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The Devil's Own
(1997)
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Tommy Boy Music
(April 1st, 1997)
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Buy it... if you just can't get enough of James Horner's trademark Irish-influenced compositions, this time expressed with an introspective level of restraint.

Avoid it... if more Gaelic vocals, percussion, and Uillean pipes over broad orchestral backing is the last thing you need from a composer who has clearly overplayed that card.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #437
WRITTEN 4/10/97, REVISED 11/10/11
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The Devil's Own: (James Horner) There were several very compelling films made in the early to mid-1990's that dealt with the issue of Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland with convincing realism. From In the Name of the Father to Michael Collins, the topic had received outstanding treatment, and even Patriot Games, a film that would share some similarities in crew with The Devil's Own, held its own territory. By 1997, famed director Alan J. Pakula was ready to tackle the subject matter, and he managed to frustrate the two lead actors in the film by starting the shooting of the project before the screenplay was even finished. That, along with rumors of general distaste between Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt, painted The Devil's Own in a negative critical and popular light. Not working in its favor was the final screenplay, which failed to establish which character was worthy of salvation and which was not. With the Irish themes in Hollywood beginning to lose their appeal, the filmmakers stuck to their guns in their choice for composer. While Pakula had worked with other top composers in the past, the hiring of James Horner seemed at the time (and even today) to be an obvious attempt to take advantage of the composer's own obsession with Irish music in the 1990's. So thorough was his adaptation of Irish and generic Celtic influences into so many of his scores that he managed to somehow get away with substituting it in place of true Scottish music for Braveheart. The ultimate vindication of Horner's loyalty to the genre finally paid off with Titanic later in 1997, and as a result, The Devil's Own was immediately obscured and completely lost in the public view. The film certainly calls for more Irish spirit than others that Horner has conjured it for; essentially a tale of revenge, the story is set against the backdrop of arms smuggling for the Irish Republican Army. While the movie presents several moral dilemmas (especially for Ford's straight-laced character), Horner remains respectfully upbeat in the score, with few action sequences and mostly subdued contemplation at heart. It is perhaps partially due to Horner's substantially positive sequences of rhythmic motion in the major key that audiences were somewhat confused about whether or not to attach to Pitt's criminal character.



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A score which is full of interesting orchestral motifs and solutions
Sheridan - August 30, 2006, at 12:33 p.m.
1 comment  (1970 views)
Great Score
Anthony Tardiff - August 24, 2005, at 10:18 a.m.
1 comment  (2274 views)
This is a good score
Augustman - August 21, 2005, at 11:45 a.m.
1 comment  (2343 views)
Wrong time
Roger Gamache - August 21, 2005, at 11:41 a.m.
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Total Time: 46:43
• 1. Main Title - performed by Sara Clancy (4:35)
• 2. God Be With You - performed by Dolores O'Riordan (3:32)
• 3. Ambush (2:30)
• 4. The Irish Republican Navy (1:20)
• 5. The New World (4:31)
• 6. Launching the Boat (3:03)
• 7. Secrets Untold (5:02)
• 8. The Pool Hall (2:30)
• 9. Rory's Arrest/Diaz is Killed (4:21)
• 10. Quiet Goodbyes (1:02)
• 11. Rooftop Escape (1:45)
• 12. The Mortal Blow (5:10)
• 13. Going Home - performed by Sara Clancy (7:10)

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