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Windtalkers
(2002)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
J.A.C. Redford
Randy Kerber
Carl Johnson
Steven R. Bernstein

Co-Produced by:
Simon Rhodes
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
RCA Victor
(May 21st, 2002)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Belated U.S. release. The original street date for the album was November 6th, 2001 before the film's theatrical debut was delayed.
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Buy it... if you're a James Horner collector seeking an adequate and sometimes powerful war score with a token ethnic element thrown in at occasional intervals.

Avoid it... if you expect the same artistic integrity and personal intensity heard in Horner's previous scores that address ethnic plots.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #378
WRITTEN 10/12/01, REVISED 1/3/09
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Windtalkers: (James Horner) Reportedly delayed for as many as seven months due to the attacks of September 11th, 2001, Windtalkers was slow in recovering its publicity and eventually faded without much hype. Famed Hong Kong director John Woo proved with this film that he is indeed skilled with graphic depictions of violence, but his talents in the heavier dramatic genres are severely lacking. The long delay in post-production unfortunately didn't yield a reworking of the script to shift the pieces of the film into a more coherent whole, leaving it instead as a story with little audience engagement or depth in characters. The plot of the gory Woo film deals with the use of Navajo American Indians as a source of military encoding through their native language in World War II, a code that the enemy could not break. The film's handling of the various facets of racism was criticized heavily for being too simplistic. The extra time in post-production was also not kind to James Horner's score for Windtalkers, which Woo rearranged mercilessly so that very few of the composer's cues were eventually placed in the proper location. He often chopped them into pieces and fit them in like library samples, yielding an unsatisfactory aural experience in the film to accompany the equally messy visuals. After several years of writing music of a smaller scope, Horner had returned to weighty genres of drama and war in the year he wrote Windtalkers. His scores for Enemy at the Gates, A Beautiful Mind, and Iris represented a movement in Horner's career back towards heavy orchestral projects. Understandably, when Horner's name was mentioned as a candidate for assignment to Windtalkers, many of his followers immediately recalled his work for the early 1990's film Thunderheart, for which Horner took a minimal ensemble and created a hauntingly effective Native American score. The use of ethnic instrumentation, experimental or native, had been declining for Horner in the years in between, so Windtalkers offered him a chance to reassert those characteristics from an era that many argued to be the prime of his career.



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Average: 2.91 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 66:55
• 1. Navajo Dawn (7:54)
• 2. A New Assignment (4:37)
• 3. An Act of Heroism (5:59)
• 4. Taking the Beachhead (6:17)
• 5. "First Blood" Ceremony (2:08)
• 6. The Night Before (3:32)
• 7. Marine Assault (5:40)
• 8. Losses Mounting (5:06)
• 9. Friends In War (7:55)
• 10. A Sacrifice Never Forgotten (7:11)
• 11. Calling to the Wind (10:33)

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