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In & Out
(1997)
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Artie Kane

Orchestrated by:
Jeff Atmajian
Frank Bennett
Michael Starobin
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Motown Records/Polygram
(September 23rd, 1997)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... as a heartwarming and affable extension of the movie's hopelessly optimist tone, Marc Shaiman clearly in his comfort zone for this spirited, dramatic comedy romp.

Avoid it... if any kind of unique variation on Shaiman's standard, fluffy techniques for wholesome orchestral writing is what you seek.
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In & Out: (Marc Shaiman) The topic of homosexuality had finally penetrated the mainstream of Hollywood in the early 1990's, led by the heartbreaking success of Philadelphia. Credited with finally breaking through the orientation barrier in the wholesome comedy genre was In & Out in 1997, assembling an incredible cast to finally push issues pertaining to homosexuality to genuinely funny ends. Kevin Kline is a high school English teacher who is about to marry a co-worker (Joan Cusack in an Oscar-nominated role) but is "outed" right before the week of the wedding by a former student giving his acceptance speech for his own Oscar win on television. The chaos that ensues tests the teacher's resolve, and with the help of a gay reporter played by Tom Selleck, he finally comes to accept his orientation after saying "I'm gay" instead of "I do" at the altar. The reaction of small town America to all the attention brought to it by this high profile incident is the source of much of the story's humor, and references to real life events (such as Tom Hanks' own acceptance speech in which he thanked prior gay acquaintances) and screen classics (including the Sparticus show of support at the end) keep the environment very light-hearted. Aside from Cusack's painful but hilarious ability to sob uncontrollably, perhaps the most lasting highlight of In & Out is a ten-second kiss performed by Kline and Selleck. On the serious side, the movie remarkably made its statement about the acceptance of homosexuality without actually being overtly sexual in any way, the result of careful crafting by a crew consisting of a fair number of gay men. Among these was composer Marc Shaiman, perhaps the most notably well known homosexual composing for major feature films and whose wicked sense of humor is legendary in the industry. It's painful to perpetuate the erroneous stereotype that gay composers tend to write some of the fluffiest romantic music in existence, but in Shaiman's case, that just happens to be the truth. If you need extremely positive, sappy, major-key and treble-happy orchestral music for a light comedy or drama, Shaiman has proven himself the master of that sound on countless occasions. His knack for parody is also respected, though In & Out was the kind of assignment that required little more than the composer's most common syrupy tone and he delivered that sound to perfection.



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Average: 2.71 Stars
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**** 12 4 Stars
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* 18 1 Stars
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Total Time: 40:19
• 1. I Will Survive - performed by Diana Ross (4:47)
• 2. Wedding Preparations (5:28)
• 3. Everything's Coming Up Roses - performed by Ethel Merman (3:05)
• 4. "To Serve and Protect" (3:05)
• 5. Howard is Outed (1:30)
• 6. The Morning After (1:33)
• 7. The Bachelor Party (1:07)
• 8. Interviews With Townsfolk (1:23)
• 9. Homosection (1:28)
• 10. I Don't (0:50)
• 11. Mom & Dad (2:45)
• 12. Cameron & Emily (1:04)
• 13. Crazy - performed by Patsy Cline (2:42)
• 14. Teacher of the Year/The Wedding (4:11)
• 15. Macho Man - performed by Village People (5:13)

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