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Rudy
(1993)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Alexander Courage
Arthur Morton
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Varèse Sarabande
(September 28th, 1993)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you seek an inspirational score with the same noble heart and good-natured, competitive movement as Jerry Goldsmith's masterpiece in the genre, Hoosiers.

Avoid it... if you're dissatisfied by scores that make the most out of only a few simplistic constructs, repeating them constantly with only alteration in their tempo and instrumental intensity.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #189
WRITTEN 4/10/97, REVISED 1/27/08
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Rudy: (Jerry Goldsmith) For viewers who consider the 1986 masterpiece Hoosiers to be the sports film with the greatest heart that cinema has ever seen, Rudy presents many solid arguments to reside in second place. The crew of Hoosiers, including director David Anspaugh and writer Angelo Pizzo, reunited seven years later for Rudy, conveying many of the same underdog elements of a very personal nature while ensuring that the sports scenes are restrained enough to maintain the film's placement outside of the stereotypical sports genre. The story of Rudy follows the real-life 1970's journey of Daniel Ruettiger, whose youthful dream of playing football for the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame was countered by the reality of poor grades and marginal athletic ability. With the passion of his heart, however, he managed to be assigned to the practice squad for the team and, in the final game of the season and after becoming extremely popular for his determination, he enters a Notre Dame game for a few plays at the end, sacks the opposing quarterback, and remains the last player to be carried off the field by his team. While the quality of Rudy may not equal Hoosiers, its an equally lovable variant of the same concept, and the role of Jerry Goldsmith's music in both films is pivotal to their success. Goldsmith had been asking Anspaugh and Pizzo for another Hoosiers-like project for years, and while Rudy scratched that itch for both the composer and his fans, Goldsmith would pass away just a year before an opportunity for a third collaboration would present itself in 2005 (The Game of Their Lives). The highly predictable outcome and feel-good subject matter made Rudy a mockery for many film critics to feast on, and although the film has its fair share of faults due to its simplicity, the score is no slacker. Goldsmith's ability to merge the heart of a personal journey with the adversity of a sports environment is masterful, resulting in music that has been used for everything from the Academy Awards and John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign to the National Football League itself. In short, if you're looking for an inspirational orchestral score, there are few that can compete with Rudy.

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Excellent
Rende - February 23, 2008, at 12:17 p.m.
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Total Time: 36:48
• 1. Main Title (3:35)
• 2. A Start (2:27)
• 3. Waiting (2:35)
• 4. Back on the Field (2:07)
• 5. To Notre Dame (6:55)
• 6. Tryouts (4:27)
• 7. The Key (3:55)
• 8. Take Us Out (1:51)
• 9. The Plaque (2:36)
• 10. The Final Game (6:16)

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The insert contains commentary from Ruettiger and Anspaugh, as well as a pictorial from the recording sessions.

session 1 session 2


Jerry Goldsmith conducting Rudy, 1993.

Recording session photos: Matthew Peak

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