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Unlikely Heroes
(2003)
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
Tom Null

Performed by:
The Philharmonia Orchestra of London
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Citadel Records
(December, 2004)
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Limited U.S. release, only circulated through soundtrack specialty outlets and on the secondary market.
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Buy it... if you are a casual collector of Lee Holdridge's typically superior dramatic work and desire a continuation of his lyrical mastery for a challenging topic.

Avoid it... if the restrained and respectful style of Holdridge's library of music for films pertaining to the Holocaust has never sustained your interest beyond the composer's often attractive title themes.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,350
WRITTEN 4/1/05, REVISED 10/24/11
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Unlikely Heroes: (Lee Holdridge) The Moriah Film division of the Simon Wiesenthal Center produced a series of highly respected documentaries about the Holocaust starting in the 1990's, and Unlikely Heroes was their 2003 entry into the efforts of those in Hungary and elsewhere to save Jewish lives during World War II. It follows half a dozen similar films from their studios, the best known of which is probably The Long Way Home, which won an Academy Award in the documentary field in 1997. Directed by Richard Trank and narrated by Sir Ben Kingsley (these films always feature star power behind the microphone), Unlikely Heroes was somewhat of a surprise for the director, who had honestly believed that the series had already exhausted all of its storylines of significant interest. But with this 2003 picture came stories of Jewish resistance rather than depressing Jewish victimization, and continued positive reviews ensued as a result. Joining the endeavors of Simon Wiesenthal Center once again (and his third collaboration with Trank specifically) was composer Lee Holdridge. One of the most underrated careers in composing for television and film in the digital era is that of Holdridge, who, despite rarely receiving the recognition deserved for his mass of work for television, continuously produced outstanding music while flying under the radar throughout the 2000's. You won't have heard Holdridge music on the big screens at your local cineplex anytime during that decade, but you'll likely have caught a snippet of it while searching past the biographies and documentaries that many lazy viewers skip over when surfing the tube. His output for television is outstanding given the usual standard of quality that he often provides for films that don't always deserve such music. By the middle of the 2000's, it was amazing to contemplate what muck he was assigned to for the small screen. One such entry was 10.5, a mini-series in which a massive earthquake drops much of the West Coast of America into the ocean, never a really bad idea according to many in the rest of the country. Another was See Arnold Run, an intriguing bio-picture following two eras in Arnold Schwarzenegger's life (and viewers were privileged enough to see Jurgen Prochnow and Mariel Hemingway do their best Arnold and Maria imitations; both were upstaged by Roland Kickinger as the younger Schwarzenegger). During that time, however, and extending back into the 1990's, Holdridge became associated with these high-quality documentary and television films about the Holocaust.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 71:21
• 1. Main Title (2:16)

Willy Perl - The Lawyer:
• 2. Where Shall I Go? (0:56)
• 3. Arrested (1:34)
• 4. The Scheme/Train Station (2:27)
• 5. Country to Country/Forty-Two Thousand (3:32)

Robert Clary - The Entertainer:
• 6. Angry Crowd (1:00)
• 7. The Letter (2:32)
• 8. Medley: "Yossel, Yossel" - "Bei Mir Bist du Schon" (2:13)

Recha Sternbuch - The Rabbi's Daughter:
• 9. A Quiet Life (1:08)
• 10. Tense Moments (1:26)
• 11. An Honorable Woman (2:29)

Friedl Dicker Brandeis - The Artist:
• 12. Friedl (2:19)
• 13. She Was Different (1:24)
• 14. She Made Us Forget (2:16)
• 15. Somebody Very Important (2:41)

Leon Kahn - The Partisan:
• 16. Night Fell (2:20)
• 17. A Picture of a Partisan (3:08)

Anna Heilman - The Sisters:
• 18. "My Warsaw" ("Mayn Shtetele Belz") (1:24)
• 19. Lost Words (1:44)

Pinchas Rosenbaum - The Master of Disguise:
• 20. Budapest (1:23)
• 21. Kisvarda (1:14)
• 22. Many Disguises (1:38)
• 23. The Glass House (1:28)

• 24. Finale (7:46)

Traditional Hassidic Pieces:
• 25. Zemirot 06* (5:12)
• 26. Zemirot 24* (4:16)
• 27. Zemirot 67* (4:37)
• 28. Lullaby - "S'Dreymin Feygl" ("Birds are Dozing")** (4:44)
* performed by The Burning Bush/arranged by Roderick Skeaping
** performed by Lucie Skeaping

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes information from both Lee Holdridge and Richard Trank about the score and film.
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