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The Natural
(1984)
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Composed and Conducted by:

Orchestrated by:
Jack Hayes

Produced by:
Lenny Waronker
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Warner Brothers Records
(1989)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Winner of a Grammy Award and nominated for an Academy Award.
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Buy it... if you seek the early pinnacle of Randy Newman's career, one of the most defining, effective, and memorable sports scores of all time.

Avoid it... if you have little tolerance for Newman's vintage jazz and Aaron Copland sensibilities, both of which saturate the score outside of the bold performances of the primary, inspirational fanfare and its associated theme of redemption.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,527
WRITTEN 12/29/09
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The Natural: (Randy Newman) The 1980's saw the birth of the "sports hero movie" phenomenon, leading to several of the best entries in the genre during its infancy. Many imitations followed, some delving off into parody territory, but in the realm of purely serious, high quality drama in the sporting arena, few (if any) films can rival the influence of Hoosiers and The Natural. The latter was the inaugural venture of TriStar Pictures, a 1984 Barry Levinson adaptation of a Bernard Malamud novel that has often been considered the best representation of baseball on screen. Overcoming uncertain early reviews, The Natural became a crowd-pleaser and gained respect in heavy doses as the years passed. It told of the story of a man seeking redemption after his early promise of a baseball career was foiled by a gunshot from a crazy woman. Sixteen years later a 35-year-old rookie on a terrible team, Roy Hobbs, played to perfection by Robert Redford, leads the team, despite its corrupt ownership's intentional attempts to lose, to an unlikely pennant. Some argue that everything after the shooting is a flash of the life he could have had if not killed at that moment, but that speculation is as dissatisfying as the book's original downbeat ending (in which Hobbs strikes out to close out his comeback and succumbs to the bribes central to the story). His last-strike home run into the shattered lights of the stadium has become an iconic symbol of triumph, in both the sports world and in other avenues of life. Much of the success of that famous scene in The Natural is owed to Randy Newman's memorable score. Not yet established as a household name (and long before his fame singing for animated blockbusters), Newman announced himself with a solid score for The Natural that earned him a well deserved Academy Award nomination and Grammy Award win the following year. His music became an integral part of the mystique of the film, utilizing some of the vintage, jazzy sensibilities that flowed from his Louisiana roots while also conveying his Americana symphonic habits. Above all, The Natural features Newman's most potent career fanfare.



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Average: 3.58 Stars
***** 59 5 Stars
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*** 25 3 Stars
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* 24 1 Stars
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The Natural Formula
Bruno Costa - February 14, 2011, at 12:19 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 34:23
• 1. Prologue 1915-1923 (5:20)
• 2. The Whammer Strikes Out (1:56)
• 3. The Old Farm 1939 (1:07)
• 4. The Majors: The Mind is a Stranger Thing (2:14)
• 5. "Knock the Cover Off the Ball" (2:17)
• 6. Memo (2:02)
• 7. The Natural* (3:33)
• 8. Wrigley Field (2:13)
• 9. Iris & Roy (0:58)
• 10. Winning (1:00)
• 11. A Father Makes a Difference (1:53)
• 12. The Penthouse Party (1:10)
• 13. The Final Game (4:37)
• 14. The End Title (3:22)
* not contained in the film

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