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Thirteen Days
(2000)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Geoffrey Alexander

Co-Orchestrated by:
Julian Kershaw

Performed by:
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
New Line Records
(December 15th, 2000)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are prepared to appreciate an ambitious score that balances the nobility of leadership with the turbulence of fear in an orchestrally difficult, but impressive package.

Avoid it... if you expect nothing less than an overwhelmingly memorable theme to come from your large-scale Trevor Jones scores.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #324
WRITTEN 1/10/01, REVISED 11/11/07
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Thirteen Days: (Trevor Jones) The best historical/political thrillers typically involve mostly fiction, but director Roger Donaldson wanted his analysis of the Cuban Missile Crisis in Thirteen Days to be as factually true as possible. After conducting extensive background work on all the known details of the interactions between President John F. Kennedy and his inner circle during the events of October 1962, Donaldson only made small variations in character roles, mostly to allow presidential advisor Kenny O'Donnell (and thus, Kevin Costner) a more pronounced presence. Despite the difficulty of maintaining tension in a story this kind --in which all educated audience members already know the outcome-- Thirteen Days for the most part succeeds. Outside of Costner's questionable performance, every other element of the film was praised by critics and audiences. The film fared relatively well in awards nominations, but quickly lost steam thereafter and has become relatively obscure since. Aside from The Last of the Mohicans, Thirteen Days represented the best chance composer Trevor Jones had, at the time, for an Oscar nomination. A composer and instructor of great talents, Jones was considered at the time to be an artist on the brink of bursting through into the elite of the film music hierarchy. His music is almost always engaging, with a flair for dramatic themes and a well balanced blend of orchestral and electronic styles. While his scores are consistently strong, the majority of them have been written for films that did not succeed as well in the box office as many had hoped, with the only major exception being The Last of the Mohicans. Ironically, his most notorious work of the 1990's had been his scores for television films and series (such as Merlin and Cleopatra). To be involved with Thirteen Days, an enormous and potentially blockbuster mainstream film, was an enticing offer for Jones. He had not worked previously with director Roger Donaldson, however the pairing was a success before the score was even finished.



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good review...
A dissenting voice - September 30, 2008, at 1:57 p.m.
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Thirteen Days film & score
Dimitris Spiropoulos - August 16, 2001, at 9:53 a.m.
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The best of Jones   Expand >>
Dave - January 15, 2001, at 10:41 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 69:45
• 1. Lessons of History (7:53)
• 2. The Knot of War (7:21)
• 3. Missile Threat (4:31)
• 4. Prayer for Peace (3:18)
• 5. Our Rules of Engagement (5:45)
• 6. There Can Be No Deals (7:12)
• 7. Eve of Eternity (4:54)
• 8. One Life Left (7:13)
• 9. Us and the Devil (6:32)
• 10. Death of Major Anderson (4:26)
• 11. The Sun Came Up Today (5:38)
• 12. The Will of Good Men (4:56)

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