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The Legend of Bagger Vance
(2000)
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Composed, Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Conducted by:
David Snell
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Chapter III Records
(November 7th, 2000)
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Regular U.S. release, but completely out of print.
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Buy it... if you seek the ultimate maturation of Rachel Portman's elegant and graceful romantic writing, highlighted by the quantity of themes, the scope of instrumentation, and the intangible sense of mystical spirit.

Avoid it... if you've never understood what all the fuss is about regarding Portman's transparent and simplistic style for the dramatic genre.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #224
WRITTEN 10/19/00, REVISED 11/10/07
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The Legend of Bagger Vance: (Rachel Portman) Director Robert Redford has always had a soft spot for vintage sports movies, and in 2000 he attempted to use the story of a resurrected golfer of the 1920's much in the same fashion as The Natural had done for the sport of baseball earlier in his career. Dreamworks' The Legend of Bagger Vance was supposed to balance that fine line between box office hit and arthouse favorite, with a spectacular visual representation of the era hosting a reverent style of character study, a sporty underdog element, and the always thoughtful analytical comparisons between a game and real life. Bankable young stars Matt Damon, Charlize Theron, and Will Smith acted under the narration of Jack Lemmon, and while Redford attempted to use Smith's wise character of Bagger Vance to help reignite the soul of the talented, but war weary golfer Rannulph Junuh (played by Damon), critics regularly pounced on the predictably two-dimensional aspects of those characters. Because of the failed adaptation of Steven Pressfield's novel, audiences missed the point of The Legend of Bagger Vance, leaving it as a beautiful but rather pointless sports story. Composer Rachel Portman was seemingly a perfect fit for the film; her career was still at the height of its award-winning popularity in 2000, and her style of composition was synonymous with dramatic romanticism in a timeless fashion that only her whimsical piano, string, and woodwind-dominated ensembles could provide. She was the modern incarnation of John Barry, and as both a female artist and a composer of simple, beautiful themes, she was the darling of the industry. It would be difficult to imagine that her Oscar nominated score for The Cider House Rules (which many had predicted would win the award) wasn't used as a temp track in The Legend of Bagger Vance, for the latter score is a flourishing extension of the previous score's style. As Portman stated at the time, Redford "was keen to get me involved as early as possible and was closely involved in helping me find the right direction in the score. The inspiration for the music came from the themes and characters in the film. It is a story about a hero who has lost his will to succeed, and his spiritual journey."



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Richard Kleiner - April 25, 2009, at 10:26 p.m.
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Steve Larson - November 10, 2007, at 7:16 p.m.
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Unique score
Sheridan - January 30, 2007, at 5:39 a.m.
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I prefer Chocolat or Emma...but "Junuh sees the field" is Portmanīs best track now *NM*
Cesar - March 23, 2004, at 6:27 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 47:48
• 1. My Best Wishes - performed by Fats Waller (2:29)
• 2. The Legend of Bagger Vance (2:13)
• 3. Savannah Needs a Hero (4:54)
• 4. Bagger Offers to Caddy for Junuh (4:08)
• 5. Bagger & Hardy Measure the Course at Night (2:34)
• 6. The Day of the Match Dawns (3:09)
• 7. Birdie (1:47)
• 8. Junuh Sees the Field (5:12)
• 9. Hole in One (2:31)
• 10. Junuh Comes Out of the Woods (3:56)
• 11. Bagger Leaves (3:13)
• 12. Old Hardy Joins Bagger by the Sea (5:52)
• 13. Bluin' the Blues - performed by Muggsy Spanier (2:40)
• 14. Mood Indigo - performed by Duke Ellington (3:06)

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