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The Whole Nine Yards
(2000)
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Varèse Sarabande
(February 29th, 2000)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you absolutely adored the comedic, mock thriller and jazz underscore in the film itself.

Avoid it... if you're typically bothered by Randy Edelman's tendency to nearly ruin a score by relying on his low-budget synthetics rather than an enthusiastic, live performing ensemble.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #646
WRITTEN 3/12/00, REVISED 7/20/08
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The Whole Nine Yards: (Randy Edelman) At least screenwriter Mitchell Kapner and director Jonathan Lynn tried something new, even if it didn't entirely work. In attempting to insert comedy into a noir thriller with a hitman at the center of it, the filmmakers failed to keep The Whole Nine Yards from sliding down the slippery slope into the realm of dumb parody. The fact that stupidity was not the intended effect is the primary reason for the film's failure (though while critics blasted it, American audiences loved it), and any hopes that a serious thriller could result from the script were blasted away by a badly assigned cast. That is, of course, except for Bruce Willis, whose charming but slightly sinister persona carried the film by itself. The director had collaborated with composer Randy Edelman in the past, and The Whole Nine Yards fits the familiar mould of music that Edelman usually provides for these projects (and My Cousin Vinny most specifically). One could consider it the least enjoyable part of Edelman's career, for it rarely transcends the ridiculous cliches of parody with any kind of truly intelligent or divergent twist. In many ways, The Whole Nine Yards is a bit different, because Willis' involvement causes the score to adapt to him personally. What Edelman has written is ironically an adept match for Willis' personality. If you ever had the privilege of witnessing Willis perform at one of his Planet Hollywood restaurants, then you could suffer deja vu when listening to the score for The Whole Nine Yards. Randy Edelman's primary theme of snazzy jazz for the score represents the character of Jimmy the Tulip, and therefore Willis, in remarkably accurate fashion. Some of that identity is lost in the film because of the extensive use of source songs, many of which appear on the soundtrack album. But make no mistake about it; while the music is distinctively appropriate for the character of the film, it is largely unlistenable on album, for several reasons. The fact that it's an incredibly dumb score, likely an intentional move by Edelman, is only the start of the problems.



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Average: 2.59 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 56:46
• 1. Jimmy the Tulip (1:15)
• 2. I Don't Worry About a Thing - performed by Mose Allison (2:19)
• 3. A New Neighbor (1:24)
• 4. Moanin' - performed by Charles Mingus (8:01)
• 5. Did You Say Divorce? (1:06)
• 6. Tenth Avenue Tango - performed by Bruce Willis (4:05)
• 7. The Gogolak Mansion (1:12)
• 8. Every Time I Hear that Mellow Saxophone - performed by The Up Top Orchestra (2:02)
• 9. Cynthia with a "C" (1:03)
• 10. Autumn Leaves (Les Feuilles Mortes) - performed by Charlie Biddle Trio/Stephanie Biddle (3:48)
• 11. Yanni on a String (1:10)
• 12. Frankie Figs (1:46)
• 13. The Gang Arrives in Montreal (1:45)
• 14. A Swingin' Barbeque (1:24)
• 15. Oz Gets a Surprise (1:59)
• 16. Say I Do (1:26)
• 17. I Think We'll Be Fine (1:16)
• 18. Phone Tag (1:59)
• 19. Frantic (1:57)
• 20. Sensuous Lady (1:56)
• 21. Scheming on the Boat (1:21)
• 22. Taking a Stand (1:10)
• 23. Discovering the Evidence (1:08)
• 24. The Games' Afoot (1:52)
• 25. Sophie Cons Jimmy (0:54)
• 26. The Scientific Method (1:57)
• 27. The Tulip Reprise (1:41)
• 28. They All Laughed - performed by Charlie Biddle Trio/Stephanie Biddle (3:34)

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