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The Giant of Thunder Mountain
(1991)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Ira Hearchen
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Citadel Records
(August 23, 1995)
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Regular U.S. release. The original 1995 pressing of the album fell out of print, but Citadel reissued an identical product in 2005 at regular commercial pricing.
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Buy it... if you are an avid collector of Lee Holdridge's heartfelt family scores, or appreciate tender harmonica performances.

Avoid it... if you don't yet own many (if any) Holdridge scores and are looking for a place to start a collection of his works.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,377
WRITTEN 3/15/97, REVISED 3/5/06
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The Giant of Thunder Mountain: (Lee Holdridge) Even by the standards of composer Lee Holdridge's usual television and B-film projects, The Giant of Thunder Mountain was a monumental failure. It's a project that centers entirely around actor and writer Richard Kiel, who most people will recall as the immense character 'Jaws' from the James Bond films The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker. Believe it or not, Kiel's acting through the years has taken a back seat to his Christian faith, which has led him to spend much of his time spreading that faith and writing screenplays for films that essentially tell tales that promote those beliefs as well. Judging from the audience response to his story for the 1991 theatrical release The Giant of Thunder Mountain, perhaps we now know why studios aren't leaping at the opportunity to purchase these scripts. With practically no critical response whatsoever and a no-name studio and distributor, the film grossed only $127,000 and marked the end of cinematographer James Roberson's directing exploits. Nevertheless, The Giant of Thunder Mountain maintains interest from fans of the famous Bond villain (and his Christian preaching), as well as collectors of Lee Holdridge's scores. Holdridge is no stranger to such projects; it seems that if there's any heart-warming family story about overcoming prejudice, Holdridge is available and ready to provide a score better than what the film deserves. In the case of The Giant of Thunder Mountain, the story is about Kiel's self-written role as a giant hermit living in the woods of 1900 Northern California, and the harassment he experiences while a young girl from the local town is unafraid of his size and befriends him. Carnivals, torching mobs, and roaring Grizzly bears don't keep Holdridge away from the family-friendly soft themes for very long, and his score is as unchallenging as it is redeeming.



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Average: 2.95 Stars
***** 17 5 Stars
**** 23 4 Stars
*** 21 3 Stars
** 16 2 Stars
* 23 1 Stars
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Total Time: 43:04
• 1. Prologue (Main Theme) (1:07)
• 2. The Giant (1:43)
• 3. In the Giant's Cabin (1:53)
• 4. Up the Mountain (1:21)
• 5. Taunting the Giant (1:35)
• 6. Return to the Cabin (1:27)
• 7. Amy/The Bear (4:15)
• 8. In the Forest (0:49)
• 9. Amy and the Giant (1:28)
• 10. Burning the Cabin (2:00)
• 11. The Villain (2:43)
• 12. Hunting the Giant (4:36)
• 13. Stalking the Villain (3:39)
• 14. Meadow Walk (1:22)
• 15. Members of the Club (1:50)
• 16. Wood Carving (2:46)
• 17. Unease (3:23)
• 18. Pursuit (0:57)
• 19. Villainy (1:12)
• 20. Finale (2:30)

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