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The War
(1994)
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Thomas Pasatieri

Co-Produced by:
Bill Bernstein
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
MCA Records
(November 15th, 1994)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you love the soulful vocal contributions to Thomas Newman's symphonic lyricism in Fried Green Tomatoes and desire a somber, more beautiful variation of that sound in the highlights of this score.

Avoid it... if Newman's experimental side often alienates you, because his use of striking specialty elements in the bass region for the dirty setting of America's Deep South here will be challenging to digest.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,767
WRITTEN 2/10/12
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The War: (Thomas Newman) There was much to praise about the topic of interpersonal conflict in Jon Avnet's 1994 movie, The War, especially in its portrayal of bullying between children. Its story of inner-demons and neighborly battles is set in 1970's Mississippi, where two families and a group of children fight over the construction and custody of a tree house. Leading one of the families is Kevin Costner as a defeated Vietnam War veteran, whose position on the bullying of his children by the neighboring family is awkwardly peaceful, avoiding confrontation whenever possible due his troubling experiences in the war. His struggles to find employment and redeem himself for inactions in conflict are countered by the optimism of his children, who ultimately prevail in morally defeating their junk yard-worthy opponents. The movie's bittersweet ending doesn't make The War an easy film to watch (and in part led to the production's financial loss), but the performance of a young Elijah Wood as the lead of the children was universally applauded. One of the film's more interesting elements is its original score by Thomas Newman, which was forced to contend with several notable placements of 1970's songs in the picture. The project represented the second of Newman's four collaborative efforts with Avnet in the 1990's, the partnership ending thereafter. They had completed Fried Green Tomatoes a few years earlier, a likeable movie that yielded a very spirited score from Newman that is best remembered for its remarkable saturation with the tone of America's Deep South. The setting in The War is the same but the personality of the movie is a touch darker, forcing the composer to take some of the familiar elements from his prior success and adapt them into a more solemn but equally uplifting variation. Newman had proven himself very capable of writing convincing music for the Deep South in his early 1990's scores, the style lending itself well to the composer's continuing development of unusual instrumental colors despite rising to fame mostly because of his symphonic efforts. A variety of interesting tones are applied to The War, including much harsher representations of the region than heard in Fried Green Tomatoes, but the re-emergence of soulful female vocals together with the orchestra is what steals the show once again. The resulting work has highlights that will make it a higher priority for listeners than Up Close & Personal and Red Corner later in the collaboration.



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Average: 2.75 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 63:01
• 1. Peace Train - performed by Cat Stevens (4:09)
• 2. Think - performed by Aretha Franklin (2:17)
• 3. Summertime from "Porgy and Bess" - performed by Janis Joplin (3:59)
• 4. Lovin' Spoonful - performed by Lovin' Spoonful (2:22)
• 5. Sunny - performed by Bobby Hebb (2:42)
• 6. Spirit in the Sky - performed by Norman Greenbaum (4:01)
• 7. Follow - performed by Richie Havens (6:22)
• 8. Up on Cripple Creek - performed by The Band (4:31)
• 9. Someday We'll Be Together - performed by Diana Ross & The Supremes (3:32)
• 10. Juliette (3:11)
• 11. Trolley (2:04)
• 12. The War (Main Title) (1:14)
• 13. Hornets (0:52)
• 14. Resuscitation (1:34)
• 15. Gone Again (2:41)
• 16. Life Be a Bowlful (1:28)
• 17. 2nd Vietnam (6:13)
• 18. Junkyard Billy (1:09)
• 19. Dare (2:31)
• 20. Hospital (2:34)
• 21. Angel Pen (3:35)
(29:06 of score material)

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