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 Posted:   Jun 15, 2023 - 6:11 PM   
 By:   Mike Esssss   (Member)

I couldn't find a dedicated thread for this score, but it certainly deserves one. Listening now as I work and it's such a gorgeous balancing act, delicately teetering between epic and intimate like a chamber piece with grand ambitions. Interesting that Howard scored this and THE SIXTH SENSE in the same year, when this sounds like a precusor to his work on THE VILLAGE. Shawn Murphy's ace recording really adds a lot to the overall effect, with an airy reverb unusual for Howard's scores that gives it a kind of glow.

I haven't listened to this score in ages but I'm really blown away.

 
 Posted:   Jun 15, 2023 - 6:48 PM   
 By:   nuts_score   (Member)

Great score!

 
 Posted:   Jun 15, 2023 - 8:23 PM   
 By:   Hadrian   (Member)

Amazing score. “Tarawa” is one of my all time favorite Howard cues….truly epic!

 
 Posted:   Jun 15, 2023 - 8:36 PM   
 By:   BTTFFan   (Member)

One of my favorite JNHs

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 15, 2023 - 9:44 PM   
 By:   ChuckNoland   (Member)

Agreed. It was JNH at the peak of his powers. Really shows his range. Possibly his most underrated score. IMHO

 
 Posted:   Jun 15, 2023 - 9:57 PM   
 By:   Frank Vincent   (Member)

Amazing score. “Tarawa” is one of my all time favorite Howard cues….truly epic!

Amazing score indeed. "Tarawa" was performed at James Newton Howard's 3 Decades of Music for Hollywood concert which I went to in Amsterdam and it was one of the highlights of the evening.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2023 - 1:12 AM   
 By:   Hurdy Gurdy   (Member)

Yep!
I love it too, from the intimate, to the epic.
JNH at the top of his game.
He was ON FIRE during the 90s and 2000s.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2023 - 1:15 AM   
 By:   Prince Damian   (Member)

I remember when we all watched this- none of us realised Hawke had one arm. Until the obvious moment!

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2023 - 1:29 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I'm fairly certain there are previous threads on this score (I think I did one years ago), but like you had trouble finding them.

Either way, fantastic score. Top 3 JNH for me.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2023 - 6:18 AM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

Yeah there must be a thread or two around. I remember talking about the score’s sensual, seductive quality.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2023 - 7:35 AM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

This was the score I played over and over after 9/11.
Over and over…

 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2023 - 7:40 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

Love JNH but don’t think I’ve heard this score.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2023 - 7:51 AM   
 By:   Prince Damian   (Member)

Love JNH but don’t think I’ve heard this score.

Worth a go , Sol, some fin e stuff in there . As mentioned Tarawa is fkn awesome.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2023 - 8:09 AM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

And see the film to get the full benefit.

 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2023 - 9:42 AM   
 By:   Mike Esssss   (Member)

"Tarawa" is justifiably famous but the album has quite a few highlights.

Check out "The Evacuation" (particularly the middle third):

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2023 - 1:34 PM   
 By:   ryankeaveney   (Member)

"Snow Drive" and the last two tracks ("Can I Hold You Now?" and "End Titles") are the highlights for me. "Tarawa" is big and showy, but the intimate parts are such brilliant examples of JNH at the height of his powers in the late 90s/early 00s.

 
 Posted:   Jun 19, 2023 - 8:08 AM   
 By:   TominAtl   (Member)

This is one of his best, by far. Absolutely gorgeous ethereal beauty.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2023 - 5:22 AM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

”Snow Drive" and the last two tracks ("Can I Hold You Now?" and "End Titles") are the highlights for me. "Tarawa" is big and showy, but the intimate parts are such brilliant examples of JNH at the height of his powers in the late 90s/early 00s.

Amen.
Took my own advice and just gave the film a full re-watch. There is such a dreamy quality what with all the flashbacks and stream of consciousness moments. And each time I see it I pick up things that may have gone unnoticed previously. So much to be moved by and wonderfully enhanced by JNH’s approach. This production and The Year Of Living Dangerously forever remain distinctive sensual delights and their scores have much to do with it.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2023 - 6:58 AM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

And the book’s really good, too…

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2023 - 1:22 PM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

Gotcha. And interesting that you should mention the soundtrack in conjunction with 9/11. Mine was "Gifts of Nature" fom Barry's The Beyondness Of Things. Even told this to the composer and to this day it remains a personal all-purpose anthem to underscore tragic events. It certainly has elements similar to JNH's score.

 
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