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Sommersby
(1993)
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Composed and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Steve Bartek
Thomas Pasatieri
Jack Hayes
Philip Giffin

Conducted by:
Jonathan Sheffer
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Elektra Entertainment
(March 16th, 1993)
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Regular U.S. release, but completely out of print as of 2000. It sold for $35 or more on the secondary market in the 2000's.
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Buy it... if you're in the mood to appreciate a perfect balance of hopeful harmony and tremendous tragedy, for Sommersby remains a uniquely melodramatic entry in Danny Elfman's most sentimental ranges.

Avoid it... if you consider yourself suicidal, because Sommersby could honestly put you over the edge.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #487
WRITTEN 9/24/96, REVISED 9/11/08
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Sommersby: (Danny Elfman) An Americanized story of the soldier who assumes the identity of a comrade and returns to live the other man's life, Sommersby was a Richard Gere vehicle for which Nicholas Meyer had rewritten the story for the Virginia countryside. The film failed to garner much attention outside of its initial release, partly due to the story's predictably downbeat ending, unconvincing acting performances, and poor word of mouth. Despite its obscurity these many years later, Sommersby remains a well crafted film by director Jon Amiel, with several spectacular scenes of beautiful cinematography contained within the picture. In the post-Civil War era, Gere's title character returns from several years of war, having killed the nasty and real (and nearly identical-looking) Sommersby and assuming his place in a small Virginia village as a changed man. As he helps improve the town, as well as his family, the film builds up a positive, though troubled momentum, leading to the discovery of his fraud and a trail for his crimes. Sommersby was the only collaboration between Amiel and composer Danny Elfman (Amiel established a working relationship with Christopher Young after this film), and the choice of the rising star was one of intrigue and curiosity at the time. Elfman had been relatively inactive during the previous years, with his only major assignment being the Batman sequel, a score that obviously had nothing to offer in favor of the composer's talents regarding pre-1900 Virginia. Elfman had clearly defined his heavily dramatic sense of haunting, thematic beauty, however, in Edward Scissorhands. Ironically, Sommersby would offer the basis for Elfman's better known score for Black Beauty the following year, and an interesting environment of hushed, muddled enthusiasm still surrounds the first endeavor.



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1,630 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 4.02 Stars
***** 747 5 Stars
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Sommersby Formula
Bruno Costa - December 13, 2010, at 11:52 a.m.
1 comment  (1022 views)
A truly good score
Sheridan - August 14, 2006, at 9:56 a.m.
1 comment  (2242 views)
Orchestration   Expand >>
Nicolas Rodriguez Quiles - November 28, 2004, at 5:26 a.m.
2 comments  (3818 views)
Newest: November 3, 2005, at 6:05 a.m. by
N.R.Q.
The is the 2nd best Elfman Score
JS Park - April 7, 2004, at 4:47 p.m.
1 comment  (3073 views)
To the editor, Mr. Clemmensen   Expand >>
Composer - August 22, 2003, at 1:50 p.m.
2 comments  (3083 views)
Newest: August 30, 2003, at 9:34 a.m. by
Richard Crannix
When Elfman ruled......   Expand >>
Fernando Giménez Moreno - August 21, 2003, at 9:20 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 51:05
• 1. Main Titles (4:41)
• 2. The Homecoming (1:58)
• 3. Welcoming (1:35)
• 4. First Love (3:55)
• 5. At Work (2:00)
• 6. Alone (4:22)
• 7. Return Montage (5:19)
• 8. Mortal Sin (4:39)
• 9. Homer (1:07)
• 10. Going to Nashville (1:42)
• 11. Baby (2:15)
• 12. Tea Cups (1:44)
• 13. Townsend's Tale (6:08)
• 14. Death (2:11)
• 15. Finale (4:04)
• 16. End Credits (3:15)
(track times not listed on packaging)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes no extra information about the score or film. Some units were accidentally packaged with two identical copies of the insert in the jewel case.
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