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The Greatest Game Ever Played
(2005)
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Composed, Performed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Robert Elhai
Dana Nui
Brad Warnaar
Andrew Kinney
Jennifer Hammond
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Hollywood Records
(September 27th, 2005)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you'd be refreshed by hearing Brian Tyler branch out from the horror genre and provide a conservative, pastoral score for lush orchestra.

Avoid it... if a less refined variation of Legends of the Fall is not your idea of yet another Americana interpretation.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,228
WRITTEN 11/12/05
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The Greatest Game Ever Played: (Brian Tyler) Not everyone thinks of a round of golf as the greatest game ever played, including George Carlin, who famously called for all the American golf courses (and cemeteries, of course) to be churned up and used for affordable, low cost housing. The participants of the also famous 1913 U.S. Open golf championship would hardly agree, for it is that sole event that occupies the entire story of Bill Paxton's The Greatest Game Ever Played. There couldn't be a further departure for Paxton from his last (and first) film, Frailty, with The Greatest Game Ever Played serving a very familiar process of presenting a feel-good sports story with a touch of history, romance, and, of course, the obligatory underdog plot. True to historical record, Francis Ouimet was an underpriviledged American amateur with a 10-year-old caddy who defeated renown British player Harry Vardon in the U.S. Open in 1913. Vardon is a likable character, having grown up in similar circumstances, and the only villain of the story is a newspaper owner and underwriter of the British golf team who pressures the older player to win. The Disney film is anonymous in its lack of star power, and since this basic type of story has been put on screen so many times, Paxton has had to rely on new methods of telling the story to distinguish itself over others (such as giving us shots from the perspective of the golf club and inevitably the ball). The problem with this scenario is that the telling of the story has to be really good to survive the competition from the dozens of rival films, and for the most part, The Greatest Game Ever Played received bland reviews and hooked it right out of the cinemas. A few years back, the score for The Legend of Bagger Vance by Rachel Portman passed much like the film, with similar anonymity problems as this new venture. But Portman's "love it or hate it" score has become an extremely hot item on the collector's market since its label was going out of business at print time. Paxton would reunite with horror score veteran Brian Tyler to try to capture some of the same Bagger Vance magic.



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293 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.06 Stars
***** 54 5 Stars
**** 70 4 Stars
*** 62 3 Stars
** 54 2 Stars
* 53 1 Stars
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A score worth trying,although parts of it resemble to some music by Horner
Sheridan - August 18, 2006, at 9:35 a.m.
1 comment  (1602 views)
Legends of The Fall? 'Fraid not   Expand >>
Ryan - December 26, 2005, at 9:31 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 55:15
• 1. Main Title Overture (2:54)
• 2. Immigrant's Theme (2:45)
• 3. Determination (1:47)
• 4. The Amateur (3:44)
• 5. Broken Dreams (1:58)
• 6. A Call to Arms (1:58)
• 7. The Greatest Game Ever Played (1:47)
• 8. Dog Leg (2:11)
• 9. Angel (1:55)
• 10. Invitation (1:21)
• 11. Broken Dreams (Reprise) (2:04)
• 12. Ouimet Trails by One (1:38)
• 13. Ride the High Country (1:20)
• 14. Indecision (0:48)
• 15. Heads Turn (0:45)
• 16. The Game is Afoot (1:20)
• 17. An Unlikely Outcome (3:13)
• 18. A Chance Encounter (1:59)
• 19. And Then There Were Three (1:39)
• 20. Ride the High Country (Reprise) (1:21)
• 21. True Valour (1:02)
• 22. A Quiet Dignity (0:45)
• 23. Duel (0:38)
• 24. Showdown (2:24)
• 25. Sunset (1:56)
• 26. Angel Dawn Upshaw (3:22)
• 27. The Band Played On - performed by Amick Byram (2:06)
• 28. Hello Hello Who's Your Lady Friend? - performed by Joe Jackson (1:48)
• 29. End Title Overture (2:47)

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The insert includes a list of performers and a note from the director about the score.
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