A lesser-known moment of genius from John Barry
– quite different than his work for the James Bond films of the time! Barry
's working here in a mix of more ambitious orchestral themes – dark, brooding, and moody – but also interspersed with some lighter jazzier numbers that are really great too! The film had a short life as a blockbuster – surprising, given that it was directed by Arthur Penn, written by Lillian Hellman, and starring Marlon Brando, Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, and Angie Dickinson amidst a host of other well-known talents – but the real charm is almost Barry
's music, which olds up really well over the years! Our favorite titles include "Saturday Night Philosopher", "Look Around", "The Beating", "Blues For Bubber", and the sweetly jazzy "I'll Drink To That". And oddly, there doesn't seem to be a single traditional "chase" number in the whole film!
(White label promo. Cover has a tracklist on the front at the bottom and a spot of tape on the spine, with some pencil, a bit of edge flaking, and WGN Library letters on the back paste-on. Label has a sticker.)