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The Minus Man
(1999)
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Composed and Conducted by:

Produced by:
Christopher Covert
Barry Cole
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Varèse Sarabande
(August 10th, 1999)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you seek an introspective, country-flavored interpolation of Thomas Newman's instrumentation and rhythms by Marco Beltrami.

Avoid it... if you seek a score longer than twenty minutes that will leave any lasting impression on you whatsoever.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,259
WRITTEN 9/6/99, REVISED 8/27/07
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The Minus Man: (Marco Beltrami) The directorial debut of Bladerunner writer Hampton Fancher, The Minus Man was a psychological character study that was actually received quite well by critics despite a total collapse at the box office. It follows the aimless world of Owen Wilson's serial killer, a seemingly nice and innocent guy wandering the Pacific Northwest and taking odd jobs. But he kills upon impulse, and the film uses two imaginary police detectives to act as the character's own devils on the shoulder as both he (and the audience) seek to explain his actions. It's a disturbing film with little to like, but it's easy to see how The Minus Man captivated critics in search of films with superior character analysis (on a wide variety of characters, not just Wilson's). Outside of its own self-analysis, The Minus Man seems to have no broader purpose, and the same could be said of Marco Beltrami's score. Beltrami's career had been firmly rooted in slasher/horror films in the mid-to-late 1990's, and The Minus Man came among a series of unassuming and underwhelming efforts that really failed to help his career progress. The film did, however, give the young composer the opportunity to write a score that didn't fit the persona of his previous efforts. As a minimalistic effort with a country twist, The Minus Man would offer some moments of sparse Americana spirit of the most rural kind, and Beltrami's score is basically sufficient. It is, in spirit, a score that seeks to create an atmosphere rather than entertain by its own power, defying description in its own odd personality. Barely audible and with unintrusive pacing, Beltrami's The Minus Man creeps along in a wishy-washy environment of dissolution, stopping only in two cues to provide the dissonance necessary for the film's openly darker moments.



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Average: 2.09 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 30:51
• 1. Infinity* (4:06)
• 2. Main Title (3:07)
• 3. That Truck is a Horse of Death (1:26)
• 4. The Mechanics of Vann (1:02)
• 5. At Home (1:18)
• 6. Rancheros Bolero (1:24)
• 7. Postal Shuffle (1:49)
• 8. Scatback's Daydream (1:12)
• 9. Lab Rat (0:40)
• 10. The Funeral (1:20)
• 11. On the Job (0:24)
• 12. Hunt for Gene (2:16)
• 13. Christmas (1:18)
• 14. Soft Shoe Shuffle* (2:05)
• 15. Under the Sheets (1:18)
• 16. Hampton's Devil (1:37)
• 17. The Pouch Song* (4:23)
* song performed by Bryony Atkinson and Inara George.

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The insert notes include credits for the three songs, but no extra information about the score.
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