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The Informant!
(2009)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:
Marvin Hamlisch

Orchestrated by:
Larry Hochman
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Silva Screen Records
(August 25th, 2009)
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Limited commercial release, available via download and "CDr on demand" from Amazon.com. A pressed promotional CD with limited packaging existed in the month before the public release.
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AWARDS
Nominated for a Golden Globe.
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Buy it... if you agree that every composer should be allowed to come out of retirement and return to his roots one final time, especially if it can be done with both precision and a sense of humor.

Avoid it... if you are horrified to be reminded of the era of Marvin Hamlisch's dominance in 1970's mainstream jazz and light romance and, on a related note, you couldn't stand the Austin Powers scores that parodied him and his contemporary peers.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,783
WRITTEN 1/18/10
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The Informant!: (Marvin Hamlisch) While immersed in his Ocean's Eleven franchise in the early 2000's, director Steven Soderbergh sought to adapt journalist Kurt Eichenwald's book about the whistle-blower behind the exposure of a large agricultural company's conspiracy to fix the price of lysine in the 1990's. The true story of The Informant! focuses on Mark Whitacre, an executive in the company who worked with the FBI to secretly record his cohorts' business dealings. Unfortunately, while this man proved useful to the government's case, he also suffers from bipolar disorder, which caused him to take on the role of a mole as if he were a secret agent, with all the delusions of the characteristics assumed by such spies. His wacky and reckless behavior culminates in the revelation that while he was betraying his own company, he was also defrauding it of millions of dollars and living under the assumption that his actions would be greeted with enough appreciation that he would become CEO of the company once all of the other executives were cleared out in the government raid. Ultimately, his defense became so insane that he ended up serving more time in prison than those who were actually doing the price fixing, thus bringing to an end the man's fantasies of grand esteem. Matt Damon's performance in the lead role, which made headlines by requiring him to gain thirty pounds and puffy cheeks, was the selling point of the film, and the production managed to squeak out a small profit. It wouldn't have been surprising to see Soderbergh turn to his frequent collaborator David Holmes for a snazzy musical score for The Informant!, but he made a far more surprising choice in the hiring of famed 1970's songwriter Marvin Hamlisch. An entire generation has passed since Hamlisch was a household name who earned Oscar nominations at a rate only matched by John Williams, and, in the interim, at some point in the 1990's, his name was often mocked as being perhaps the biggest symbol of 1970's loungey jazz that had fallen out of favor. It's ironic in many ways that the sound he helped maintain in popularity throughout the 1970's and into the 80's was parodied extremely well by George S. Clinton in his Austin Powers scores. And now, another decade removed, Hamlisch returns to write his own retro throwback score with a personality that young listeners will only recognize from the Austin Powers films. What a cruel circle it is, but at least it's still humorous.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 36:27
• 1. The Informant! (5:05)
• 2. Meet Mark (2:16)
• 3. Car Meeting (1:40)
• 4. The Raid (2:50)
• 5. Multi-Tasking (2:28)
• 6. Polygraph (1:43)
• 7. Boxes (2:25)
• 8. After Car (2:15)
• 9. Trust Me (Instrumental) (3:57)
• 10. Sellout (2:46)
• 11. Triplets (1:13)
• 12. Golf (1:21)
• 13. Trust Me* (3:36)
• 14. The Informant! (Solo Piano) (2:42)
* composed by Marvin Hamlisch, Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman, and performed by Steve Tyrell

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