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Men of Honor
(2000)
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Composed and Produced by:

Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Ken Kugler
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Motown Records
(October 24th, 2000)
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Regular U.S. release.
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The song "Win" and the score were nominated for Grammy Awards.
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Buy it... if you value Mark Isham's ability to deliver a sincere tone in a restrained orchestral environment for a military-related topic.

Avoid it... if you, for some reason, did not embrace Isham's character-driven style for A River Runs Through It or Fly Away Home.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,154
WRITTEN 6/23/03, REVISED 4/1/09
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Men of Honor: (Mark Isham) The historically accurate story of an American Navy diver and his difficult and rebellious commanding officer, Men of Honor was a reasonably successful venture of the year 2000. The true to life tale is an interesting one, a glimpse into issues of adversity and discipline in a challenging military environment. With determination at heart, the story's central character overcomes enormous pressures, from the difficulty of the job and from cultural mores, and becomes an acknowledged and accomplished enlisted leader in the Navy. The production relied heavily on its performances from leads Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Robert De Niro, though the project would be destined to become a footnote in their careers. The same could be said of the project's status for composer Mark Isham, who was best known at the time (and still is, for most listeners) for his light-footed scores accompanying such pleasant films as A River Runs Through It, Fly Away Home, and At First Sight. After providing a fan favorite score for October Sky the previous year, Isham dabbled in greater depth with the action-drama genre of military connotations with Rules of Engagement. Despite the solo trumpet performances he is so well known for, Rules of Engagement was a critical and popular disappointment for Isham, and some critics questioned the composer's ability to provide adequate musical weight of significant scope for a dramatic film that was driven by powerful action scenes. Indeed, Men of Honor would require a comparatively high number of action cues, and Isham needed to shed the flat and uninspiring sound of his action music from the previous part of the year in order to adequately parallel the Navy diver's determination to succeed. Fortunately for the film and the composer's collectors, Isham's music for Men of Honor is a considerable triumph, and its release on CD would surprisingly net the composer part of a Grammy Award nomination for "Best Film Soundtrack Album" that year.



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Average: 3.02 Stars
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Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 39:41
• 1. Win - performed by Brian McKnight (4:11)
• 2. I Wish It Would Rain - performed by The Temptations (2:52)
• 3. Say When - performed by Marvin Gaye (2:38)
• 4. The Navy Diver (1:48)
• 5. A Son Never Forgets (3:27)
• 6. Bounce Dive (2:44)
• 7. Fouled! (4:55)
• 8. Gwen (2:45)
• 9. The Breath Holding Contest (2:57)
• 10. Jo (4:28)
• 11. Men of Honor (6:51)

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