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Used People
(1992)
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Composed, Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Conducted by:
David Snell
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Big Screen Records
(December 8th, 1992)
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Regular U.S. release, but completely out of print.
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Buy it... if you seek a safe, though unspectacular score that remains very reminiscent of Rachel Portman's light drama and comedy works of the 1990's.

Avoid it... if you have clearly established your impatience with Portman's trademark formulas of the era.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,366
WRITTEN 7/21/98, REVISED 8/28/08
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Used People: (Rachel Portman) A tear-jerking drama set in the late 1960's, Used People features the story of a widow being romanced by a man who would have been her suitor earlier in life if not for ethnic differences. The lovable, sensible tale featured a star-studded cast (with no less than four Academy Award-winning actresses) and placed them under the elegant lights of New York City. This setting offered the opportunity for the music of the film to reflect both the jazzy ambience of the big city in a more innocent time, as well as the romantic instrumentation associated with any plotline to emerge from of the genre. The ethnic differences also required an inherent touch of flair in the music, being, after all, that Italians in New York are often loud and outrageous in their most affable character traits. A certain amount of youthful, vigorous energy also inhabits the film and score, extending the idea that people are never too old to woo one another and have a good time. Before bursting into mainstream American attention with The Joy Luck Club in 1993, Rachel Portman had already established herself as rising star in the composing industry. By the time she continued her collaboration with director Beeban Kidron for a third time with Used People, Portman had already received numerous award nominations and wins in Europe, including an encouraging award out of the U.K. announcing her as the best new composer of the 1980's. Portman's partnership with Kidron would continue after Used People, but this 1992 score marked one of Portman's first large-scale projects for which recognition of her name would be established in America. Critics of Portman's consistent mannerisms of the 1990's state that the composer is simply a one-dimensional artist, capable of only producing one style of sound. If you accept that as true, and you'd have quite a few angry Portman fans debating that point, then Used People is a refreshing glimpse of that style before it was well known and rehashed in several subsequent pictures.



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Average: 2.93 Stars
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Total Time: 42:59
• 1. Main Title (2:37)
• 2. Walk and Talk (First Kiss) (4:03)
• 3. The Third Rail (1:52)
• 4. Man on the Moon (1:31)
• 5. The Dinner (1:58)
• 6. Lucky Horseshoe (Pearl Says Yes) (5:43)
• 7. Bibby Leaves (1:28)
• 8. Out and About (1:28)
• 9. The Sky Fell Down - performed by Frank Sinatra (3:11)
• 10. Three on a Bench (Swee' Pea on the Roof) (4:50)
• 11. The Shiva (1:57)
• 12. Let me Cook You Dinner (Deepdale) (3:39)
• 13. The Grave (2:51)
• 14. It Happened to Me Too (1:51)
• 15. Kiss the Bride (1:23)
• 16. End Titles (2:34)

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The insert contains biographical information about Portman and the director of the film.
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