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Free Willy 3: The Rescue
(1997)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Patrick Russ
Jack Hayes

Performed by:
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra
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Varèse Sarabande
(July 29th, 1997)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you want only the best of Cliff Eidelman's work from the late 1990's, for his adaptation of the music for the Free Willy franchise is dramatically mature and thematically rich.

Avoid it... if you can't accept only one minute of Basil Poledouris' famous theme for the first two films, as well as the total abandonment of the vibrant electronic, choral, and orchestral blend of those scores' style.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #753
WRITTEN 8/29/99, REVISED 2/19/08
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Free Willy 3: The Rescue: (Cliff Eidelman) The trilogy of Free Willy films stumbled in the middle, but 1997's Free Willy 3: The Rescue is a surprisingly mature and logical examination of what the famed Orca would face on the open seas. Now facing death due to illegal harpooning, Willy needs several of the characters from the earlier films to gang together and save him from his inevitable fate. The series has come a long way from the playful human/whale interaction of the first film, and the music made its own journey as well. The original film's music by Basil Poledouris was a highly stylish and romping blend of orchestral and synthetic, with jolly, memorable themes and a spirit of exuberance not often heard in film scores today. His music for the second film was somewhat trivial because so little development was demanded by the lower-quality script that a simple re-hash by Poledouris was sufficient. The serious turn of the third film in the trilogy was no place for the bright colors of Poledouris' spunky music for the franchise thus far, and while the composer could very well have adapted his own sound for the grown up premise of Free Willy 3, the somewhat languishing Cliff Eidelman was assigned the project instead. After entering the mainstream of film scoring with a bang at the start of the decade, Eidelman had scored a series of unsuccessful light dramas and comedies that stalled his career. By comparison to those projects, Free Willy 3 was a welcome step back in the right direction. Unfortunately, despite the great strength of his music for this film, many fans would consider Free Willy 3 to be Eidelman's final compelling effort before sinking to an even more obscure level of relative inactivity.



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Average: 3.21 Stars
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Total Time: 29:10
• 1. Main Title (3:07)
• 2. Awakening (4:04)
• 3. Harpoon Assembly (0:52)
• 4. Whale Call (1:27)
• 5. Birth (3:04)
• 6. Willy Signals (1:02)
• 7. The Hunt (3:09)
• 8. Obsession (2:07)
• 9. Redemption (2:35)
• 10. You Were Right (2:05)
• 11. A New Family (1:35)
• 12. End Credits (3:49)

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The insert includes a note about Eidelman's career through 1997.
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