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Mark Twain's Roughing It
(2002)
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Composed, Orchestrated, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
Douglass Fake

Performed by:
The Sinfonia of London
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Intrada Records
(December, 2002)
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Limited release of 1,500 copies, available only through the label and other online soundtrack specialty outlets until it sold out.
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Buy it... if the light and fluffy side of Bruce Broughton's Western music appeals to your appreciation of easy listening experiences in the genre.

Avoid it... if you fear that too much of that sound on a long album can deflate the effectiveness of the work as a whole, especially in the absence of the score's thematic anchors for much of that time.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,331
WRITTEN 7/16/03, REVISED 2/26/09
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Mark Twain's Roughing It: (Bruce Broughton) An innocuous and lovable Hallmark Entertainment film of 2002, director Charles Smith's depiction of both Mark Twain's younger and older personas offers an expansive glimpse at the life of Samuel Clemens. Staying true to many of the facts of Clemens' life, Mark Twain's Roughing It tells the tall tales of Clemens' youth through the adaptation of his own autobiographical novel. He delivers these stories throughout the film from the perspective of the 1891 Clemens (played by James Garner) while speaking at the graduating ceremony of his daughter's school class. The enduring success of Clemens' writing career (as Mark Twain) is sustained mainly because of his ability to relate the details of history in a comical fashion, and the film offers robust visual representations of many of these comedy routines in which Clemens participated during his own lifetime. As wholesome entertainment, Mark Twain's Roughing It is a lighthearted, fluffy, and undemanding distraction set mostly in the Wild West, as Clemens' journeys lead him to California in search of adventure and inspiration for his stories. Also at the top of his game, composer Bruce Broughton was widely regarded as the scoring industry's foremost expert on Western genre music in the 1990's and beyond. Since his Academy Award nomination for Silverado established him as a Western guru in the mid-1980's, Broughton has embraced the genre for projects both large and small. His willingness to provide superior music for television films in particular has led to a prolific career in these regards (to the detriment of his feature scoring career, though it's hard to knock an artist for making a living in a comfortable field). Without a doubt, Roughing It would be a perfect match for Broughton, who initially was swamped with other scoring assignments when approached for this picture. His enthusiasm for the project, however, would cause him to accept the challenge. There was a large amount of music required for the production, and Broughton managed to squeak through and finish the project with a positive attitude and a generous amount of understandably predictable, but highly functional Western film music.



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Average: 3.27 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 75:01
• 1. Nervous Preparation (1:50)
• 2. The Clemens Brothers (1:27)
• 3. The Adventure Begins (1:36)
• 4. Hearing About Slade (0:42)
• 5. Indian Mail Drop (2:06)
• 6. The Prize Cow (1:11)
• 7. Pony Express Rider (1:17)
• 8. Mama's Hopes (2:43)
• 9. Slade and the Barkeep (2:38)
• 10. Bandits! (1:54)
• 11. Slade's District (1:33)
• 12. Considering a Plan (2:42)
• 13. This is Slade (4:31)
• 14. Feeling Lucky (1:05)
• 15. Sam Moves On (1:29)
• 16. Walking Nevada (1:12)
• 17. The Critters are Loose (1:14)
• 18. Meet Mr. Balloo (0:47)
• 19. Under Way (2:07)
• 20. In the Drink (0:44)
• 21. Silver and Snow (1:01)
• 22. Fresh Tracks (3:08)
• 23. Confessions (5:05)
• 24. Reneging on Redemption (1:33)
• 25. Attacked! (1:03)
• 26. My Luck Was Gone (3:02)
• 27. Drifting (1:08)
• 28. Louise's Poetry (1:01)
• 29. Visions of Louise (1:20)
• 30. The Louise Story (3:07)
• 31. Sam Reevaluated (0:46)
• 32. Music on Wealth (2:08)
• 33. Orion's Ill (1:26)
• 34. Talking to Orion (2:11)
• 35. Orion Recovers (2:54)
• 36. Stupidigration (3:28)
• 37. Peroration (2:04)
• 38. End Credits (1:58)

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The insert includes Intrada's usual standard of detailed notes about the score and film.
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