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The Missing
(2003)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
J.A.C. Redford
Randy Kerber

Co-Produced by:
Simon Rhodes
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Sony Classical/Sony Music Soundtrax
(November 18th, 2003)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are prepared for a heart-pounding, dramatic powerhouse with native chants, ominous synthetic chorus, orchestral depth, weighty themes, and an excellent array of specialty flutes and percussion.

Avoid it... if you are either deterred by James Horner's repetitive thematic structures or are seeking more of the intensely personal recordings of Native American chants you heard in Thunderheart.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #241
WRITTEN 11/15/03, REVISED 3/15/09
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The Missing: (James Horner) Based on the novel "The Last Ride" by Thomas Eidson, Ron Howard's 2003 adaptation titled The Missing brings a tale of horror and desperation in the old American Southwest to the big screen. Set in the last years of the 19th Century, the film's plot is one of simple kidnapping and pursuit, with a teenage daughter taken by a group of vigilantes and the estranged family members of the girl desperately attempting to rescue the daughter before the band of criminals takes her, and others they abducted, into the wilderness of Mexico. Cate Blanchett's gritty performance as the weathered mother of the lost girl was particularly applauded by critics. On top of the basic story, however, is a touch of Native American mysticism, for the grandfather of the abducted girl (played by Tommy Lee Jones) utilizes the native tracking techniques of his culture to assist in the terrifying search. The journey undertaken by these characters allowed Howard to display the harsh realities of nature in the region while also romanticizing the landscapes to the usual level of cinematic awe that audiences expect to see. The director had collaborated with composer James Horner several times in the previous ten years, with the scores for A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13 both nominated for Academy Awards. The collaboration had not always been fruitful for Horner's collectors, however, with both Ransom and How the Grinch Stole Christmas fading fast in his career. For The Missing, Horner would return to arguably his most inspirational genre of composition: grand ethnic drama. While Horner remains loyal to the ethnic demands of the American Southwest, he also unleashes the fully orchestral structure of epic themes that most listeners remember fondly from Legends of the Fall. More interestingly, The Missing was among a group of Horner scores in late 2003 that, for the first time in a while, did not to rely on the contributions of an advertised soloist.



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Southall - August 2, 2016, at 1:22 p.m.
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Who copied and what?   Expand >>
Johanna - July 12, 2009, at 1:49 p.m.
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Newest: November 16, 2009, at 9:15 p.m. by
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He took a page from Zimmer!!!   Expand >>
Oggy - July 11, 2005, at 1:25 p.m.
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Newest: January 8, 2006, at 5:05 a.m. by
Randall Flagg
Copying of Braveheart themes   Expand >>
Michael - December 1, 2004, at 4:18 p.m.
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Newest: January 11, 2005, at 3:12 p.m. by
JS Park
This album realy deserves 5 *****
Gorjan - December 1, 2004, at 9:34 a.m.
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Alternative review of The Missing at Movie Music UK
Jonathan Broxton - August 31, 2004, at 6:22 a.m.
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Total Time: 77:35
• 1. New Mexico, 1885 (2:26)
• 2. The Stranger (3:51)
• 3. Dawn to Dusk; The Riderless Horse (4:22)
• 4. A Dark and Restless Wind (3:18)
• 5. The Search Begins (2:15)
• 6. Lilly's Fate is in These Hands (6:43)
• 7. The Brujo's Storm - A Loss of Innocence (8:30)
• 8. Setting the Trap - Staying One Step Ahead (3:55)
• 9. A Curse of Ghosts (4:43)
• 10. A Rescue is Planned (6:18)
• 11. Kayitah's Death - The Soaring Hawk (4:24)
• 12. Rescue and Breakout (3:23)
• 13. Profound Loss (3:22)
• 14. An Insurmountable Hurdle (3:45)
• 15. The Long Ride Home (16:12)

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