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The Spitfire Grill
(1996)
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Sony Classical
(August 20th, 1996)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you've long been weary of James Horner's tendency to overstate and recycle his music for dramatic settings, for this score is truly unique in its genuine heart and attitude.

Avoid it... if even Horner at his most sincere can't convince you to take a chance on what was surprisingly the best score from the entire industry in 1996.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #369
WRITTEN 9/24/96, REVISED 8/11/08
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The Spitfire Grill: (James Horner) Lost in all the commotion about this film's award-winning showing at the Sundance Film Festival is the fact that it was at first produced for strictly religious purposes. A creation of the Catholic non-profit group Sacred Heart League, the initially-titled Care of the Spitfire Grill, a sorrowful but galvanizing portrayal of faith and sacrifice, was originally (and still is) intended for use in Christian educational settings. Upon the film's strong acclaim at Sundance, it was purchased on the spot by Castle Rock Entertainment for a stunning $10 million, the most money ever paid for an independent film. Mainstream critics and audiences weren't quite as thrilled by the story's tragic depiction of redemption, with a final act that preaches to unbelievable twists and turns, and Castle Rock ended up breaking about even on the venture. In The Spitfire Grill, a young woman released from prison (and in there for manslaughter) is the salvation of a small New England town where she both helps save the only local diner and, through her sacrifice, many of the people she encounters. It's a mutation on the reliable story of Jesus Christ, and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to predict what happens to the girl in the end (a hint: death!). In between the time of the film's submission to Sundance and its eventual winning of its most coveted award, the original producers of the film, anticipating its potential, asked veteran composer James Horner to re-score the picture. The normally expensive Horner, impressed by the values depicted in the story, agreed to provide a small-scale score for The Spitfire Grill, written and recorded late in 1995 (a fact that only adds to the plentiful evidence that 1995 was easily the composer's best year of writing). His music was one of the reasons why the film achieved its success at Sundance, earning widespread praise that would eventually spread to nearly every corner of the film music world. The album release, predictably picked up by Sony Classical during the height of the film's hoopla, was an extremely refreshing piece of redemption for Horner's career, for it was a precursor to The Mask of Zorro in silencing the many listeners who accused the composer of failing to write a distinctly new idea in years. In short, The Spitfire Grill was unique.



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Southall - August 15, 2013, at 2:11 p.m.
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Pure magic
Sheridan - August 28, 2006, at 9:58 a.m.
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good score, but a WAY overrated   Expand >>
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the best   Expand >>
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 50:12
• 1. An Uncertain Future/Main Title (3:38)
• 2. Shelby & Percy (5:55)
• 3. Hannah's Fall (1:58)
• 4. The Mystery of the Night (1:21)
• 5. Open for Business (2:25)
• 6. Remembering Eli (1:54)
• 7. The Trees (1:39)
• 8. A Gift from the Forest (4:43)
• 9. Reading the Letters (2:02)
• 10. A Healing Balm (5:59)
• 11. A New Life for Gilead (1:25)
• 12. Wrongful Blame (2:15)
• 13. A Desperate Decision (5:07)
• 14. ...Care of the Spitfire Grill (9:53)

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