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Open Range
(2003)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Conducted by:

Produced by:
Teese Gohl

Performed by:
The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Co-Orchestrated by:
Robert Elhai
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Hollywood Records
(August 12th, 2003)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if easily accessible, Western-friendly acoustic guitar music appeals to your more romantic views of the genre.

Avoid it... if you prefer your action Westerns to consistently kick you in the rear with intense performances and vibrant rhythms.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #467
WRITTEN 9/4/03, REVISED 3/6/09
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Open Range: (Michael Kamen) The Western genre had become a bit of an obsession for actor, producer, and director Kevin Costner during the prime of his career. With his string of epic films of the late 1990's failing to achieve critical and popular success, speculation had begun to arise about the chances that Dances with Wolves was a fluke, potentially labeling Costner as a one-hit wonder in the Western genre. While it didn't earn the same respect as his 1990 classic, Open Range was a strong return to the dusty, lawless environment of the Old West for Costner, though this time in the waning days of the era. Teaming with Robert Duvall, the two men play free range cattlemen who find themselves embroiled in a battle of revenge with the powerful owner of a town they stumble upon. Excessive gore and beautiful cinematography battle in the visual landscape, and while Michael Kamen's score is sufficient in serving the genre's needs, it often found itself unfairly compared to John Barry's classic music for Dances with Wolves. Costner had collaborated with James Newton Howard for a handful of his previous epic films, but for Open Range, he had originally settled on Basil Poledouris, who himself had lengthy credentials in the Western genre but was dealing with health issues that were shortening his career. In the end, however, the carousel of composers would land Kamen on the crew, and the assignment would turn bittersweet for collectors of the composer's works. It represented the last score he entirely completed before his sudden death from a heart attack at the age of 55 a few months later in 2003. Production timetables and the finishing of two partially written works by his orchestrators kept Kamen's name appearing in three subsequent films, but Open Range is commonly considered the composer's last major solo work.



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Alternate review of Open Range at Movie Music UK
Jonathan Broxton - September 7, 2004, at 5:25 p.m.
1 comment  (2326 views)
Open Range... One of the year's best
Stephan Boxie - July 5, 2004, at 9:39 p.m.
1 comment  (2474 views)
destined to be a classic
tm - February 14, 2004, at 9:26 p.m.
1 comment  (2472 views)
trailer theme
Ruben - January 23, 2004, at 9:11 p.m.
1 comment  (2074 views)
Michael Kamen's Last Score?   Expand >>
Sam - January 18, 2004, at 11:13 p.m.
2 comments  (2906 views)
Newest: January 24, 2004, at 10:07 a.m. by
Phil
Lyrics to "Holding All My Love For You"   Expand >>
M. L. - October 10, 2003, at 12:23 p.m.
2 comments  (12054 views)
Newest: March 16, 2004, at 10:11 p.m. by
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 51:37
• 1. Holding All My Love for You - performed by Julianna Raye (3:16)
• 2. Open Range (2:36)
• 3. Card Game (1:24)
• 4. Wagon Wheel (1:59)
• 5. Cattle Drive (1:15)
• 6. Ride to Town (3:27)
• 7. Decade (1:45)
• 8. Spooks on the Hill (1:21)
• 9. Starry Night (3:02)
• 10. Wounded Button (0:59)
• 11. Laudanum Dream (2:12)
• 12. Charley and Sue (1:45)
• 13. Boss Convinces Charley (2:15)
• 14. On the Porch (2:33)
• 15. Cat and Mouse (4:09)
• 16. Baxter Taunts Charley (1:32)
• 17. Face Off (1:35)
• 18. Gunfight (3:35)
• 19. Aftermath (2:22)
• 20. Charley Rides Off (3:03)
• 21. Proposal (3:31)
• 22. Teapot (1:59)

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