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The Fan
Album Cover Art
1996 Commercial
Bootleg #1
Album 2 Cover Art
Bootleg #2
Album 3 Cover Art
Composed and Produced by:

Additional Music by:
Jeff Rona

Orchestrated by:
Bruce Fowler
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TVT Soundtrax
(August 20th, 1996)

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The commercial album is a regular U.S. release and can be found for very low prices on the used CD market. The bootlegs have been circulating in the secondary market since 1997. The first had the number 'HZCD 010LR' and the second had the number of 'HZCD 013LR'. Other variations exist.
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Buy it... on the bootleg only if you maintain a complete collection of Hans Zimmer's scores and are, for some odd reason, not satisfied with the adequately lengthy suite on the commercial album.

Avoid it... if you expected to hear an intelligent, well-developed suspense score that combines America's pastime with terrifying, obsessive emotions.
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WRITTEN 10/16/03, REVISED 4/7/09
The Fan: (Hans Zimmer/Jeff Rona) This combination of film and score is easily a disaster for most viewers and listeners, and if you just happen to be a baseball fan, then you'd be better off ignoring it all together. Based on the novel by Peter Abrahams, Phoef Sutton's screenplay must have seemed like a good idea to the Crimson Tide duo of director Tony Scott and composer Hans Zimmer. The story revolves around a man beaten by society (Robert De Niro) who is a devoted fan of the San Francisco Giants baseball team. As he loses his job and all perspective on life, he becomes more and more obsessed with the Giants' newest acquisition, played by Wesley Snipes (clearly modeled after the real-life Giants' 1993 acquisition of pre-steroids superstar Barry Bonds), and the fan will do anything it takes to have him lead the Giants to the World Series. For film score collectors and baseball fans alike, The Fan will make you pull your hair out. Despite a notable performance by De Niro, Scott and Zimmer both fail in their jobs so miserably that the resulting film is nearly laughable. Then again, as a cynic would say, what do you expect from a British director and a German composer attempting to set a film in the context of America's pastime? Before whipping Zimmer for making the situation worse, let's take a swing at the film itself. Scott emphasized that The Fan is not a baseball movie, and yet, the baseball scenes are so incorrect that you can't help but throw a tomato at the screen. How can you concentrate on the movie's plot when the players' uniforms change in every shot, the Giants' opponents change in every inning, players argue over a Giants number (#11) that is retired, umpires are murdered and replaced by the killer in the middle of the game, players don't get loose in the on-deck circle, the scoreboard jumbotron shows live images during a pitch, games are played in a torrential downpour, and Candlestick Park is hosting a baseball game while configured for a 49ers football game? Heck, the mishandling of Candlestick Park alone (interior shots of Coors Field and Dodger Stadium are substituted at will) makes the film ludicrous. And Cal Ripkin, Jr., was a technical adviser for this disgrace? He should be whipped, too.

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Average: 2.32 Stars
***** 24 5 Stars
**** 30 4 Stars
*** 66 3 Stars
** 76 2 Stars
* 102 1 Stars
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I'm fan of this Fan score
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Audio Samples   ▼
Commercial Album: Tracks   ▼Total Time: 68:50
• 1. Did You Mean What You Said - performed by Sovory (3:49)
• 2. Letting Go* - performed by Terence Trent D'Arby (5:34)
• 3. Unstoppable - performed by Mic Geronimo (3:47)
• 4. Hymn of the Big Wheel - performed by Massive Attack (6:35)
• 5. (Let Me Up) I've Had Enough - performed by Kenny Wayne Shepherd (2:44)
• 6. Little Bob - performed by Black Grape (5:36)
• 7. The Border Song (Holy Moses) - performed by Raymond Myles (3:37)
• 8. What's Goin' Down - performed by Honky (4:19)
• 9. Deliver Me - performed by Foreskin 500 (3:58)
• 10. Forever Ballin' - performed by Johnny 'J' And Big Syke (4:25)
• 11. I'm da Man - performed by Jeune (5:24)
• 12. Sacrifice - score written by Hans Zimmer (19:09)
* song written by Hans Zimmer
Bootleg #1, HZCD 010LR Tracks   ▼Total Time: 31:28
Bootleg #2, Variation #1, HZCD 013LR Tracks   ▼Total Time: 46:87
Bootleg #2, Variation #2, HZCD 013LR Tracks   ▼Total Time: 70:40

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