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Last Stand at Sabre River
(1997)
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Composed, Conducted, Orchestrated, and Co-Produced by:
David Shire

Co-Produced by:
Douglass Fake
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Intrada Records
(November 18th, 1997)
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Regular U.S. release, but out of print and difficult to find.
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Buy it... if you're a fan of generic symphonic Western scores in all their forms.

Avoid it... if an anonymous Western score with few distinguishing qualities isn't worth your time.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,327
WRITTEN 12/29/97, REVISED 6/24/06
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Last Stand at Sabre River: (David Shire) The 1990's were a coming of age time for the large-scale cable television film, with cable channels beginning to take the glory of epic TV productions away from the major networks. Among the films in 1997 that continued this trend was the Michael Brandman and Tom Selleck production of Elmore Leonard's novel Last Stand at Sabre River. The film's aim was pretty straight forward, catering to the fans of the 1980's breed of new Western stars, and it's easy to predict whether or not you'll be enthusiastic about the film based on your opinion of watching Selleck riding a horse. He stars as a Civil War veteran who reunites with his family after the conflict and attempts to begin a life together with them once again, though problems arise when he learns that the old family homestead has been taken over by powerful family of landowners. The reluctant cowboy sends his family away, resists the temptation of a woman from the enemy family, and eventually kills a few people and rescues a kid from a runaway wagon all in the process of taking back what's rightfully his. The plot is formulaic, indeed, though the TNT channel had a knack for catering to fans of such gritty tales, and the film debuted with a fair amount of fuss. The pinnacle of composer David Shire's career definitely had come and gone in the 1970's, though he continued to write solid material well beyond that time, and his established collaboration with Brandman led to his assignment on Last Stand at Sabre River. His instructions were rather general, allowing him to utilize a moderately sized orchestra as he saw fit. While many of Shire's assignments in his best known scores have required a unique (and often small-scale) approach, Last Stand at Sabre River fit squarely into a conservative Western genre, so it's no surprise that we hear a score that squarely reflects that genre.



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Average: 3.27 Stars
***** 23 5 Stars
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Total Time: 38:18
• 1. Main Title (3:32)
• 2. Reunion (5:01)
• 3. The Journey Begins (2:28)
• 4. The Valley (2:15)
• 5. Horse Drives (2:38)
• 6. Separation/Cable and Lorranie (3:09)
• 7. Thoughts/The Kidstons Call (3:22)
• 8. Wagon Chase (6:35)
• 9. The Last Gunfight (1:56)
• 10. Finale (5:25)
• 11. End Credits (1:34)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes detailed descriptions by Shire of certain cues and an extra note by FSM editor Lukas Kendall.
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