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The Legend of Butch & Sundance
(2004)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Arrangements and Programming by:
Eric Colvin
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MovieScore Media
(February 26th, 2008)
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Specialty release, limited to only 1,500 copies on CD and available for download. Upon selling out, the CD's value shot up to $45.
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Buy it... if you've always shared Basil Poledouris' love of spirited folk rhythms, for his final score is a tribute to his minor-key themes performed with great energy by acoustic guitar, mandolin, accordion, and fiddle.

Avoid it... if you prefer Poledouris' muscular, fully symphonic Western style, a mode not available for this cheeky but often intimate score of sincere character.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,727
WRITTEN 9/11/09
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The Legend of Butch & Sundance: (Basil Poledouris) Thirty-five years had passed since George Roy Hill's 1969 popular favorite Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid put Paul Newman and Robert Redford firmly into the roles of the famous bank robbers, and another filmmaker was finally ready to take another stab at the concept. A regular assistant to Steven Spielberg, veteran television director Sergio Mimica-Gezzan shot another loose adaptation of the characters for a 2004 pilot on NBC that went largely unnoticed. Similar liberties were taken to ensure that the concept would be a lively entry in the romantic comedy genre, and anyone hoping for a realistic portrayal of the historical characters will continue to be horrified. Despite a good deal of positive spirit, the pilot tanked and nothing more became of it on NBC or elsewhere. The production became the extremely unlikely final assignment of veteran composer Basil Poledouris' career before he lost his battle with cancer in 2006. The path that Poledouris took from the height of his career many years prior to The Legend of Butch & Sundance was one of tough personal choices. Aside from his long illness in the 2000's, he had completely shifted his priorities in life, refusing major assignments and instead only picking and choosing smaller films that he could pour his heart into. At the same time, he was in the process of setting up a state-of-the-art studio in Rome and moving away from his family to Seattle, a shift that shook the film music community at the time. Some say that Poledouris became eccentric in both his personal and professional lives in the 2000's, and that shift caused his only assignments of that decade to be bizarre at best. Standing alone in the last four years of his life was The Legend of Butch & Sundance, a production that did not believe it could afford Poledouris at the time but was more than thrilled when the composer sought it out. In retrospect, this choice by the composer was as compelling an exit as one could imagine, though perhaps a soaring orchestral score for a topic on the high seas would have been its equal. The composer was so fond of folk rhythms and the instrumentation native to the intimate Western genre that this score (after a failed bid to be part of Kevin Costner's Open Range) was a perfect close to his career. More than a dozen years earlier, his epic music for Lonesome Dove had, after all, brought him his only major awards recognition.



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Average: 3.12 Stars
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Main theme similarity to Ten Years After song.
Kevin Smith - September 26, 2009, at 6:00 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 51:20
• 1. Butch and Sundance: Main Title (2:08)
• 2. Released/Butch Goes to Mike (1:59)
• 3. School House (1:24)
• 4. Riding Contest (Butch Meets Sundance) (2:12)
• 5. Toast to the Wild Bunch (2:12)
• 6. First Robbery (2:33)
• 7. No Drinking With No Coward (1:07)
• 8. First Kill (1:59)
• 9. Sunrise Bonding (2:17)
• 10. Third Robbery (1:08)
• 11. What Could Happen? (1:22)
• 12. Not Him!/The Train Heist (3:02)
• 13. Pinkertons Attack/Mike Shot (1:41)
• 14. Outlaws (3:13)
• 15. The Man I Love (1:20)
• 16. You're Crazy Mister/Getting Horses (2:08)
• 17. Pinkertons Arrive at Train/Funeral (2:45)
• 18. Mexico (1:24)
• 19. Etta Takes Picture (1:25)
• 20. Church Robbery (1:45)
• 21. Price of Being an Outlaw (1:09)
• 22. Slugfest to Durango/Sergeant (2:28)
• 23. Rescue Etta (3:10)
• 24. Finale (1:25)
• 25. Wyoming (2:41)
• 26. Two Weddings/End Credits: Butch and Sundance (1:37)

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The insert includes extensive information about the composer and the circumstances behind this score.
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