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Matchstick Men
(2003)
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Composed and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Bruce Fowler

Co-Orchestrated by:
Suzette Moriarty
Walter Fowler
Ladd McIntosh
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(September 30th, 2003)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you want to hear Hans Zimmer's lovable, though intentionally dysfunctional combination of Nino Rota's European sensibilities and zany 1950's lounge rhythms.

Avoid it... if accordions, whistlers, high 50's jazz, a little Zimmer techno, and snappy rhythms could potentially cause you to obsess over household cleaning projects.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #512
WRITTEN 10/22/03, REVISED 3/5/09
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Matchstick Men: (Hans Zimmer) Not your typical Ridley Scott film, Matchstick Men combines the elements of intimate character drama and professional con games, creating a quirky and often funny film that was received well by critics. When properly medicated, Nicolas Cage's primary character, Roy Waller, is an outstanding con man despite his eccentricities of personality, but when a 14-year-old daughter he didn't know he had is thrust upon his life, he has to reevaluate his profession, both with and without medication. The dark comedy teamed Scott once again with composer Hans Zimmer, a long pairing that had solidified itself with Gladiator a few years earlier. Scott had his own clear ideas of what he wanted to hear in the score for his off-kilter, doomed-heist story. He called upon Zimmer early in pre-production, and, with the assistance of a few music supervisors as well, outlined a collection of songs and impressed a similar style upon Zimmer for the construction of the score. The project would have the sensibilities of a European film, adapting morbid comedy elements and sprinkling them with funny derangements and even a touch of family drama. As Scott stated from the very beginning, "If the score doesn't have an accordion in it, we don't have a movie." You get the impression that had it been possible, Scott would have cut and pasted Nino Rota music throughout Matchstick Men rather than worry about making an adaptation of that sound. It was expressly understood from the start that a return to the flashy, but sophisticated Rota sounds of the composer's prime (for similarly themed films) would be Zimmer's focus, and in a display of the man's true talents, Zimmer raises Rota from the dead and offers music for Matchstick Men that would make the classic composer smile. In fact, the theme for La Dolce Vita is utilized (with full credit from Zimmer) as the title theme for this film. In many parts, the theme is adapted in its original spirit, although Zimmer does offer some of his own snazzy attitude to the mix. That mix typically takes Rota's romance and infuses it with even seedier sounds of the 1950's and 60's, perfectly setting the table for Scott's stylistically eccentric film.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 55:37
• 1. The Good Life - performed by Bobby Darin (2:23)
• 2. Flim Flam (0:12)
• 3. Ichi-Ni-San (2:51)
• 4. Matchstick Men (2:09)
• 5. Weird is Good (6:42)
• 6. Lonely Bull - performed by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass (2:15)
• 7. Ticks & Twitches (2:48)
• 8. I Have a Daughter? (1:06)
• 9. Swedish Rhapsody - performed by Mantovani & His Orchestra (2:37)
• 10. Keep the Change (1:24)
• 11. Nosy Parker (2:44)
• 12. Leaning on a Lamp Post - performed by George Formby (3:00)
• 13. Pool Lights (0:54)
• 14. Pygmies! (2:07)
• 15. Charmaine - performed by Mantovani & His Orchestra (3:05)
• 16. Roy's Rules (2:04)
• 17. Carpeteria (2:26)
• 18. Shame on You (2:55)
• 19. Tuna Fish and Cigarettes (1:55)
• 20. No More Pills (4:39)
• 21. Tijuana Taxi - performed by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass (2:05)
• 22. The Banker's Waltz (3:07)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a lengthy note about the film and score from one of the film's music supervisors. It also includes a vulgar quote from Ridley Scott.
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