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The Green Mile
(1999)
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
Bill Bernstein

Orchestrated by:
Thomas Pasatieri
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Warner Brothers
(December 21st, 1999)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you relax to Thomas Newman's contemplative tones and seek a subdued variation on his emotional orchestral writing for The Shawshank Redemption and Meet Joe Black.

Avoid it... if you expect the thematic quality of either of the above scores or the convincingly spirited ambience for the South that he conveyed in Fried Green Tomatoes.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #87
WRITTEN 12/20/99, REVISED 8/25/07
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The Green Mile: (Thomas Newman) You can't blame director Frank Darabont for trying to pull magical water from the same well in consecutive films, but many aspects of his 1999 film The Green Mile suffer because of their relative similarities to The Shawshank Redemption. Darabont's only two films at the time, both entries are adaptations of Stephen King stories that take place in prisons. Both rely on individual acting performances and dark shades of gray. And both also pull the strings in Thomas Newman's ensemble to provide the emotional core of the film. The Newman score for The Shawshank Redemption is a work that ranges from strong to outstanding, a nearly perfect fit for its picture in most places. When you watch and listen to The Green Mile, however, you get the feeling of deja vu, and you also get a sense that Newman couldn't quite translate his hopeful, regenerative score for the previous film into a sacrificial religious setting this time around. In The Green Mile, a massive black man falsely convicted and sentenced to die for killing two girls transforms his fellow prison inmates and warden through a supernatural power of healing. An allegory for the life of Jesus Christ, the story leads an exploration of character and faith to the inevitable, sorrowful conclusion. Newman was often presented with scoring assignments that allow him some kind of redemptive or triumphant statement of theme in his better known works of the 1990's, including The Shawshank Redemption, Meet Joe Black, and Little Women. But Newman was never known for his memorable development of themes, and this tendency becomes a significant flaw in The Green Mile. This is a score that has all the makings of a great Newman effort, but it never really completes its own journey. The side of his talent that is engaged at full steam in The Green Mile is his ability to recreate the sounds of a local setting --especially in the American South-- with remarkable ease. His touch for capturing the essence of a setting is perhaps his strongest talent, and the employment of that ability will save the score for some listeners.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 74:34
• 1. Old Alabama - performed by B.B. And Group (0:59)
• 2. Monstrous Big (1:50)
• 3. The Two Dead Girls (3:02)
• 4. The Mouse on the Mile (1:30)
• 5. Foolishment (1:50)
• 6. Billy-Be-Frigged (2:08)
• 7. Coffey's Hands (1:58)
• 8. Cheek to Cheek - performed by Fred Astaire (2:38)
• 9. Condemned Man (1:34)
• 10. Limp Noodle (1:03)
• 11. Scared of the Dark (1:03)
• 12. Wild Bill (1:15)
• 13. Cigar Box (1:50)
• 14. Circus Mouse (1:29)
• 15. The Bad Death of Eduard Delacroix (3:49)
• 16. Boy's Eye (0:55)
• 17. Two Run-Throughs (1:19)
• 18. Red Over Green (2:58)
• 19. I Can't Give You... - performed by Billie Holiday (3:27)
• 20. That's the Deal (1:37)
• 21. L'Homme Mauvais (2:21)
• 22. An Offense to the Heart (1:08)
• 23. Morphine & Cola (2:56)
• 24. Night Journey (2:12)
• 25. Danger of Hell (2:27)
• 26. Done Tom Turkey (1:00)
• 27. Did You Ever See a Dream Walking - performed by Gene Austin (2:52)
• 28. Trapingus Parish (0:51)
• 29. Boogeyman (3:26)
• 30. Shine My Knob (0:54)
• 31. Briar Ridge (0:42)
• 32. Coffey on the Mile (5:12)
• 33. Punishment (1:52)
• 34. Charmaine - performed by Guy Lombardo/Royal Canadians (2:25)
• 35. Now Long Gone (1:08)
• 36. No Exceptions (0:57)
• 37. The Green Mile (3:38)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes extensive credits and a note about the score from writer and director Frank Darabont. Featured solists:

George Doering: bowed travelling guitar, vietnamese banjo, laud, etc.
Michael Fisher: jaw harp, bass marimba, vibraphone, struck metal, etc.
Rick Cox: tonut, phrase samples, bowed bass dulcimer
Sid Page: violin
Steve Kujala: alto flute, flute
Jon Clarke: oboe, bass recorder
George Budd: drones
Bill Bernstein: saz
Thomas Newman: piano, etc.
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