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Hart's War
(2002)
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted by:
David Snell

Orchestrated by:
Jeff Atmajian
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Decca Records
(February 12th, 2002)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you have little patience for the overtly optimistic nature of Rachel Portman's romance writing and seek a repackaged variant of that harmonic sound in a serious historical setting.

Avoid it... if you expect the score to completely abandon the trademark Portman ostinatos and flowing harmony that translate into a potentially misplaced sense of positive spirit for this context.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #877
WRITTEN 2/7/02, REVISED 2/24/09
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Hart's War: (Rachel Portman) Despite a public relations campaign by M-G-M to paint Hart's War as strictly a character drama, it is still a traditional war film in its themes of escape, destruction, maniacal killing, the weapons of war, psychological breakdown, and redemptive dignity. Against all odds, a group of American prisoners subjected to the conditions of a 1944-1945 Nazi camp devise a plan to escape the compound and demolish a nearby ammunition factory, and the film portrays the adversity experienced by the involved prisoners while trying to prepare for that assault. Nevertheless, the film concentrates heavily on the character development within the camp rather than the escape itself, giving it a cerebral touch that many audiences wrongly expecting a Bruce Willis ass-kicking contest were bored to death by. Given that the filmmakers wanted to establish Hart's War as a tale of inner strength and resolve, they chose one of the world's most romantic film composers to balance the setting and action of war. By bringing Rachel Portman onto the production team, they hoped to add the depth of heart that was needed to adequately make Hart's War into an introspective and thoughtful exploration of character that reaches beyond the usual sounds of war films. As director Gregory Hoblit explained, "Hart's War is not a war story. It is fundamentally about captured American soldiers finding grace, dignity, and honor. It is also a movie one would not expect Rachel Portman to have scored..." Indeed, when thinking of a WWII drama about a Nazi prisoner of war camp, Portman's fluffy romance music doesn't seem to fit the genre in any way. The reason for her employment here was obviously not to paint a pretty picture of the situation, but instead to match her authentically organic and melodically rich preferences for an orchestral ensemble with the agenda of the picture. Her career is more varied than most casual collectors know, though even in the periphery, where some of her most intriguing non-romance material exists, there's nothing quite like Hart's War.



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A clever combination of elegiac and dramatic music
Sheridan - December 9, 2006, at 1:08 p.m.
1 comment  (1833 views)
missing track in tracklist
Per - November 6, 2005, at 5:48 a.m.
1 comment  (1814 views)
strange Portman score
douglas gould - January 17, 2004, at 8:20 a.m.
1 comment  (2287 views)
Cue Query
Michael Arlidge - October 25, 2002, at 9:44 p.m.
1 comment  (1581 views)
Academy Award   Expand >>
Michael Arlidge - October 25, 2002, at 9:41 p.m.
4 comments  (3341 views)
Newest: November 25, 2003, at 10:17 p.m. by
wyer
valid artistic approach
Rod Stoicheff - May 9, 2002, at 2:04 a.m.
1 comment  (1788 views)
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 45:10
• 1. Final Salute (3:25)
• 2. Hart Captured and Interrogated (5:19)
• 3. Scott's Macon, Georgia Story/Train Yard Strafing and Bombing (3:52)
• 4. Visser Testifies (3:07)
• 5. Visser Finds Tunnel (6:45)
• 6. March to Stalag 6A (3:18)
• 7. Archer Shot Dead (1:13)
• 8. Scott Railroaded (3:17)
• 9. "Everything is OK, Tommy" (1:52)
• 10. Blackened Face Testimony (2:36)
• 11. Hart Finds Bedford's Stash (1:03)
• 12. Hart Discovers Tunnel (3:30)
• 13. McNamara Trades His Life (2:47)
• 14. End Credits (2:59)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert contains a lengthy note from the director regarding Portman's role in the project.
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