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Throw Momma From the Train
(1987)
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Composed, Orchestrated, and Conducted by:

Produced by:
Douglass Fake
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Intrada Records
(September 17th, 2007)
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Limited release of 1,500 copies, available only through soundtrack specialty outlets. Although the product sold out, it remained available for its initial $20 price (or less) on the secondary market for years.
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Buy it... if you were specifically impressed by David Newman's entertainingly quirky manipulation of Bernard Herrmann's suspense mode in the context of the film.

Avoid it... if a wild collection of sound effects (led by slide whistle), skittish woodwinds, mysterious harp and piano figures, and constant Herrmann borrowings in undulating strings on album could possibly make you contemplate killing someone.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,841
WRITTEN 1/26/12
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Throw Momma From the Train: (David Newman) The night was sultry. In one of the two lead roles in the 1987 black comedy Throw Momma From the Train, Billy Crystal plays a writer struggling to complete that first sentence of his novel. While teaching a writing class, he meets a hopelessly repressed Danny DeVito, and through a set of unlikely circumstances, they follow the guidelines of Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train on the path to murdering an undesirable person in the other man's life. In the case of Crystal's writer, the target of disdain is his ex-wife, who supposedly stole one of his stories and became rich off of it. On the other hand, DeVito's character lives with his insufferable mother who berates him constantly and with colorful language. While Crystal originally has no intent to murder the old woman, DeVito actually follows through on his murderous intentions, putting the seemingly more sane man in the positive of reciprocating the favor. After living with his student and her mother, the writer decides that the latter is a work of evil and begins to himself dream of executing the crime for real. With top talent spread throughout the production, Throw Momma From the Train was a financial success that led to several lucrative careers for those involved. Two specific contributors excelled particularly well in the film, the first being Barry Sonnenfeld, whose cinematography yields some outstandingly creative shots that truly accentuate the concept's connections to Hitchcock. And then there was Anne Ramsey in the role of the mother, delivering a performance so wickedly entertaining that she earned an Oscar nomination for her efforts. Several of her incredibly rude, barked lines, culminating in "Get away from me, you horse's ass!" to Crystal, have become pop culture favorites. These sequences may only amount to ten minutes in the film, but they overshadow the clever script and wild camera work to represent Throw Momma From the Train in the collective memory. The film marked the first major studio assignment for David Newman, too, and the composer initially had difficulty striking the right balance of comedy and suspense in the quasi-parody score. There was clearly an intention to emulate the style of Bernard Herrmann's music for several Hitchcock projects, and Newman effectively lightens that memorable sound to such an appropriate balance of sinister dread and perky laughs that he launched himself into a career in this genre that would include dozens of comedy projects over the subsequent decades.



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80 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.8 Stars
***** 8 5 Stars
**** 15 4 Stars
*** 24 3 Stars
** 19 2 Stars
* 14 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 35:33
• 1. Main Title/Owen's Story (4:50)
• 2. Lye/Laundromat (1:44)
• 3. Fuggit/Just Like You Told Him/The Phone Call (3:30)
• 4. Scissors (0:44)
• 5. Swap Murders/There's a Murderer in the House (1:00)
• 6. I'm Buying a Gun, Owen/Margret's House (1:35)
• 7. The Rock/Margret Drives Off/Larry Calms Owen Down (1:41)
• 8. I'm a Fugitive/Margret Overboard (2:30)
• 9. Drive By and Answer Machine/You're Grounded/Toward the Closet/Momma Snores/In the Pantry (4:53)
• 10. Coin Collection/The Ledge/Car Chase (4:16)
• 11. Owen Finds Dead Larry (1:27)
• 12. Choo-Choo Interruptus/The Train (3:27)
• 13. Larry Writes/The Dream (1:51)
• 14. Owen's Book & Finale (1:36)

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The insert includes extensive information about the score and film.
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