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Million Dollar Baby
(2004)
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Composed and Produced by:
Clint Eastwood

Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Lennie Niehaus

Additional Arrangements by:
Gennady Loktionov

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(March 1st, 2005)
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Regular U.S. release.
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AWARDS
Nominated for a Golden Globe and a Grammy Award.
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Buy it... only if you were very closely touched by the film itself and have an established respect for the somber, low-key ambience of Clint Eastwood's musical style.

Avoid it... if the obvious technical simplicity of Eastwood's very basic music and its passionless performances leave you hopelessly bored or emotionally disengaged.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #508
WRITTEN 3/4/05, REVISED 10/7/11
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Million Dollar Baby: (Clint Eastwood) Edging the Martin Scorsese film The Aviator for the best picture and best director honors at the 2005 Academy Awards, Million Dollar Baby earned Clint Eastwood both of those Oscars, as well as acting awards for the film's other two top stars. The 25th film for Eastwood as a director continues his trend towards telling the gripping tales of inner demons and perseverance of character, often with spectacular critical result. And while Eastwood has excelled at portraying the raw, genuine emotions that his own acting performances in his hit Westerns of decades ago typically lacked, his award-caliber films also have a morbid sense of darkness about them that often leads to the subjects of maiming and death. Million Dollar Baby falls along all of these familiar patterns, providing the story of a young female boxer and a hardened boxing trainer, both struggling with their own failed family relationships. In the process of tuning the woman's boxing talents to top form (begrudgingly for the trainer), the two serve to inspire and frustrate each other to positive psychological ends. The tragedy that occurs as the story progresses is necessary to understand the emotional stance of the soundtrack, though it should be noted that despite the general unhappiness that prevails in the film, the score was also considered a critical and popular success. Rarely do critics unanimously praise a film so universally, and because of this situation, the score for Million Dollar Baby received an album release when one was really not otherwise merited. Marking the fifth venture as a solo composer for one of his films, Million Dollar Baby continues the same kind of very low-key ambience from Eastwood. He had already been recognized by major awarding bodies for his compositions for his films in the 2000's, so it wasn't entirely surprising when he landed Golden Globe and Grammy nominations for Million Dollar Baby (he filed paperwork too late for his score to be eligible for an Oscar nomination, though). Such nominations were likely based on sentimentality for Eastwood's other talents rather than his musical abilities. As usual, he took solo credit for his composition while continuing to utilize the services of longtime collaborators such as Lennie Niehaus to assist in adapting, orchestrating, arranging, and conducting the score.



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592 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.16 Stars
***** 37 5 Stars
**** 45 4 Stars
*** 114 3 Stars
** 179 2 Stars
* 217 1 Stars
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HORRIBLE
David Lounsberry - November 10, 2008, at 12:51 a.m.
1 comment  (1220 views)
Final comment...!!
Alexander Klein - September 23, 2005, at 6:24 p.m.
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music for million dollar baby   Expand >>
kea - May 7, 2005, at 11:19 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 34:55
• 1. Blue Morgan (0:40)
• 2. It's Nice Viewing (0:57)
• 3. Boxing Baby (2:25)
• 4. Boxing Montage (2:44)
• 5. Pick Up Money (0:57)
• 6. Nice Working With You (1:37)
• 7. Letters (1:20)
• 8. Blue Diner (3:35)
• 9. Deep in Thought (1:53)
• 10. Driving (1:38)
• 11. Blue Bear (0:43)
• 12. Frankie Horrified (1:07)
• 13. They're Amateurs (1:16)
• 14. May Have to Lose It (1:08)
• 15. Maggie's Plea (2:56)
• 16. Frankie's Dilemma (1:09)
• 17. Frankie's Decision (1:09)
• 18. Lethal Dose (1:57)
• 19. Frankie's Office (1:05)
• 20. End Credits (4:29)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
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