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The Crying Game
(1992)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:
Anne Dudley

Performed by:
The Pro Arte Orchestra of London
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
EMI Records Group
(February 23rd, 1993)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you enjoyed the dominant songs in the film, including the Boy George version of the title song.

Avoid it... if you're only casually curious about the Anne Dudley score.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #518
WRITTEN 9/24/96, REVISED 4/9/06
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The Crying Game: (Anne Dudley) Neil Jordan had languished with a few absurd Hollywood projects until the Irish director returned to his roots and stunned critics and colleagues with The Crying Game in 1992. From there, his career would include several top of the line films in the 1990's, though The Crying Game itself received several Academy Award nominations, including a win for "Best Original Screenplay." The story begins along popular lines in the early 1990's, with the IRA taking a British hostage and an amicable relationship forming between the hostage and the man assigned to hold and eventually execute him. While the film takes considerable time establishing the relations between its primary characters, the hostage scenario is setting up the audience for the second half of the film, in which the hostage-taker travels to meet the lover of the dead hostage out of a sense of conscience. The film dives into an exploration of sexuality and love, and not without a vomit-inducing surprise that left many audiences appalled. The erotic Jaye Davidson plays a role (originally considered uncastable by American studios and Jordan advisor Stanley Kubrick), which says enough right there for the 1% of you who don't know what flops out during a pivotal scene in the film. The IRA plotlines are then wrapped up, leaving audiences on a down note and solidifying the film in the arthouse category despite its immense critical praise. Musically, the film makes use of several source songs that play far more memorably than the underscore by Anne Dudley. Older classics like Percy Sledge's "When a Man Loves a Woman" (truly ironic here) and Lyle Lovett's "Stand By Your Man" accentuate the lonely, romantic part of the story, while the modern dance club venue in the film is served by the two versions of "Live for Today" and "Let the Music Play," produced by the Pet Shop Boys. Their cover version of the classic "The Crying Game" song, performed by a then-obscure Boy George, turned into an instant radio hit and elevated the status of the entire film. The original Dave Berry version has been included as well.



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160 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.7 Stars
***** 18 5 Stars
**** 28 4 Stars
*** 41 3 Stars
** 34 2 Stars
* 39 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 49:09
• 1. The Crying Game - performed by Boy George (3:22)
• 2. When a Man Loves a Woman - performed by Percy Sledge (2:51)
• 3. Live for Today - performed by Cicero/Sylvia Mason-James (4:04)
• 4. Let the Music Play - performed by Caroll Thompson (6:43)
• 5. White Cliffs of Dover - performed by The Blue Jays (2:53)
• 6. Live for Today (Reprise) - performed by Cicero/Sylvia Mason-James (2:47)
• 7. The Crying Game (Reprise) - performed by Dave Berry (2:42)
• 8. Stand by Your Man - performed by Lyle Lovett (2:44)
• 9. The Soldier's Wife (2:05)
• 10. It's in My Nature (2:25)
• 11. March to the Execution (1:57)
• 12. I'm Thinking of Your Man (1:45)
• 13. Dies Irae (0:52)
• 14. The Transformation (4:52)
• 15. The Assassination (4:03)
• 16. The Soldier's Tale (2:45)

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The insert includes no extra information about the score or film.
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