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Searching for Bobby Fischer
(1993)
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1993 Big Screen
2015 La-La Land
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Thomas Pasatieri
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Big Screen Records
(August 24th, 1993)

La-La Land Records
(June 16th, 2015)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1993 Big Screen Records album was a regular U.S. release, but it fell out of print and was difficult to find in stores for many years. The expanded 2015 La-La Land Records album is limited to 3,000 copies and available primarily through soundtrack specialty outlets for an initial price of $20.
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Buy it... if you can never turn away the rambling, shifty piano rhythms that James Horner uses to represent complex minds at work or, to a greater extent in this score, his broad, string-based character themes for dramatic contemplation.

Avoid it... if three or four tracks of the primary, ambitious, rhythmic orchestral theme cannot outweigh the generic atmosphere that stews with minimally emotive volume during the rest of the album.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #664
WRITTEN 6/15/98, REVISED 7/19/15
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Searching for Bobby Fischer: (James Horner) Perhaps the most well developed and respectful film ever made about the game of chess, Searching for Bobby Fischer is still first and foremost a movie about human relationships. In this case, a young boy (and somewhat of a snot) at the center of the story is a budding chess genius and the adults in his life are forced to realize and deal with the ramifications of his talents. From the chess hustlers in New York's Washington Square Park with whom the boy learns the game to his own parents and eventually the testy professional chess teacher who trains him, the journey in Searching for Bobby Fischer ironically doesn't actually include Bobby Fischer himself. The most infamous chess competitor of all time, Fischer inspires the film in that he inspires all chess enthusiasts, and while the real Fischer was stuck in a monumental legal battle of citizenship that landed him for a long time in unwilling Japanese seclusion, it's the presence of only his spirit that is required to propel the story of this 1993 film. A complex but magical product, Searching for Bobby Fischer would demand both an atmospheric and character-centered approach from composer James Horner, in addition to some of the sugar-coated Hollywood drama that the composer was starting to insert with greater ease into his scores by the early 1990's. Horner had a tendency at the time to score films about complex personalities (or people with considerable inner-demons) with a sense of muted but dignified restraint. In this score, the French horn offers those dignified solos, and much of the underscore quietly weaves its canvas through supplemental strings and piano. From beginning to end, Searching for Bobby Fischer shares many traits with In Country, remaining slightly beyond reach for most of its length while hinting at the glorious finish that will eventually enchant you once the primary characters gather at a distant place to have questions and aspirations answered. Like a well-played chess match, Searching for Bobby Fischer is a score that requires your patience, but unlike many similar Horner works that meander through such territory without much volume or distinction, this score does provide a few lasting highlights that make the entire endeavor worthwhile. Of Horner's four themes for the story, only one will really linger in your memory, the remainder being smaller motifs of functional but secondary impact that emulate countless other Horner light dramas of the era.



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452 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.9 Stars
***** 213 5 Stars
**** 86 4 Stars
*** 77 3 Stars
** 51 2 Stars
* 25 1 Stars
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Nick - April 1, 2005, at 8:23 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1993 Big Screen Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 49:35
• 1. Main Title (3:03)
• 2. Early Victories (3:30)
• 3. Contempt (2:40)
• 4. The Castle (2:04)
• 5. Josh vs. Dad (3:18)
• 6. Josh's First Lesson (2:38)
• 7. Trip to Chicago (3:24)
• 8. Washington Square (2:45)
• 9. Start Your Clocks/Master Class Points (4:06)
• 10. Josh and Vinnie (3:31)
• 11. The Nationals (3:25)
• 12. Final Tournament (7:55)
• 13. Epilogue/End Credits (7:10)
2015 La-La Land Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 79:02

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert of the 1993 album includes biographical information about Horner and the film's director. That of the 2015 La-La Land album contains extensive notation about both the film and score.
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