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Runaway Jury
(2003)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Conducted by:
Adam Stern

Co-Produced by:
Flavio Motalla
Dave Giuli
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(November 4th, 2003)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are curious to hear a blending of Christopher Young's bluesy styles with Thomas Newman's contemporary rhythms and instrumentation.

Avoid it... if less than ten minutes of fully-charged thriller music from the full orchestra is not worth wading through lengthy atmosphere of slight rhythms.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #788
WRITTEN 11/7/03, REVISED 3/5/09
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Runaway Jury: (Christopher Young) The 2003 adaptation of yet another John Grisham novel to the big screen, Runaway Jury took a few wrong turns for fans of the writer. Instead of featuring a landmark court case against big tobacco at the heart of the story, the filmmakers twisted the occupation of the villains and aimed it at the gun industry. Even with that major change aside, the screenplay suffered from poor choices in adaptation and resulted in a film that was somewhat flat all the way to its overwrought end, especially when the motives and secrets of all of the characters are revealed in artificially rapid succession. With a truly intelligent plot cast aside, the production relied on the performances of veterans Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman to carry its weight. It was also the first venture into the realm of Grisham's courtroom dramas for composer Christopher Young. Casual viewers of Grisham stories on screen probably recalled Dave Grusin's style for the Academy Award-nominated The Firm a decade prior, and Young doesn't stray too far from that tested formula. The film was directed by Gary Fleder, whose films often featured the subdued work of Mark Isham. While Isham may have succeeded in producing an adequate score for Runaway Jury, Felder went with Young, who had proven himself arguably more versatile in urban thriller settings. Collectors of Young's work, upon hearing his music for this venture, will wonder immediately if he was given a template of Thomas Newman's styles within to work, because the finished result of the composition is a piece heavy with Newman references and a touch of Grusin and Young's own styles thrown into the mix. The contemporary rhythms, especially within the framework of "less is more," make Runaway Jury a very typical Newman score, especially when considering the cyclical, somewhat off-kilter rhythmic performances of percussion and acoustic guitar with an orchestral string section lending an occasional hand in three or four-note bursts. To a much lesser extent, a few Grusin ideas are conveyed through the style of the purely atmospheric sequences, and Young's thriller writing is evident in the limited, straight forward action cues.



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Average: 3.09 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 59:37
• 1. Runaway Jury (5:37)
• 2. Dumb Witness (1:33)
• 3. Cheaper by the Dozen (3:06)
• 4. The Game's Afoot (1:24)
• 5. Not Lady Liberty (1:56)
• 6. Shark Tactics (4:28)
• 7. The Divine Komeda (1:59)
• 8. Jury for Sale (2:52)
• 9. Easter's Con (1:02)
• 10. Voir Dire (6:05)
• 11. Habeas Corpus (2:43)
• 12. Rankin Fitch (3:45)
• 13. Spilt Whiskey (2:09)
• 14. The Devil's Not Such a Bad Guy After All (2:03)
• 15. Erase Her From My Heart (4:17)
• 16. Fayeth in Fate No More (8:32)
• 17. Who Hurt You? (3:06)
• 18. Unconditional Love (2:51)

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