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One True Thing
(1998)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Patrick Russ
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(September 22nd, 1998)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you already maintain a collection of Cliff Eidelman's scores for character dramas and are open to his most subtle effort in the genre, one that could play unintrusively while you read or sleep.

Avoid it... if you expect the vibrance that Eidelman usually provides to his themes for these films, or if you expect to hear the Bette Midler song featured in the film.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,251
WRITTEN 5/16/01, REVISED 3/13/08
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One True Thing: (Cliff Eidelman) Films about how families deal with a terminal illness in one of their own are not known for much more than their exhibition of acting, and One True Thing fits that mold perfectly. The performances by Meryl Streep, Renee Zellweger, and William Hurt are noteworthy, enough so that the film earned some praise in these regards, but they could not salvage a bland, moderately tear-jerking script that forced the drama into an awkward series of flashbacks. Based on the novel by Anna Quindlen, One True Thing passed with only a moderate reception by audiences, though its brutally honest depiction of troubled family life and the hardships of growth and loss turned away much of the movie's potential residual viewership and has since faded into obscurity. Almost equally ignored was Cliff Eidelman's music and subsequent score album for One True Thing. The project represented many turns for Cliff Eidelman, who had burst onto the scoring scene in the early 1990's as one of the potentially great composers of the following decades. While Eidelman had written music for several heartfelt dramas by 1998, never had the young composer produced such a minimalistic and intimate score for such a major production. One True Thing would also serve as the last motion picture score for Eidelman in the decade, and with the exception of the television film Witness Protection a year later, One True Thing would usher in a long drought of feature score production for Eidelman. His career then would revolve around his work on re-recordings with large performing groups, including the conducting of suites and themes specifically meant for release on album. The light character drama scores by Eidelman in the mid-1990's typically meandered in the nebulous regions of somewhat aimless piano and string themes, and although One True Thing follows the same general guidelines, it differs from A Simple Twist of Fate and Now and Then in that its primary theme never receives the lovely performances (either by full ensemble or well-mixed solo) and therefore has no distinct highlight. Among these scores, One True Thing is the weakest and cannot be recommended before them.



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186 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.84 Stars
***** 28 5 Stars
**** 34 4 Stars
*** 45 3 Stars
** 39 2 Stars
* 40 1 Stars
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Total Time: 32:34
• 1. Main Title (Remembering) (2:45)
• 2. Spring (1:56)
• 3. New York (1:16)
• 4. Journey Back Home (1:46)
• 5. Suspicion (1:27)
• 6. A Christmas Wish (2:22)
• 7. One True Thing (2:20)
• 8. Halloween Carnival (1:46)
• 9. Mom (1:11)
• 10. Press Conference (1:03)
• 11. Comeback Inn (3:32)
• 12. Awakening (1:26)
• 13. Passing Away (2:01)
• 14. Love (2:11)
• 15. A Passage of Time (1:12)
• 16. Reconciliation (4:13)

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