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Good Will Hunting
(1997)
Album Cover Art
1998 Promo
2014 Music Box
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Mark McKenzie

Conducted by:
Artie Kane

Co-Orchestrated and Co-Produced by:
Steve Bartek
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Miramax (Promo)
(February, 1998)

Music Box Records
(March 3rd, 2014)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The original 1998 album (and its variants) were promotional releases only. Between 1998 and 2000, original promos were sold or auctioned in the range of $75 to $200. The expanded 2014 Music Box Records album is limited to 1,500 copies and available primarily through soundtrack specialty outlets for an initial price of $20.
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The song "Miss Misery" and the score were both nominated for Academy Awards.
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Buy it... if you seek the kind of small-scale, mystical, eerie, and withdrawn score in Danny Elfman's career that equals The Spitfire Grill for James Horner at about the same time.

Avoid it... if the occasional harmonic beauty that Elfman can create with acoustic guitars and pennywhistle can't substantiate less than half an hour of otherwise directionless pondering.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #302
WRITTEN 3/15/98, REVISED 8/17/14
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Good Will Hunting: (Danny Elfman) Winning over critics without any of the spectacular and flashy production elements of its competition in 1997, Good Will Hunting was best described as an ordinary film made enjoyable by the subtle strengths of its individual scenes. Written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck and directed by Gus Van Sant, the movie is a "feel-good people-story" starring its two writers alongside Robin Williams and Minnie Driver, all with notable performances. It's a "coming of age" story as well, showing Damon's brilliant youthful mind of Will Hunting at odds with his job at a top academic college as a janitor. His relationships with a professor, therapist, and girlfriend save him from his own temper, which lands him in jail early in the film. Requiring patience, Good Will Hunting essentially thrives on scenes of dialogue with these characters, and the screenplay and performances were clever enough to gain the film several Academy Award nominations and recognition to Miramax as a studio adept at finding these lofty little projects. One of the film's more curious Oscar nominations came for Danny Elfman's score. For a composer whose first decade of compositions at the time were so notable and popular, it is still baffling to accept that Good Will Hunting, along with the equally curious Men in Black, would represent Elfman's first (simultaneous) nominations from AMPAS, the duo of nominations seemingly a "make good" for the group's prior refusal to acknowledge Elfman as a legitimate artist in the industry. His score plays a distinctly faint role in the film, only providing an accent to a handful of scenes and often existing underneath dialogue that easily overshadows its impact. Conversely, the songs were the heart and soul of the film, leading to a popular album of their own and likely causing the Academy to nominate Elfman's work for largely the same reason that Anne Dudley would be nominated (and win) for The Full Monty the same year.



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Average: 3.03 Stars
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**** 154 4 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1998 Miramax Promo Tracks   ▼Total Time: 26:56
• 1. Main Title (2:43)
• 2. Genie Mopper (0:37)
• 3. First Calculation (1:09)
• 4. Theorem (0:43)
• 5. Mystery Math (2:28)
• 6. Them Apples (0:57)
• 7. Jail (1:13)
• 8. Staring Contest (0:51)
• 9. Time's Up (1:15)
• 10. Oliver Twist (2:00)
• 11. Retainer (0:58)
• 12. Tell You Something (0:50)
• 13. Any Port (1:26)
• 14. Whose Fault (2:36)
• 15. Weepy Donuts (3:51)
• 16. "Miss Misery" - performed by Elliot Smith (3:12)
(track times not listed on packaging)
2014 Music Box Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 44:37

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None of the original promotional variants contained any information about the score or film. The insert of the 2014 Music Box album contains extensive notation about the score and film.
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