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The River Wild
(1994)
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1994 BMG/RCA
2015 Intrada
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Alexander Courage
Arthur Morton

"The Water is Wide" Performed by:
Cowboy Junkies

Rejected Score Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Conducted by:
Maurice Jarre

Rejected Score Co-Orchestrated by:
Thomas Pasatieri
Lawrence Dominello
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
BMG Music/RCA Victor
(September 27th, 1994)

Intrada Records
(January 19th, 2015)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1994 BMG/RCA album was a regular U.S. release but out of print by the late 1990's. The 2015 Intrada album is a limited product with unknown quantities produced and sold initially for $30.
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Buy it... on the 2015 2-CD set containing both Jerry Goldsmith and Maurice Jarre's average adventure scores for this film, a fascinating experience of two different, moderately engaging takes on the same picture.

Avoid it... on any album if you are a Goldsmith collector interesting in hearing the most mature versions of all the ideas conveyed by the composer in this score, in which case The Edge is a safer bet.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #515
WRITTEN 5/31/98, REVISED 12/5/15
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The River Wild: (Jerry Goldsmith/Maurice Jarre) If the disturbing classic film Deliverance is the guys' late-night, squeal-like-a-pig version of the "city folk go into nature only to discover that man is the true enemy" formula, then Curtis Hanson's The River Wild of 1994 is the somewhat family friendly midday interpretation of the same idea. Instead of Appalachia, the scene this time is Montana (known affectionately by its residents as "the last best place to hide"), where a former river guide from the area played by Meryl Streep takes her now city-dwelling family on a rafting vacation to her old haunts. Luckily for them, three malicious goons get into another raft and follow the family like a group of predators. Eventually there are hostages, unbelievable and frustrating twists of plot, and ultimately, of course, the need to run the "Gauntlet," a particularly nasty portion of river that only true professionals can navigate. Then again, if you're going to rid yourself of those pesky bad guys, led by Kevin Bacon in a comfortable role, then you'll need to provide the audience with that inevitable feat of spandex-ripping stress. Despite the film's gorgeous scenery and a heady performance by Streep, the holes and stretches in the plotline doomed the picture. Unable to save the day this time was composer Jerry Goldsmith, whose collaboration with Hanson remains better remembered for the popular L.A. Confidential several years later. Goldsmith's tenure on The River Wild was a last-minute adventure in and of itself, however, and the hands of unsatisfied studio executives caused the soundtrack for the project to become a Big Sky-sized headache. The film had originally been scored in totality by legendary veteran Maurice Jarre, who toiled through countless re-writes of various cues in the score for Hanson before the executives, citing poor test screenings, dropped Jarre's music completely (without asking the composer for any further alterations). This despite Jarre's professed affection for the film and his willingness to spice up the suspense portions, which were apparently the issue that doomed his work. In stepped Goldsmith, who tackled the film to his own stylistic norms with superior results compared to Jarre's contribution but Goldsmith likewise became the target of extensively rejected material that threatened his music in the film as well. There was no winning for anyone here.



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***** 52 5 Stars
**** 58 4 Stars
*** 68 3 Stars
** 55 2 Stars
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Speaking of Jarre and 'The first Knight'...
Solaris - April 3, 2016, at 1:41 p.m.
1 comment  (246 views)
I love this score.
hewhomustnotbenamed - July 6, 2012, at 3:47 p.m.
1 comment  (752 views)
The River Wild Formula
Bruno Costa - November 7, 2010, at 11:53 a.m.
1 comment  (1916 views)
A good score!
Rende - October 14, 2006, at 6:43 a.m.
1 comment  (2083 views)
Theme song comment
sam - May 8, 2006, at 4:36 a.m.
1 comment  (2801 views)
main theme is NOT by Goldsmith   Expand >>
F - June 15, 2005, at 5:14 a.m.
3 comments  (3751 views)
Newest: December 28, 2005, at 12:19 p.m. by
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1994 BMG/RCA Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 38:57
• 1. The Water is Wide* (3:10)
• 2. Gale's Theme (Main Title) (2:24)
• 3. Big Water (2:51)
• 4. Wade Goes Under (3:18)
• 5. Tom Hangs On (3:21)
• 6. Vision Quest (2:57)
• 7. Little Niagra (2:40)
• 8. Same Old Story (2:12)
• 9. Vacation's Over (9:51)
• 10. Family Reunion (End Title)** (5:47)
* performed by Cowboy Junkies
** contains segment performed by Cowboy Junkies
2015 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 154:58

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert of the 1994 album includes no extra information about the score or film. That of the 2015 Intrada set contains lengthy notation about both.
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