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Radio Flyer
(1992)
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Composed, Co-Arranged, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Shirley Walker

Co-Orchestrated by:
Bruce Fowler

Solo Performances by:
Nick Glennie-Smith
Richard Harvey
Tommy Morgan
Jim Kanter

Co-Arranged by:
Jeff Rona

Co-Produced by:
Jay Rifkin
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Warner/Big Screen Records
(March 31st, 1992)
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Regular U.S. release, but completely out of print since the closure of the label in the mid-1990's. Used copies have long been readily available on the secondary market.
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Buy it... if you want to hear Hans Zimmer's enduringly upbeat, creative, beautiful, and dynamic children's score as a reminder of an era when the composer's music contained an intimate sense of style and a uniquely genuine spirit.

Avoid it... if the tone of the music in the context of the highly disturbing, ill-fated film has already offended you beyond your ability to appreciate the score on album.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #583
WRITTEN 7/17/04, REVISED 10/3/11
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Radio Flyer: (Hans Zimmer) If you want to study about a film that definitely should never have been made, then Radio Flyer is your target case. It's hard to imagine how director Richard Donner couldn't see the writing on the wall, but the screenplay for Radio Flyer by David Mickey Evans had been passed around Hollywood with extremely high interest, and Donner took it upon himself to bring this terrible fantasy tale of child abuse to the big screen. The director's first film being The Omen was perhaps some indication at the time, however, that he could take any film about a troubled child and shape it into a classic. Unfortunately, Radio Flyer falls into the trap of an impossible reality: a mother of two children remarries an abusive alcoholic, but she doesn't know that he is beating the younger son. Having seen another child try to fly on his Radio Flyer wagon (and being crippled by it), the two brothers decide that the only way to escape the abuse is to build their own flying wagon and attempt to have the beaten brother fly away to safety. The whole film exists in this fantasy world, balancing the horrors of his beatings with the imagination of flight that is the boys' goal. The older brother tells the story some years later, and despite the film's glossy, misleading ending (which indicates that the escape was not only possible, but the flight actually happens), the brother inevitably dies in the attempt. It's a hideous, malformed story that had millions pumped into its making, and segments of Hollywood remember it as one of the most fiscally disastrous projects of all time as of 1992. Donner had worked with A-list composers throughout his career, most notably John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith, and for Radio Flyer he chose relative newcomer Hans Zimmer, who was building his fame in giant leaps and bounds in the early 1990's. Zimmer took on the project with a sense of challenge since children's music was a new avenue for him. The problem with the film and score, however, is how the music would be approached. Would the score mirror the horrors of the abuse? Or would it exist solely in the fantasy world of the boys? Would it simply attempt to be a serious version of Goldsmith's youthful escape music for Explorers?

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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 33:44
• 1. Radio Flyer Part I (9:58)
      • a) Building the Flyer
      • b) On the Road to Geronimo
      • c) Lost Secrets and Fascinations

• 2. Radio Flyer Part II (7:00)
      • a) Expeditioning
      • b) Mix the Potion
      • c) Four Discoveries

• 3. Radio Flyer Part III (13:37)
      • a) Sampson and Shame
      • b) Fisher's Legend
      • c) The Big Idea

• 4. The Name Game - performed by Shirley Ellis (3:00)
(total score time: 30:43)

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The insert includes information about Zimmer, Donner (and his wife), and the film.
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