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The Mexican
(2001)
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
David Bifano

Trumpet Solos by:
Gary Grant

Additional Music by:
Abraham Laboriel
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Decca Records
(February 27th, 2001)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you like your parody scores to pull out all the stops and make you laugh with their insanely silly, large-scale mocking of classic cliches.

Avoid it... if you have a hard time tolerating the usual tones of the Western film music genre without a composer intentionally bloating each element of the recording out of proportion for purposes of comedy.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #437
WRITTEN 2/20/01, REVISED 1/31/09
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The Mexican: (Alan Silvestri) A release date in early March 2001 betrayed any claims by Dreamworks that Gore Verbinski's romantic crime comedy The Mexican was considered a serious contender at the box office. Despite the production's star power, its remarkably dumb script is matched only by the boredom that the actors convey in their performances. A goofy and inept American criminal played by Brad Pitt is left by his girlfriend, Julia Roberts, while he bungles an assignment from his crime boss to retrieve a famous pistol in Mexico. Small bits of psychology and physical comedy along the way are meant to carry audience interest, but it didn't help that those two leads have absolutely no chemistry together. The film was appropriately treated with a score of parody intent from Alan Silvestri, who must have spent a few sunny afternoons conjuring the comedy tones of The Mexican instead of writing 70+ minutes of music for Cast Away. The film is a quirky romantic comedy that is inescapably attached to its setting, and because it wraps the funny characters, locale, and mythic Western elements into one package, Silvestri provided one of most unique scores in recent memory. For some of the more authentic stabs at original Latin material, Silvestri collaborated with Mexican bassist Abraham Laboriel (resulting in three of the cues in the film). It's not often that a score can completely fool an avid film music collector, but The Mexican is just that kind of score that plays so predictably to cliches in culture and a movie genre that it indeed becomes a surprise. The score is a charming, if not borderline silly piece of music, and it's hard to believe that Silvestri intended for anyone to take it seriously. Perhaps the tone is acknowledgement by the composer that he must have known this film was destined for failure. Still, there can't be much greater difference between the somber and restrained style for Cast Away, the full-fledged Western parody material with orchestra, chorus, and notable solos in The Mexican, and the adventurous symphonic romp for The Mummy Returns next. If anything, these three effective scores at the very least speak to the composer's immense talent.



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N.R.Q. - March 28, 2007, at 11:12 a.m.
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Silvestri's The Mexican
JMG - April 5, 2006, at 11:48 a.m.
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The Mexican, a great score.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 49:14
• 1. Main Title (0:52)
• 2. Blame Shifting (0:58)
• 3. Oye - co-written by Abraham Laboriel (1:34)
• 4. These Boots are Made for Walkin' - performed by Nancy Sinatra (2:43)
• 5. 10% Clint (1:10)
• 6. Leroy's Morning (1:40)
• 7. Why Can't We Be Friends - performed by War (3:52)
• 8. Want Our Life Back (1:31)
• 9. Frank's Dead - co-written by Abraham Laboriel (2:51)
• 10. You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You - performed by Dean Martin (1:59)
• 11. Jerry & Ted to Pawn - co-written by Abraham Laboriel (1:27)
• 12. The Mexican (2:14)
• 13. Airport (2:21)
• 14. The Safety Dance - performed by Men Without Hats (4:34)
• 15. El Cable - performed by Esquivel (2:19)
• 16. Margolese Compound (1:03)
• 17. Where's my Stuff (1:01)
• 18. Thieves (1:11)
• 19. A Good F'ing Reason (1:16)
• 20. It's Cursed, that Gun (3:24)
• 21. Oye, Oye (1:33)
• 22. A Miracle (2:28)
• 23. The Mexican - End Credits Medley (5:02)

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