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Conspiracy Theory
(1997)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Sonny Kompanek
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TVT Records
(August 12th, 1997)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you've always had a soft spot for Henry Mancini's quirkier jazz material, a sound that is blown to massive proportions and arguably defies logic in this score but is gloriously successful for its humorous portions nonetheless.

Avoid it... if you expect the upbeat and redemptive thematic portions of Carter Burwell's score, for many listeners among the highlights of his career, to coexist easily with the challenging, chaotic orchestral suspense sound that saturates the remainder of the score with dread.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,682
WRITTEN 7/21/10
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Conspiracy Theory: (Carter Burwell) A film of immense potential that never came together with convincing authority was Conspiracy Theory, the convoluted story of government corruption and its affect on a neurotic conspiracy theorist who is unwittingly a test subject of a secret agency. Mel Gibson delivers a memorable but somewhat cheap portrayal of the subject turned taxi driver, obsessed with purchasing copies of "Catcher in the Rye" and keeping his eye on a good government agent played by Julia Roberts. The two become intertwined in a conspiracy that begins with the taxi driver's newsletter about bizarre government technologies and cover-ups. As he gets a little too close to the truth, his subscribers are killed one by one and he (and the good agent) must peel back the layers within the intelligence community to save their lives. Among the notable aspects of Conspiracy Theory was Gibson's occasionally ad-libbed performance (sadly minus the actor's famous later rants about Jews, blacks, and whores) and Patrick Stewart as the creepy antagonist. The 1997 film was yet another failure for director Richard Donner, whose career was well into its slow demise by then; Conspiracy Theory did not recoup its $80 million budget in America and relied upon worldwide grosses to generate its mediocre profit. The main problem with the film was its inability to reconcile its truly frightening parts with the genuinely humorous aspects of the theorist's quirky beliefs and behavior (including a classic scene involving a government van and a vendor's cart). That incongruent merging of emotional appeals was directly reflected in Carter Burwell's score as well. Donner's productions were a rotating door for composers, the director never faithful to one style. The application of Burwell's talents to Conspiracy Theory turned out to be among one of the filmmaker's better decisions. The score is a challenging blend of high style jazz and dissonant atmospherics, with brutal orchestral shades often lending immensely disturbing gravity to the concept of governmental conspiracy. Interestingly, while the soundtrack album lists over 200 musicians comprising the symphonic ensemble, the score doesn't actually sound that massive, instead suggesting the possibility that two or more ensembles were employed to perform different parts of the score (with the significant differences between humorous jazz and terrifying bombast in the music, perhaps one or the other was a late alteration). Regardless of this curiosity, Conspiracy Theory remains one of Burwell's most strangely effective career works.



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Total Time: 40:47
• 1. Overture (4:21)
• 2. She Wrecks Me (1:38)
• 3. NASA Strikes! (2:46)
• 4. Conspiracy Theory (2:14)
• 5. Brain Gravy (3:05)
• 6. Wheelchair Chase (1:44)
• 7. First Date (1:08)
• 8. Delicate Shadows (1:52)
• 9. The Catcher (5:32)
• 10. Turning Into a Jerry (1:33)
• 11. Who Are You? (3:28)
• 12. Searching for the Music (3:11)
• 13. Middle Names (2:14)
• 14. Now You Tell Me (2:37)
• 15. Riding (2:49)

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The insert contains an absolutely massive list of performers, but no extra information about the score or film.
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