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Spanglish
(2004)
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Blake Neely

Orchestrated by:
Bruce Fowler
Suzette Moriarty
Rick Giovinazzo
Ladd McIntosh
Walt Fowler
Elizabeth Finch
Brad Warnaar

Guitar Performed by:
Heitor Pereira

Other Notable Performances by:
Daisy Jopling
Aleksey Igudesman
Tristan Schulze
Martin Tillman
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(January 11th, 2005)
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Regular U.S. release.
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AWARDS
Nominated for a Golden Globe.
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Buy it... if you seek one of the best arrangements of Hans Zimmer's light drama touch and Heitor Pereira's Latin guitar performances laced with all the sensibilities of a Rachel Portman romance score.

Avoid it... if this dainty girlie nonsense has no place amongst your collection of Zimmer's kick-ass militaristic scores for full symphony, choir, and synthesizer.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #707
WRITTEN 1/14/05, REVISED 10/21/11
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Spanglish: (Hans Zimmer) As if almost on cue, James L. Brooks' 2004 progressively minded comedy/drama about interpersonal relationships arrived on the scene just in time to sweep away critics and audiences with its charm during the awards season. While perhaps no effort will eclipse the superbly acted As Good As It Gets in 1997, the oddly assembled cast of Spanglish did pretty well in its own part. Starring Adam Sandler in a substantially serious role, Spanglish portrays the story of a Mexican woman and her daughter who arrive in the employment of a wealthy Los Angeles family. Unlike the more deadly serious variations on that story in past films, Spanglish treats the Mexican woman as a sort angelic presence who helps, through the language barrier, to give sound advice to help with the eccentricities of the her American employers. While its plot does border on more serious topics such as adultery, for instance, the aim of the film is to win your heart in the end, and Spanglish did just that for many critics just prior to the 2004 awards nominations. It also packages what some might see as a liberal agenda in its feel-good story as well. The film marked the third entry in an affable collaboration between Brooks and composer Hans Zimmer, who was wrapping up a fantastic year of production. As in their previous work together, As Good As It Gets, Brooks manages to tempt the lighter, more romantic elements of Zimmer's sensibilities for these character dramas. The German born composer has had an interesting tendency to dabble occasionally in the areas of Spanish and other Hispanic music, often involving the traditional acoustic guitar performances of his friend and fellow composer Hietor Pereira. Their Hispanic style has seeped into several Zimmer scores through the years, most notably in It's Complicated still to come, though Spanglish was the first full-fledged opportunity to allow this sensibility to flow into a popular dramatic effort. The pretty and competent As Good As It Gets earned Zimmer an Academy Award nomination, and Spanglish received a Golden Globe nomination for similar reasons. It features an even greater sense of humor, as well as an infectious spirit of romantic comedy that voting bodies loved hearing from the likes of Rachel Portman and Italian composers who had dominated the awards scene in the previous ten years.



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Trix - July 23, 2006, at 2:54 a.m.
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Alternate review of Spanglish on Movie Music UK   Expand >>
Jonathan Broxton - February 16, 2005, at 2:34 p.m.
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Newest: April 5, 2005, at 1:40 a.m. by
Peter
It´s such a beautiful score!!
Michael Björk - February 2, 2005, at 7:18 a.m.
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Something's Gotta Give
TheLastSlasherStanding - January 21, 2005, at 7:56 p.m.
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Synths...No synths... who cares...
ZED - January 19, 2005, at 9:49 p.m.
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When zimmer meets orchestra
Zimmeret - January 18, 2005, at 6:01 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 38:18
• 1. Spanglish (2:45)
• 2. The Beach (9:46)
• 3. Welcome to the Claskys (3:19)
• 4. Drunk and Disorderly (2:14)
• 5. John Comes Home (1:55)
• 6. Learning English (1:32)
• 7. No Left (3:54)
• 8. Malibu (3:16)
• 9. Cooking (1:24)
• 10. Bus Stop (5:09)
• 11. They Can't Take That Away From Me - performed by Cloris Leachman and Ian Hyland (3:00)

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The insert includes an outstanding note from director James L. Brooks about spending time with Hans Zimmer during the recording process at deadline time.
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