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The Terminal
(2004)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Clarinet and Accordion Solos by:
Emily Bernstein
Guy Klusevsky

Orchestrated by:
John Neufeld
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Decca/Universal
(June 15th, 2004)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you yearn to supplement your collection of dramatic and bombastic John Williams music with a truly spirited, fully orchestral, and infectious comedy score highlighted by an irresistible sense of rhythm and charm.

Avoid it... if you've never been receptive to the short bursts of cutely optimistic comedy and saccharine romance that Williams had inserted as individual cues in his works dating back to the 1980's.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #209
WRITTEN 6/10/04, REVISED 9/22/11
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The Terminal: (John Williams) At the time of its release, there was debate about whether director Steven Spielberg's The Terminal was inspired by the true story of an Iranian stuck in France's Charles de Gaulle Airport back in 1988, but regardless of its origins, the concept was certainly a novel one for the big screen in 2004. Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks) finds himself trapped in a New York airport terminal because war has broken out in his native Eastern European nation (literally while he was on his flight from that country to America) and his passport and other documentation is therefore no longer valid. Unable to be sent back and unable to be allowed out of the terminal, Navorski lives a portion of his life trapped in the airport, becoming a fond fixture for employees and even sparking a romance with a flight attendant (Catherine Zeta-Jones). Rather than making the film one of horror and frustration (which, as any of you stuck in an airport for a day or two will know, is a believable nightmare), Spielberg extended the inventive and funny aspects of Hanks' character to achieve a light-hearted and spirited comedy. Audiences didn't buy it, however, and The Terminal has since become one of the director's more obscure footnotes. It represented the 21st collaboration between Spielberg and composer John Williams, finally a long overdue opportunity for the two artists to produce the sounds of pure fun and romantic comedy not restrained by the typically elevated melodrama of Spielberg's usual topics of interest. The previous collaboration between Spielberg and Williams, Catch Me If You Can, was likewise a relief from their futuristic, post-2000 sci-fi endeavors, however you'd have to go back to the early to mid-1990's to hear Williams pull truly unhindered, lighthearted material out of his hat. It would be easy to state that The Terminal is by far the brightest comedic effort of the composer's latter twenty years of writing, and when looking at his output in the decade of the 2000's (abbreviated because of his semi-retirement after 2005), it blatantly stand out. But collectors of his works may associate it with the jazzy era of Williams' career (centered in the 1960's), when silliness prevailed in many of his smaller-scale scores.

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Terrible movie, just o.k. score
Bernardo - May 28, 2012, at 4:01 a.m.
1 comment  (623 views)
Brass Section (Hollywood Studio Symphony)
N.R.Q. - July 26, 2007, at 5:36 p.m.
1 comment  (1760 views)
Excellent music
Sheridan - February 17, 2007, at 11:42 a.m.
1 comment  (1838 views)
The Terminal.....
Pieter Urff - October 3, 2005, at 2:28 a.m.
1 comment  (1923 views)
John Williams Rocks my Socks
Amy - April 15, 2005, at 7:46 p.m.
1 comment  (1611 views)
Williams always does good, this is no exception.
R.J.Robinson - April 3, 2005, at 5:47 a.m.
1 comment  (1488 views)
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 57:58
• 1. The Tale of Viktor Navorski (4:12)
• 2. Dinner wIth Amelia (8:02)
• 3. A Legend is Born (3:16)
• 4. Viktor and his Friends (4:43)
• 5. The Fountain Scene (5:33)
• 6. The Wedding of Officer Torres (5:01)
• 7. Jazz Autographs (3:45)
• 8. Refusing to Escape (3:01)
• 9. Krakozhia National Anthem and Homesickness (1:49)
• 10. Looking for Work (3:17)
• 11. Gupta's Deliverance (3:18)
• 12. Finding Coins and Learning to Read (4:02)
• 13. "Destiny"... "Canneloni"... and the Tale of Viktor Navorski Reprise (5:05)
• 14. A Happy Navorski Ending (2:47)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a note about the score and film from Spielberg, as well as a list of performers.
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