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The Man in the Moon
(1991)
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Marty Paich

Orchestrated by:
Brad Dechter
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Reprise Records
(January 1st, 1991)
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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 intrigued by a good cross between the small town romance techniques of Rachel Portman and the instrumental creativity of Thomas Newman.

Avoid it... if light folk rhythms with wild mandolin, guitar, fiddle, and exotic flute are too much of a contrast to the score's soft string and woodwind melodies.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #679
WRITTEN 1/17/00, REVISED 8/13/06
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The Man in the Moon: (James Newton Howard) A qualified success with critics, The Man in the Moon failed to make the same splash with audiences, perhaps because of the film's tragic ending. Director Robert Mulligan has several times addressed issues of young emotions in his films, including To Kill a Mockingbird and Summer of '42 with similar success. For The Man in the Moon, his film explores the story of a family in a small American town during the 1950's. The two teenage daughters, and their relationship with teenage boy who moves into a nearby home, are developed with remarkable depth and sincerity, aided by a strong cast performance. The lessons of life, as well as the trials of being a teenager, are subjects well treated in The Man in the Moon, though those lessons are learned in a considerably unpleasant way. The shocking tragic events in the latter half of the story turned away audiences, and the film has gone largely forgotten. Even in the world of film scores, The Man in the Moon doesn't raise much interest. Composer James Newton Howard had not yet hit blockbuster status in Hollywood, though he had impressed knowledgeable collectors over the previous few years with his work. At a time when his scores were often electronically defined or devoid of easy melodic structures, The Man in the Moon was a departure for him, and even when you look back at the score in context with twenty years of his career, it stands out as one of his most touching and romantic small-scale ventures. Unashamed country heart is not a typical sound for Howard, and his down-to-earth music here is an interesting cross between the back door romance techniques of Rachel Portman and the instrumental creativity of Thomas Newman.



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Average: 3.17 Stars
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Total Time: 31:19
• 1. Dani Brings Court Water (3:38)
• 2. Back Door (1:22)
• 3. First Kiss (1:51)
• 4. Lovemaking (1:05)
• 5. My Goodness (1:15)
• 6. The Walk (1:16)
• 7. The Pond (0:59)
• 8. Dani Remembers (1:32)
• 9. The Funeral (2:57)
• 10. Daydreaming (1:22)
• 11. Court's Accident (3:03)
• 12. End Titles (2:34)
• 13. Go Home (1:11)
• 14. Girls in Hallway (0:34)
• 15. Dani and Dad (0:29)
• 16. Swimming Hole (1:25)
• 17. Dani Sees Court (1:24)
• 18. Graveyard (3:12)

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