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Dick Tracy
(1990)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Shirley Walker

Co-Orchestrated and Co-Produced by:
Steve Bartek

Co-Produced by:
Bob Badami

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jack Hayes
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sire Records/Warner
(June 28th, 1990)
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Regular U.S. release.
Awards
AWARDS
Nominated for a Grammy Award.
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Buy it... if a pompous and extravagant superhero theme combined with grandiose, Gershwin-style romance is your idea of a swingin' good time.

Avoid it... if Danny Elfman's more chaotic comedy tendencies can readily make your head spin.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #440
WRITTEN 7/20/98, REVISED 8/18/08
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Dick Tracy: (Danny Elfman) This ego-stroking Warren Beatty film was an attempt by the Walt Disney camp to take advantage of the explosively powerful success of Warner Brothers' Batman a year before, even to the extent of teaming with Warner to produce and market this picture. But due to a poor script adaptation and endless cuts and re-shoots, Dick Tracy received mixed reactions from critics and audiences never embraced the occasionally impressive visuals. Wacky make-up, famous supporting actors, several Oscar nominations in technical categories, and a sultry performance by Madonna couldn't even save the project; nor could rumors of kinky off-screen activities between Beatty and Madonna generate substantial interest. In composer Danny Elfman's evolution of superhero themes, Dick Tracy ended up being the odd man out, never quite fitting into the rest of Elfman's developing career like his better known efforts. Elfman's approach to Dick Tracy was different from that of Batman, because it is evident from the start that he realized the need to inject some character and life into the otherwise restless film. He did his best to whip up a frenzy of swinging, jazzy rhythms, and he even tried to raise Gershwin from the dead for his bloated, melodramatic theme of romance. The music for Dick Tracy operates at a slapstick, cartoonish speed and, without the accompaniment of the film, it becomes a collection of cues that are only loosely held together by Elfman's general style of writing at the time. That style borrows heavily from Batman and Darkman, attempting at every turn to balance the tragedy of those other figures with the flightier needs of Dick Tracy. To that end, a certain amount of Pee-Wee mayhem is to be heard. But with such a schizophrenic score as this one, you can go from the swinging, explosive energy of "Crime Spree" to the tragic Darkman motifs of "Slimy D.A." at any moment. With Dick Tracy, you never know what you're going to get, and it is that lack of cohesive identity, despite some great ideas from Elfman, that ultimately restrains the score as a standalone listening experience.



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553 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.16 Stars
***** 101 5 Stars
**** 120 4 Stars
*** 165 3 Stars
** 103 2 Stars
* 64 1 Stars
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So many years later and still just as good. Classic.
Matt Thompson - October 26, 2007, at 5:31 p.m.
1 comment  (2343 views)
Wow, was this review misguided.   Expand >>
Eric - February 5, 2004, at 2:13 a.m.
3 comments  (4401 views)
Newest: September 12, 2009, at 11:13 a.m. by
cuckoo77
OK Score... Amazing songs
Tim - February 4, 2004, at 9:43 p.m.
1 comment  (2271 views)
"Crime Spree" and other thoughts   Expand >>
Will - February 4, 2004, at 9:06 p.m.
3 comments  (4120 views)
Newest: February 5, 2004, at 1:58 p.m. by
Will
I disagree with this review   Expand >>
dmw - February 4, 2004, at 8:16 p.m.
2 comments  (3076 views)
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 34:55
• 1. Main Titles (3:36)
• 2. After the "Kid" (1:45)
• 3. Crime Spree (1:53)
• 4. Breathless' Theme (2:13)
• 5. Big Boy/Bad Boys (2:10)
• 6. Tess' Theme (1:09)
• 7. Slimy D.A. (1:41)
• 8. Breathless Comes On (2:54)
• 9. Meet the Blank (1:43)
• 10. The Story Unfolds (1:59)
• 11. Blank Gets the Goods (2:25)
• 12. Rooftops (2:01)
• 13. Tess' Theme - Reprise (1:17)
• 14. The Chase (2:57)
• 15. Showdown/Re-united (4:07)
• 16. Finale (1:00)

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