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The Family Man
(2000)
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Orchestrated by:
Steve Bartek
Edgardo Simone
Marc Mann
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Promotional
(January, 2001)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Limited promotional release, originally available to only voting AMPAS members. Bootleg variants exist with fan-made track titles.
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Buy it... if you seek the best combination of Danny Elfman's early 1990's melodrama and late 1990's percussive and acoustic styles, a rare blend that Elfman achieved only once in a decade.

Avoid it... if you expect the beautiful choral and thematic reminders of Edward Scissorhands and Sommersby to last for longer than ten combined minutes on an album that remains a rare collectible.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #414
WRITTEN 2/10/01, REVISED 11/8/08
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The Family Man: (Danny Elfman) Among the many films to explore the possibilities of choice through an alternate universe, Brett Ratner's Christmas 2000 release The Family Man was a predictable entry. Successful in life but having lost his soul, Nicolas Cage's character is given an opportunity by an angel to view how his life could have been different if he had married his college girlfriend and been a poor family man. He is immediately horrified by the lack of wealth, but eventually realizes the importance of the less tangible elements and becomes a changed man. The Family Man underperformed at the box office for Universal Pictures, and among the casualties of this failure was a proper album treatment for Danny Elfman's heartfelt score for the film. Having spent much of 2000 away from the spotlight after resurrecting a fervor of interest in his career with 1999's Sleepy Hollow, Elfman and his music had elevated expectations in 2000, expectations not met with the lackluster Proof of Life. The lack of a commercial album for The Family Man has largely guided the discussion about the score, making desperate seekers out of fans who had longed for Elfman to return to the style of melancholy beauty that had defined his early career. It was only a matter of time, some would say, before Danny Elfman would once again receive an assignment for which he would write eloquent music for a mystical fantasy film. The common complaint of fans of Elfman's music from the early 1990's, of course, was that he had abandoned his original orchestral tendency towards overwhelmingly dark and emotional music of a grand scale. Part of this transformation in Elfman's career was due to a voluntary path of maturing tastes for the composer; he had been accepting jobs that entailed working for films that really didn't call for that particular tone and scope of music. With The Family Man, however, Elfman was once again presented with a magical story dealing with deep character issues, and he responded by tapping that early melodramatic sound and infusing it into the modern sensibilities that had dominated his late-90's works.



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I really want the name of the song he sings at the videotape   Expand >>
Mulder - June 21, 2004, at 11:07 p.m.
2 comments  (4178 views)
Newest: January 16, 2005, at 6:01 a.m. by
Craig
Just saw the movie
JS Park - April 16, 2004, at 7:04 p.m.
1 comment  (3353 views)
Shower Song/Found It
L - March 25, 2004, at 8:34 p.m.
1 comment  (3297 views)
A Song   Expand >>
Diego - July 31, 2002, at 11:27 a.m.
1 comment  (2581 views)
cant find it   Expand >>
joey - April 14, 2002, at 1:01 a.m.
2 comments  (2743 views)
Newest: May 19, 2002, at 11:11 p.m. by
Jack Walker
about a song   Expand >>
michelle - March 9, 2002, at 2:31 p.m.
2 comments  (2923 views)
Newest: May 19, 2002, at 11:12 p.m. by
Jack Walker
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 47:31
• 1. This Could Be Heaven - performed by Seal (4:46)
• 2. (Untitled) (0:50)
• 3. (Untitled) (2:08)
• 4. Main Titles (1:19)
• 5. (Untitled) (1:20)
• 6. (Untitled) (1:18)
• 7. (Untitled) (1:29)
• 8. (Untitled) (0:44)
• 9. (Untitled) (0:59)
• 10. (Untitled) (1:07)
• 11. (Untitled) (0:53)
• 12. (Untitled) (0:46)
• 13. (Untitled) (1:15)
• 14. (Untitled) (1:47)
• 15. (Untitled) (1:03)
• 16. (Untitled) (0:26)
• 17. (Untitled) (0:39)
• 18. (Untitled) (0:46)
• 19. (Untitled) (1:10)
• 20. (Untitled) (0:37)
• 21. (Untitled) (0:36)
• 22. (Untitled) (1:41)
• 23. (Untitled) (0:47)
• 24. (Untitled) (5:04)
• 25. Promise (4:54)
• 26. (Untitled) (1:07)
• 27. (Untitled) (2:33)
• 28. (Untitled) (5:13)
Track names are only available for three tracks.
Bootleg variants often include fictional fan-made track names based on track titles from previous Elfman albums.

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The promotional album from Universal contains no packaging or track names. Alternative packaging art and track listings, as well as extensive audio from the score, is available at Ryan Keaveney's Music for a Darkened People site.
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