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The Pledge
(2001)
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2001 Milan
2002 Bootleg
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Composed and Produced by:

Additional Music by:
Michael Brook
Craig Eastman
Heitor Perreira
Martin Tillman

Vocals Performed by:
Allison Moynihan
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Milan Records
(December 11th, 2001)

Bootleg
(2002)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 2001 Milan album is a regular U.S. release. The 2002 bootleg, circulated on the secondary market, only offers a number of 'HZCD 015LR'.
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Buy it... if you are familiar with Hans Zimmer's subdued style of Smilla's Sense of Snow and might be appreciative of a very similar work with slightly more texture.

Avoid it... if your Zimmer collection is purposefully weighed heavily towards his large-scale orchestral and electronic blockbusters.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,073
WRITTEN 9/17/03, REVISED 1/26/09
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Badelt
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The Pledge: (Hans Zimmer/Klaus Badelt) The 2001 directorial project of Sean Penn was received reasonably well by critics, but failed at every level with audiences. Fans of Jack Nicholson were presented, though, with a fantastic performance by the actor in a role that offered the usually cocky persona an opportunity to seriously examine his inner soul (and do so in a pseudo-religious fashion). The film is a sparse murder mystery set in a small town during winter, with Nicholson's character, as a detective, making a pledge to the mother of a slain child to find the killer. The battle between the temptation to retire, fear of getting old, determination to solve the crime, and coming to terms with the town itself is conveyed in a very slowly paced, deliberate form. Without an obvious ending, the film is heavy in introspection from start to finish, relying upon the development of a single character to hold the interest of the audience. Such projects were not completely unknown to composer Hans Zimmer. Throughout the late 1990's and 2000's, the popular composer had been playing the field of offers for high-priced action and drama films, creating a fan base for his pounding combinations of symphonic and synthetic power. There has always remained another group of fans, however, who prefer Zimmer's more introverted writing for arthouse subjects. The Pledge represented a return to the style of the Zimmer scores of the mid-1990's for films that did not require their music to elevate the volume beyond that of a single line of dialogue. These scores often included bare minimum instrumentation, very subtle themes, and a carefully low key attitude; both A Whole Wide World and The House of the Spirits contain the same kind of character drama, but it is Smilla's Sense of Snow that best mirrors the stark reality that is seen and heard in The Pledge. Aside from the snowy setting, the scores both accompany a character seemingly alone and struggling. In the case of the detective in The Pledge, Zimmer, along with apprentice Klaus Badelt and four others, accentuates that feeling of loneliness to an even greater degree of despair. In many of these aforementioned efforts, Zimmer collaborated with one or more of his fellow Media Ventures artists to create a theme or texture for a score, then handing the rest of the duties to these associates. The same formula is likely the model here.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
2001 Milan Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 40:18
• 1. The Angler (5:24)
• 2. Boogie Man (1:28)
• 3. Jerry & Lori (1:01)
• 4. Church Nightmare (2:19)
• 5. Revisit Crime Scene (1:16)
• 6. My Coat (2:47)
• 7. The Wizard (4:05)
• 8. Ex Cop (1:50)
• 9. He'd Rather Not (2:00)
• 10. Land of Christmas (1:22)
• 11. Reading Stories (3:03)
• 12. Turkeys (1:36)
• 13. The Pledge (1:19)
• 14. The Swing (2:20)
• 15. Ginny's Picture (2:31)
• 16. You're Crazy (5:57)
2002 Bootleg Tracks   ▼Total Time: 72:38

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Neither album's insert includes extra information about the score or film.
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