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Pleasantville
(1998)
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
Bruno Coon

Orchestrated by:
Don Davis
Randy Newman
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(November 17th, 1998)
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Regular U.S. release. A song compilation was released a month earlier.
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Nominated for an Academy Award.
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Buy it... if you appreciate Randy Newman's more serious, dramatic efforts of the 1990's, even if they're spiked with a few trademark jazz and comedy cues.

Avoid it... if the extent of your interest in Newman's work rests firmly in the realm of his comedy scores and song performances.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #576
WRITTEN 2/19/99, REVISED 3/31/07
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Pleasantville: (Randy Newman) Writer and director Gary Ross wrote several films of the 1990's that dealt with people adapting to life in the wrong place, whether it be a kid as an adult in Big, an ordinary man as a president in Dave, or two teens stuck in an old television show in Pleasantville. Both the premise and technology of Pleasantville were thought-provoking and entertaining in a way that could deliver a socio-political message while also yielding to a sappy, Hollywood-style storybook ending. In the plot, two 90's teens live in a dysfunctional household, and when a television repairman gives them a special remote for their TV, the two are transported back to the favorite show of the boy. That show is "Pleasantville," a black-and-white sitcom of the 50's in which everything's both perfect and sterile, wholesome and neat. As the characters begin to adapt to their new environment, living each day in the show itself, they begin to help the community in the show evolve into independent thinkers. In so doing, the film reveals its technical marvel: the special effect machine that slowly turns elements of the old show from black-and-white into color. As people, animals, and things make the transition --each with a specific reason-- the film displays brilliant colors and cinematography worthy of awards. Ross turned to veteran composer Randy Newman for Pleasantville, and although the songwriter had just come off of scores like Toy Story and A Bug's Life that had reaffirmed his stereotypical role on Hollywood, fewer people recall that many of the composer's best dramatic scores had already come by 1998. To a degree, Pleasantville was a holdover from the days of The Natural and Avalon, serious scores that still resonate today; Newman's straight dramatic writing since hasn't been able to capture the same level of pure Americana and, more importantly, convincing darkness. What's interesting about Pleasantville is that it bridges the two worlds of Randy Newman, with Ross perhaps calling upon the composer with the 50's music primarily in mind. In the end, Newman would succeed in both the comedy and drama for the film.

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874 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.28 Stars
***** 182 5 Stars
**** 189 4 Stars
*** 275 3 Stars
** 152 2 Stars
* 76 1 Stars
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Very moving...
J. Alán Blankenship - November 2, 2006, at 8:39 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 31:40
• 1. The Pleasantville Theme (1:06)
• 2. Real Rain (4:31)
• 3. Bud's a Hero (1:25)
• 4. In the Bath (2:07)
• 5. Mural (2:05)
• 6. Make-Up (1:39)
• 7. The Art Book (1:22)
• 8. Punch (0:30)
• 9. Together (0:45)
• 10. Waking Up (1:30)
• 11. No Umbrellas (1:05)
• 12. Burning the Books (2:27)
• 13. The Aftermath (2:01)
• 14. A New Day (4:59)
• 15. Goodbye (1:32)
• 16. The Sweater (0:15)
• 17. Let's Go Bowling (1:32)

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The insert notes contain no information about the score. The text font on the back of the packaging is extremely difficult to read.
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