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MacArthur
(1977)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Arthur Morton
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Varèse Sarabande
(March 29th, 1990)
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Regular U.S. release, but long out of print and selling for $100 or more.
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Buy it... only if you seek a slightly superior alternative to Jerry Goldsmith's Inchon, with a predictably prideful military march and effective secondary theme of contemplation highlighting a conservative score.

Avoid it... if you expect any of the elements in MacArthur to match the appeal of Goldsmith's more famous work for Patton.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,698
WRITTEN 8/6/09
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MacArthur: (Jerry Goldsmith) This 1977 attempt by Universal to recapture the dramatic success of wartime documentary-style pictures from earlier in the decade was one of a few high profile looks at the endeavors of American general Douglas MacArthur. Unfortunately, MacArthur failed to garner the respect of its model, Patton, despite a carefully restrained and highly acclaimed performance of the title character by Gregory Peck. Audiences were treated to a much more introverted and contemplative investigation of MacArthur's activities from 1942 to 1951 than they perhaps expected, with very little energy to sustain action enthusiasts. In comparison to its peers, MacArthur is indeed a dull narrative, though the intent of director Joseph Sargent was to expose the lesser known elements guiding the General's decisions rather than the tangible results of those commands. By all accounts, the historical figure was fairly represented in the film, exploring both MacArthur's egotistical side and the U.S. government's careful watch over him. The film failed to gain much traction in the theatres, though it performed better than the disastrous 1981 MacArthur propaganda film Inchon. Both were provided with occasionally rousing scores by composer Jerry Goldsmith, a veteran of the war genre who was known for his keen sense of balance between respect and bravado in his music for such productions. He had perfectly captured the essence of this merging in his Oscar-nominated work for Patton in 1970, still a popular score many decades later. Scores for World War II films were frequent in the previous decade of his career, and many of these were popular despite extending out of stereotypical military marches for assignments like Tora! Tora! Tora!. It's no surprise that both the productions of MacArthur and Inchon sought Goldsmith's services because of a typecast that he had created for himself, and while he fulfilled his basic duties for these relatively late war entries in his career, none of these efforts could compete with his earlier music. For many listeners, MacArthur will sound like a faint echo of Patton, its march not as infectiously entertaining and its contemplation not as poignant. Some, in fact, will consider MacArthur as dull as the picture, an understandable opinion despite being somewhat unfair.



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Average: 2.9 Stars
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Total Time: 33:33
• 1. MacArthur March (Main Title) (2:48)
• 2. I Shall Return (3:57)
• 3. The Treaty (2:34)
• 4. The Tunnel (2:35)
• 5. Statistics (3:03)
• 6. Stand By (2:04)
• 7. A Last Gift (2:22)
• 8. New Era (3:25)
• 9. The Landing (3:40)
• 10. The Minefield (2:30)
• 11. I Bid You Farewell/MacArthur March (4:20)

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The insert includes basic information about the score and film.
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