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Old Gringo
(1989)
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Ira Hearshen

Co-Produced by:
Ford A. Thaxton
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
GNP Crescendo Records
(January 21st, 1989)
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Regular U.S. release, but out of print as of 2004.
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Buy it... if you appreciate Lee Holdridge's extremely romantic tendencies and seek a multi-cultural score of gorgeous beauty that stands alongside The Mists of Avalon as his best career achievements.

Avoid it... if you cannot tolerate a healthy dose of melancholy passion, even if it's beautifully rendered for a large orchestral ensemble and acoustic guitar.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #903
WRITTEN 8/29/97, REVISED 4/2/09
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Old Gringo: (Lee Holdridge) Known best as the last major acting performance on the big screen by Gregory Peck, the 1989 Luis Puenzo film Old Gringo is a doomed tale of adventure and romance in a Mexican hacienda during the time of Pancho Villa and the Mexican Revolution. With its serious drama darkened by a dismal plot and excruciatingly unforgiving ending, the film was met with an awkward combination of horror and distant admiration, diminishing Columbia Pictures chances at reaching Oscar gold despite all of the attention due to Peck's notable and affable performance (which includes, of course, a necessary courtroom scene). The morbidly depressing nature of the film is scored brilliantly by composer Lee Holdridge, and some critics consider the work to be among the best (if not the single most engaging) film score of his career. An obvious choice for the project, Holdridge grew out of musical roots in Costa Rica, conducting the country's foremost symphony orchestra and eventually training in the United States. Whether intentional or not, the international flavor of his works would go on to resonate in several of his scores, including his eventual best-seller, The Mists of Avalon. At the time of Old Gringo, Holdridge had completed several scores for films that didn't achieve as much success as expected, with the popular exception of Splash. Primarily a television series and mini-series composer, his assignments rarely offered him a chance to return to those Hispanic roots on a large scale. Old Gringo gave him that opportunity at long last, and he certainly made the most of it. Employing a symphony orchestra rich with woodwinds and acoustic guitars, Old Gringo would be a perfect collaboration between Hispanic flavor and an American sense of pastoral melody on a grand scale, reflecting the love triangle in the film with awesome results. Dramatically rich, the three themes for Jane Fonda, Jimmy Smits, and Peck's characters weave in and out of each other with ease through the lush, almost perpetually harmonic performances in the score. Most famous is the "Finale" suite heard over the end titles, a recording which remains the crown jewel of Holdridge's career and a piece heard every once in a while at live ceremonies.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 42:28
• 1. Prologue (Main Title) (2:33)
• 2. Ride to the Hacienda (4:08)
• 3. The Battle (Conflict) (3:12)
• 4. Harriet's Theme (5:45)
• 5. Bitter's Last Ride (2:51)
• 6. The Mirrors (3:02)
• 7. Nighttime (2:49)
• 8. The Bell Tower (1:17)
• 9. The Sigh (5:42)
• 10. The Battle (Resolution) (2:09)
• 11. Bitter's Destiny (3:18)
• 12. Finale (4:58)

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The insert includes a short note about both the score and film.
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