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Narrow Margin
(1990)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Mark McKenzie
Don Nemitz
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Intrada Records
(May, 2004)
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Limited specialty release, the 14th volume of Intrada Records' "Special Collection." Only 1,500 copies were available at an initial price of $20, selling out within a few years and then selling on the secondary market for $30.
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Buy it... if you desire an aggressive and frenetic suspense environment for large symphonic ensemble that is presented on album as Bruce Broughton intended it to be heard.

Avoid it... if you demand a sizable and distinct theme to anchor your otherwise technically impressive action scores.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,421
WRITTEN 7/2/04, REVISED 10/14/11
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Narrow Margin: (Bruce Broughton) Among the better forgotten thrillers of the 1990's is Narrow Margin, a harrowing tale of witness protection from director Peter Hyams that was inspired by its 1950's film noir predecessor. A deputy district attorney played by Gene Hackman is assigned to protect a book editor (Anne Archer) who is the only witness of a mob assassination. The attorney's challenge is to escort her against her will from the wilderness of Canada back to Los Angeles to testify, eluding the mob's resources along the way. The production rented an entire train on which to shoot for the majority of its running time, with the rail trek through British Columbia taking several suspenseful turns as killers from the mob predictably infiltrate the voyage. For train enthusiasts, this film ranks up with Under Siege 2: Dark Territory and Runaway Train as an exciting modern thriller, though Narrow Margin has the distinct advantage of featuring two outstanding actors in their prime. Despite these perks, the film toiled in obscurity soon after its release. Hyams has always been notorious for his difficult relationships with members of his crew, however, and most notably with his composers. Having worked with Jerry Goldsmith early in his career and then moving on to half a dozen composers thereafter, it is no surprise that there was never a consistent composer for the majority of his films. Having written the music for four of Hyams' projects, however, Bruce Broughton is the most frequent name on that list (just ahead of John Debney), with entries spanning the late 1980's and early 1990's. Broughton, whose career was arguably also at its prime, tackled Narrow Margin with a warranted sense of aggression that remains gritty around the edges throughout its length, providing one the most frenetic action scores of his career. Assembling a diverse range of orchestral performers, Broughton's composition is lively and robust, featuring a consistent level of activity to accompany the film's non-stop suspense from start to finish. Unfortunately for the composer, the lesson of Hyams' sometimes deranged thinking was not yet learned, and his score for Narrow Margin would suffer from endless requests for the re-scoring of many scenes, and even after such work was completed, the finished product was chopped into pieces by the time it was heard in the cinemas.



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Total Time: 61:29
• 1. Theme from "Narrow Margin" (2:32)
• 2. Main Title (2:33)
• 3. The Hit (2:07)
• 4. The Cabin (2:09)
• 5. Siege from Above (1:45)
• 6. Chopper Chase (4:17)
• 7. The Boarding (1:57)
• 8. New Passengers (1:58)
• 9. Into the Station (2:11)
• 10. No Carol for Wooton (3:34)
• 11. Sleeper (1:08)
• 12. Monashee Station (2:33)
• 13. Stalled Success (0:42)
• 14. Caulfield Runs (1:16)
• 15. Narrow Escapes (3:42)
• 16. Freeze! (1:14)
• 17. Fat Refuge (2:55)
• 18. Wooton, Then Nelson (2:54)
• 19. Nelson, Then Katherine (3:30)
• 20. It's That Man (0:40)
• 21. End Credits (3:01)
Bonus Tracks:
• 22. Chopper Chase (Alternate) (2:42)
• 23. Hide and Seek (0:40)
• 24. Carol Sleeps (0:32)
• 25. Mistaken Identities (0:44)
• 26. Fighting Nelson (3:19)
• 27. Collared (0:41)
• 28. End Credits (Original Version) (3:02)

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The insert includes detailed information about the score and film from Bruce Broughton and the producers of the album, as well as a list of performers.
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