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 Posted:   Jul 19, 2011 - 6:20 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Enjoy a sampling of Alex North's WILLARD Score including his Main and End Titles.

Would love to see this released.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9cNK28eHWk

 
 Posted:   Jul 19, 2011 - 6:25 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

Thus began North's peculiar reduction in status and demand. I never could figure that out- he was hotter than hell for two decades then, phhh- forgotten.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 19, 2011 - 6:34 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

To Zooba- WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL WONDERFUL, i always loved the music from that movie when i was young always looked for the lp in so many stores , but as we all know, back then finding all the great music scores on Lp's was often a futile attempt, we all know it's sequel Ben, had a top ten song sung by Michael Jackson, music by Walter Scharf, but the irony the lp was very rare and that was a hard find too. but you know i always felt that the main theme from North, did sound a little[just a little like Richard Rogers, Nothing comes from nothing, which was not in the original broadway show but was in the film version.I hope someone will put that score Willard -71- on CD some day.

 
 Posted:   Jul 19, 2011 - 6:48 PM   
 By:   Jeff Bond   (Member)

This score sounds fantastic--I haven't seen the movie in years but I remember it having a number of tremendous moments for the score. I wonder if the tapes are around...

 
 Posted:   Jul 19, 2011 - 7:29 PM   
 By:   Wedge   (Member)

North was a master composer, no question ... but his music for WILLARD never struck me as entirely appropriate for the film. (I have the same beef with DRAGONSLAYER.)

As pure music, however, it's certainly worthy of a release! (First North, then Shirley Walker ... what is it about this title that defies soundtrack releases?)

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 19, 2011 - 8:54 PM   
 By:   mrchriswell   (Member)

I love North's score but the picture literally screams Herrmann. Wonder if he was considered.

It's actually a very good movie (Ben is swill) with great performances from Davidson, Lanchester and classic Borgnine.

"Who the hell is Socrates?!"

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 19, 2011 - 9:02 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

I love North's score but the picture literally screams Herrmann. Wonder if he was considered.

It's actually a very good movie (Ben is swill) with great performances from Davidson, Lanchester and classic Borgnine.

"Who the hell is Socrates?!"


Socrates was a fellow Rat friend of Ben's. I think Willard found and named Socrates first before he found and named Ben in the film.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 19, 2011 - 9:44 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Also we had Sondra Locke, future wife of MR Eastwood, playing the girl who wanted Willard, i think the turning point for many people in the audience, even those who hate rats was when Borginine kills Socrates with a stick.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 19, 2011 - 10:25 PM   
 By:   mrchriswell   (Member)

I love North's score but the picture literally screams Herrmann. Wonder if he was considered.

It's actually a very good movie (Ben is swill) with great performances from Davidson, Lanchester and classic Borgnine.

"Who the hell is Socrates?!"


Socrates was a fellow Rat friend of Ben's. I think Willard found and named Socrates first before he found and named Ben in the film.


I was quoting Borgnine before he's dispatched. The line always makes me laugh.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 19, 2011 - 10:52 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

A June 1971 Variety article reported that distributor Cinerama Releasing was initially uncertain about how much to emphasize the rats when advertising Willard. According to the Variety article, the advertising firm of Diener, Hauser, Greenthal organized two ad campaigns, both with the tagline “the one movie you should not see alone.” One campaign featured the rats while the other did not. Two test screenings were held in Pennsylvania on 26 February 1971, and the screening using the advertising with the rats grossed higher than the one that did not, so Cinerama Releasing decided to emphasize the rats in its exploitation campaign. Consequently, the picture’s highly popular posters featured either a single shot of Ben or a shot of Ben sitting on “Willard’s” shoulder, and the posters have since become a cult collector’s item. "Willard" became one of the biggest box-office hits of 1971, with grosses well over twelve million dollars in the first four months of its release.


 
 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2011 - 12:24 AM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Here are 2 WILLARD Radio Spot Promo Ads using the Campaign that Bob is talking about.

Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iezL5c6x1E

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2011 - 12:41 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

The memories, the memories, radio ads, rated GP before they switch it to pg, today it would get a r, for violence, nearly all horror films with violence gets the r since the 80's, back in the late 60's and early 70's it was different.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2011 - 1:03 AM   
 By:   Angelillo   (Member)

Also we had Sondra Locke, future wife of MR Eastwood, playing the girl who wanted Willard,

Funny since she directed the 1986 movie Ratboy !

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2011 - 1:46 AM   
 By:   quiller007   (Member)



Forget the score!(not really)... Where the heck is the movie?
Why isn't this classic on dvd? All that's available is that crappy
Crispin Glover remake. frown

Den

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2011 - 2:34 AM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

HERE'S the Actual Movie up on youtube.

You can see how Alex North's Score goes with it.

Enjoy!

Part 1 here. (more at youtube)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZWUW5rz-ZI

 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2011 - 9:38 AM   
 By:   SBD   (Member)

Forget the score!(not really)... Where the heck is the movie?
Why isn't this classic on dvd? All that's available is that crappy
Crispin Glover remake. frown

Den


"Crappy Crispin Glover remake"?!

Not okay. If anything, it's one of the better remakes to come out in the last decade: well-acted, beautifully shot and with a killer Shirley Walker score.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2011 - 9:53 AM   
 By:   mrchriswell   (Member)

Forget the score!(not really)... Where the heck is the movie?
Why isn't this classic on dvd? All that's available is that crappy
Crispin Glover remake. frown

Den


"Crappy Crispin Glover remake"?!

Not okay. If anything, it's one of the better remakes to come out in the last decade: well-acted, beautifully shot and with a killer Shirley Walker score.


The remake is pretty good, but Glover is too creepy right out of the gate. Bruce Davison (like Tony Perkins before him in Psycho) is just shy enough from normal that you root for him to get the girl and work things out. His fall is more tragic.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2011 - 10:20 AM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

I found Davison's portrayal quite sympathetic and nice. He had these little almost twitches going on. Of course he'd be a little messed up, living with his whacko., needy. sickly mother Elsa Lancaster in that gaudy big house. I think the actor's portrayal was quite good. At times I thought I was watching the young 80's Rat Packer (no pun intended) Andrew McCarthy with all his wild eye expressions and quirky acting style coming through in Davison. A young Roddy Mcdowall would have ate that role up to be sure.

North's music, especially the material played for the scenes with his mother was sad and poignant and almost heartbreaking at times. North's score is wonderful in all it's moodiness and his playful theme for the Rats and their scurrying is very nice. Sounds like pure North and you can hear echoes of some of his music in SHANKS, THE BAD SEED and even his 2001 Score.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-R1JDx6PJ4&feature=related

I really enjoy the movie and even more so, this score.

I'd be pleased if it was released by one of our great Soundtrack teams.

There's so much North out there that's very deserving of release.

THE PENITENT, THE PASSOVER PLOT, SHANKS, THE WORD, PRIZZI'S HONOR, WISE BLOOD and more.

What are your thoughts on the movie WILLARD and Alex North's score?

Zoob

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2011 - 11:37 AM   
 By:   quiller007   (Member)



So I guess nobody knows why WILLARD is not on dvd,
or if it ever is going to be on dvd? I see Amazon has one of those
"sign up to be notified" when it does become available, but that's
been on there for years.

Den

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2011 - 11:46 AM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

So I guess nobody knows why WILLARD is not on dvd,
or if it ever is going to be on dvd? I see Amazon has one of those
"sign up to be notified" when it does become available, but that's
been on there for years.

Den



Don't know why either.

Just on VHS.

http://www.amazon.com/Willard-VHS-Bruce-Davison/dp/6303425585/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1311187497&sr=8-1

I got a copy years ago for $1.00 in a bargain bin.

Be great to have a Special Edition DVD of it with commentary by Bruce Davison and Ernie Borgnine, making of documentary and of course a Isolated Score Track of North's music.

Is that axing too much? Ha Ha. Asking.

 
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