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Maverick
(1994)
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Composed by:

Orchestrated by:
Jack Hayes
Don Davis

Produced by:
Frank Wolf
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Reprise Records
(January 17th, 1995)
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Regular U.S. release. Out of print, but still readily available.
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Buy it... if you typically get up and dance to Randy Newman's more spirited songs and scores.

Avoid it... if Newman's sappy and energetic parody work conversely makes you want to strangle something.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #976
WRITTEN 4/15/97, REVISED 4/23/06
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Maverick: (Randy Newman) The early 1990's were a rebirth for the Western genre in Hollywood, and yet while heavily dramatic Westerns were taking home Academy Awards for Best Picture, along rolled Maverick, the first comedy Western to take advantage of the genre's sudden surge of popularity. You really didn't have to be a fan of the 1950's "Maverick" television series that inspired this film, though there's a twist at the end of the movie that will please you if you were. The screenplay by William Goldman takes a page or two from his own Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, but actually has more in common with his other classic Paul Newman and Robert Redford collaboration, The Sting. Director Richard Donner teams up again with Mel Gibson from their Lethal Weapon exploits (Danny Glover makes a cameo here, too), and Gibson does well in the Bret Maverick role originally portrayed by James Garner on TV. Garner is given his own role as a marshal in the new Maverick, and Jodie Foster joins the cast for what critics generally accepted as a really strong chemistry between principles. Despite these positive reviews for Maverick, the film didn't meet expectations in the theatres during the 1994 summer blockbuster season, and perhaps the film's burdensome length hindered it more than anything else. With a lighthearted tilt to its genre, Donner would turn past more successful regulars in the composing field and choose Randy Newman for the score. Newman had already established himself as an accomplished songwriter and comedy score composer, though this was still before he reached his heights in the animated genre. If you remember back to the Western sub-theme that Newman wrote for Parenthood's Steve Martin cowboy routine, then consider Maverick an extension of that idea. There's a lot of sneaking around, fluffy rhythms, and lighthearted twist of theme throughout Maverick, with no attempt made by Newman to avoid the obvious cliches of the genre. Whether you can tolerate this unashamed exuberance will determin your opinion of the score.



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Average: 2.84 Stars
***** 19 5 Stars
**** 22 4 Stars
*** 23 3 Stars
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* 29 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 41:58
• 1. Opening (5:37)
• 2. Annabelle (2:28)
• 3. Fight (2:06)
• 4. Coop (0:41)
• 5. Money in the Bank (1:06)
• 6. In & Out of Trouble (1:26)
• 7. Magic Cards, Maybe/Lucky Shirt (1:32)
• 8. Headed for the Game (1:31)
• 9. Runaway Stage (4:49)
• 10. Sneakin' Around (0:46)
• 11. Maverick (0:55)
• 12. Joseph and the Russian (1:08)
• 13. Oh Bret (2:05)
• 14. A Noble Aims (0:49)
• 15. Trap (1:50)
• 16. The Hanging (2:01)
• 17. Bret Escapes (1:26)
• 18. Bret's Card/Sore Loser (1:27)
• 19. Coop Sails Away (1:33)
• 20. Annabelle Toodleoo (1:55)
• 21. The Commodore (1:23)
• 22. Pappy Shuffle (1:11)
• 23. Bath House (0:40)
• 24. Tartine de Merde - performed by Randy Newman (1:33)

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