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Tropic Thunder
(2008)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:
Theodore Shapiro

Co-Orchestrated and Conduced by:
Pete Anthony

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jon Kull
John Ashton Thomas
Bruce Babcock
Jim Honeyman

Co-Produced by:
Ben Stiller
George Drakoulias
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Lakeshore Records
(August 5th, 2008)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you want the rush of an explosive action parody score, one that touches briefly and haphazardly upon so many stereotypes in film music that it'll make your muscles spasm and head spin.

Avoid it... if you value continuity or originality, because both are practically nonexistent by necessity in Theodore Shapiro's otherwise effectively wild music.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,816
WRITTEN 12/8/10
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Tropic Thunder: (Theodore Shapiro) Can you measure the success of a comedy movie based upon the number of advocacy groups that come together at the premiere to protest its insensitivity towards disadvantaged segments of the population? If so, then Ben Stiller's Tropic Thunder has to be considered a smash hit. Groups representing African Americans and those with physical and mental disabilities were horrified by the 2008 film and its unique marketing blitz. The concept was nurtured by Stiller for decades, and he would eventually write, direct, produce, and star in the film (to varying degrees in each case). It pokes fun at the Hollywood production process of major blockbuster action films, often with ridiculous parody logic and elements of the filmmaking process blown out of proportion. Stiller, Jack Black, and Robert Downey, Jr. are among those playing the stereotypes of modern action stars, and when they are collected to film the largest Vietnam War adventure film of all time, the unruly actors cause headaches and even death for their crewmates. They get dropped into an area of Vietnam for the covert filming of various scenes and inadvertently find themselves in the middle of warlord/drug territory and have to act their way through the remainder of their shoot and save their own lives in the process. The film was immensely expensive to make, but a shrewd marketing campaign by the studio included fake websites for the characters in the "film within a film" and even an energy drink produced by Paramount for consumption by the public. The humor of Tropic Thunder was solid enough to earn the film positive reviews and, after more time than expected, a profit. It was also recognized by the most prestigious awards bodies worldwide for Downey, Jr.'s controversial performance as a black man. The soundtrack features a balance of famous songs of yesteryear and an original score by Theodore Shapiro, both of which contributing to the acclaim of the film. Shapiro has made an entire career out of writing music for ridiculous comedies, a surefire way to pay the bills but never really allowing the composer to develop his own voice in practically any of his assignments. His career has been paralleled by James L. Venable, Christopher Lennertz, and a host of others who are experienced enough to emulate the sounds of others but for whom it's difficult to get a distinct career impression. The trick to good parody scores, however, is to treat the topic with utter seriousness, in the case of Lennertz, in particular, leading to satisfying listening experiences. Shapiro's music often has a more difficult time crossing over to album, and that tendency remains in Tropic Thunder.



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Average: 2.96 Stars
***** 19 5 Stars
**** 26 4 Stars
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* 24 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 40:01
• 1. You're My Brother (2:59)
• 2. Four Leaf's Plan (2:39)
• 3. Lead Farmer (3:56)
• 4. Enter the Dragons (0:59)
• 5. Bad Feeling About This (0:53)
• 6. Flaming Dragons (2:32)
• 7. Panda Attack (1:17)
• 8. Panda Call (0:47)
• 9. The Golden Triangle (2:52)
• 10. A Night at the Theater (0:48)
• 11. Don't Judge Me (3:27)
• 12. Portnow's Plan (0:36)
• 13. The Wet Offensive (1:52)
• 14. Shadow Me, Pinocchio (0:50)
• 15. Flamethrower (1:46)
• 16. Breakdown Under (2:02)
• 17. Truck Escape (1:01)
• 18. Blow the Bridge (2:21)
• 19. Real Tears (3:19)
• 20. Simple Jack Trailer (1:15)
• 21. Satan's Alley (0:53)
• 22. Cue Bill Conti (1:06)

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