00, REVISED 6/30/08
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The Closer You Get: (Rachel Portman) Fox Searchlight's 2000 follow-up to their surprising hit The Full Monty is a similarly themed arthouse picture, but this time pouring on the comedy inherent in Irish culture. Four men in a small town in Ireland meet nightly at a pub to moan over the fact that there isn't a good selection of women in the area. With few in the town enjoying the benefits of marriage, the local priest becomes a consistent target of the film's comedy. The men place an advertisement soliciting American women for their town's annual St. Martha's Day Dance (and themselves) in a Miami newspaper and are dismayed when the local women irritatingly respond by inviting a bunch of Spanish fishermen to the affair. In the end, the right matches are there all along if only the belligerent folks of the town would realize it. Becoming a regular in the arthouse scene during the late 1990's was composer Rachel Portman, who likely would have won a second Oscar had she scored The Full Monty instead of Anne Dudley. Portman's low key work for The Closer You Get couldn't compare with her mainstream appeal caused by scores like The Cider House Rules, but collectors of the composer's work can't help but love the spunk that she adds to funky little romantic comedies like this one. She throws the best of her usual, upbeat, charming, and small-scale style to help the story along from joke to joke. The small budget and provincial personality of the film allowed for only a limited ensemble of players to be hired for this score. Portman employs a handful of specialty artists, including a majority of woodwinds (she sure does love those woodwinds), a few guitars, banjo, accordion, electric bass, a single violin, marimba, and some light band percussion. There seems to be some synthetic, keyboarded elements in parts, but they serve only to flesh out the background of a few cues. The bass clarinet gets the most airtime in the score.



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Average: 2.99 Stars
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Total Time: 34:41
• 1. The Closer You Get (3:27)
• 2. I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) - performed by The Proclaimers (3:36)
• 3. The Morning After (1:24)
• 4. A New Look (0:44)
• 5. A Kiss to Build a Dream On - performed by Louis Armstrong (3:03)
• 6. Hope Springs Eternal (1:34)
• 7. Tell Laura I Love Her - performed by Ricky Valance (2:41)
• 8. At the Dance - performed by a various ensemble (3:32)
• 9. Why Wouldn't They? (1:12)
• 10. Sean & Ella (2:04)
• 11. There's a Suit (2:57)
• 12. Black is the Color - performed by Mae McKenna/John Paricelli (2:38)
• 13. End Titles Suite (2:52)
• 14. I Get the Sweetest Feeling - performed by Jackie Wilson (2:50)

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