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Thomas Newman
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Filmtracks Statistics:
Average Filmtracks Rating: 3.16
Average Viewer Rating: 3.11
Number of Reviews: 32
Number of Votes: 55,459
Number of Comments: 527
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#28. American Beauty
#39. Finding Nemo
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Angels in America (TV)
Fried Green Tomatoes
Decorative Nonsense
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Thomas Newman in 2003

"In the end, it's in everyone's best interest for it to be done right. While there may be a schedule looming, there's also everyone's arrogant sense of excellence. Sometimes, though, you just have to swallow hard and do the work. Those are the moments when you face huge kinds of primal fears. But the good thing about movie music is that oftentimes you defeat those fears and it teaches you something basic about your nature."
- Thomas Newman in 1998

The youngest son of legendary Fox composer Alfred Newman, Thomas Montgomery Newman (whose nickname is Tommy) was born in Los Angeles on October 20, 1955. He grew up not only in the shadow of his father, but also uncles Lionel and Emil. Lionel, who succeeded Alfred as music director for Fox, gave Thomas his first scoring assignment (on a 1979 episode of television's The Paper Chase). Emil, best known as a conductor at Fox and Goldwyn Studios, was responsible for the young composer's entry into the BMI representative agency. Cousin Randy Newman, meanwhile, was already a popular singer/songwriter (and also now a Grammy and Oscar-winning film composer), while brother David was a studio violinist who also joined the ranks of film composers in the 1980's and has had a prolific career of his own.

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FILMOGRAPHY & REVIEWS AT FILMTRACKS
(see legend below for abbreviations and codes)
 TitleFR VRVTCT RD TRDates Notes
2016:
Finding Dory***2.931404||1,53606/16
2015:
Spectre (AW)**2.692697|||1,46901/16
Bridge of Spies (AW)****3.421632||1,51912/15
He Named Me Malala
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel**
2014:
The Judge
Get on Up
2013:
Saving Mr. Banks (AW)****3.412035||1,14001/14multiple albums
Side Effects
2012:
Skyfall (AW)***2.7776919||||55611/12
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel****3.231592||1,40306/12
2011:
The Iron Lady***2.881371||1,59512/11
The Help****3.152491||1,45709/11
The Adjustment Bureau**2.601471||1,57404/11
2010:
The Debt
2009:
Brothers
2008:
Revolutionary Road
WALL·E (co-wrote) (AW)***3.1894318||45806/08
2007:
Nothing is Private
2006:
The Good German (AW)***3.375290||1,12402/07
Little Children
2005:
Jarhead***2.373342|90912/05
Cinderella Man****3.4067412||35705/05 - 10/11
2004:
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (AW)****3.391,57217|||39912/04 - 10/11
2003:
Angels in America (TV) (AW)*****4.3184411||44501/04 - 03/09
Finding Nemo (AW)****3.9311,87898|||3905/03 - 03/09
2002:
White Oleander**2.541806||1,04509/03 - 02/09
Road to Perdition (AW)****3.614,07846||12406/02 - 02/09
The Execution of Wanda Jean (co-wrote)
The Salton Sea
2001:
In the Bedroom*2.1139619||1,09401/02 - 02/09
2000:
Pay It Forward*2.336952|65212/00 - 07/08
My Khmer Heart
Erin Brockovich*2.414,2556|25803/00 - 06/08
1999:
The Green Mile***3.524,63917|8712/99 - 08/07
American Beauty (AW)***2.8213,751199||2801/00 - 06/08
1998:
Meet Joe Black***3.202,0986|14312/98 - 01/07
The Horse Whisperer****3.802,4442||26906/98 - 04/08
1997:
Oscar and Lucinda
Red Corner***2.73601||1,80402/12
Mad City
1996:
The People vs. Larry Flynt
American Buffalo
Phenomenon
Up Close & Personal (AW)**2.50500||1,84502/12
1995:
How to Make an American Quilt***
Unstrung Heroes (AW)
1994:
Little Women (AW)****3.7151816||68008/03 - 09/08
The War***2.76530||1,76402/12
The Shawshank Redemption (AW)****3.882,8355||11508/98 - 01/17all albums
Corrina, Corrina (co-wrote)
The Favor
Threesome
1993:
Josh and S.A.M.
Flesh and Bone
1992:
Scent of a Woman****3.122240||1,57309/09
Citizen Cohn (TV)
Whispers in the Dark***
The Player
Those Secrets (TV)
1991:
Deceived
Fried Green Tomatoes****3.411732|55107/98 - 04/06
The Rapture
The Linguini Incident
Career Opportunities
1990:
Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael
Naked Tango
Heat Wave (TV)
Men Don't Leave
1989:
Cookie
Rhythm Nation 1814
1988:
The Great Outdoors
The Prince of Pennsylvania
1987:
Less Than Zero
The Lost Boys
Light of Day
1986:
Jumpin' Jack Flash
Gung Ho
Quicksilver (co-wrote)
1985:
Real Genius
The Man with One Red Shoe
Girls Just Want to Have Fun
Desperately Seeking Susan
1984:
Grandview, U.S.A.
Revenge of the Nerds
Reckless
The Seduction of Gina (TV)
Summer's End
(reviews listed with a "co-wrote" indicate that either the composer wrote the score with another person or that more than one composer worked separately to provide a score for the production)
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Comments: Comment Total (the number of messages posted in the review's comment area)
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2nd - indicates the month and year of the review's most recent significant revision (if any)
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