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Mrs. Doubtfire
(1993)
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Fox Records/Arista Records
(December 7th, 1993)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you need conservatively pretty, fluffy, and cheery orchestral ambience to improve your mood without any significant deviations over the course of forty minutes.

Avoid it... if you value the creativity in tone and instrumental application evident in other Howard Shore works, for Mrs. Doubtfire is about as streamlined as light romantic comedy and drama scores can be.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,756
WRITTEN 12/29/10
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Mrs. Doubtfire: (Howard Shore) If not for Jurassic Park, the Robin Williams comedy Mrs. Doubtfire would have been the top-grossing film of 1993, ultimately hauling in more than $440 million. An initially mixed critical response eventually transformed into widespread acceptance of the film in the long term, its make-up receiving an Academy Award win and both the film and Williams earning top Golden Globes. The comedian is a down and out voice actor and father of two whose wife leaves him and takes his children with her. A lack of sympathy for Sally Field and her new boyfriend (Pierce Brosnan in a memorable pre-Bond role) pushes the audience to root for Williams' character as he enlists the assistance of his make-up expert brother (none other than Harvey Fierstein) to create for him a disguise in the form of an old woman that he can use to gain access to his children again. Despite the creepy undertones of that plot (the novel on which the film was based is even less amicable), Williams assumes the role of the fictitious Mrs. Doubtfire and manages to become hired as the new nanny for his own children. The remainder of the film perpetuates the rouse before its inevitable collapse for a good cause. One of the truly lasting characters in Mrs. Doubtfire is actually the city of San Francisco, portrayed beautifully by director Chris Columbus. The soundtrack of the film is dominated on screen by a variety of pop culture favorites, some of which source while others lampooned. As common in light, romantic comedies, the songs really do represent the film's personality for the mainstream, though for the airy score in between these placements, Columbus turned to Howard Shore. The director has collaborated with some of the biggest composing names in Hollywood, including John Williams, James Horner, and Hans Zimmer, though it's his lasting partnership with Williams for the Home Alone and Harry Potter franchises that are best known. Although Shore was far from being household name at the time and was, for film score collectors, a reliable source of brooding orchestral suspense and horror music, he was also adept at cranking out wholesome comedies when necessary. Perhaps the most notable of Shore's less ominous fare at the time was Big, and Mrs. Doubtfire resembles the orchestral portions of that popular score without bringing too much attention to itself.



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Average: 2.76 Stars
***** 10 5 Stars
**** 16 4 Stars
*** 22 3 Stars
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* 19 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 41:07
• 1. Mrs. Doubtfire (2:58)
• 2. Divorce (2:56)
• 3. My Name is Elsa Immelman (2:55)
• 4. Meeting Mrs. Doubtfire (2:14)
• 5. Tea Time With Mrs. Sellner (3:58)
• 6. Dinner is Served (2:18)
• 7. Daniel and the Kids (2:29)
• 8. Cable Cars (4:56)
• 9. Bridges Restaurant (6:13)
• 10. The Show's Over (3:26)
• 11. The Kids Need You (3:21)
• 12. Figaro*/Papa's Got a Brand New Bag** (3:23)
* performed by Robin Williams
** performed by James Brown

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The insert is a single-page sleeve that includes no extra information about the score or film.
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