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 Posted:   Sep 13, 2010 - 11:24 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Isn't it a bit funny that Williams has scored TWO films about racial differences involving a solitary Jon Voight in a black community? And both of them ripe with traditional Americana?

This 1974 Martin Ritt film is one I've been looking for forever, and finally found a crappy-looking copy. It tells the story of Conroy (nicknamed "Conrack") who gets to teach in a school in a rural, black community in the late 60's. It's part DEAD POET'S SOCIETY, part ROSEWOOD, I guess. It's actually quite good, and the photography is very impressive at times (despite the poor picture quality). Voight is a bit TOO intense and frenetic in the title role, but the kids are believable. Hume Cronyn has an interesting role too, as the reactionary head administrator clinging onto dead values.

Williams' score is great. There isn't a lot of it (which is part of its strength), but it comes in at certain key moments (as the children learn, transportation scenes etc.). Very bluesy, with harmonica, guitar and a very down-to-earth sentimentality. The main titles, which have been released by FSM, represent the short score fairly well, but there are a couple of nice cues that were left off, such as the quasi-baroque Halloween sequence, as well as some classical source cues.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2010 - 11:44 AM   
 By:   jonnyquest   (Member)

I've been looking for forever, and finally found a crappy-looking copy.

Thor,

In the U.S., the Fox Movie Channel frequently airs a pristine widescreen print of "Conrack" (with excellent sound as well). If you have a similar version of this Channel on the cable TV system where you live, you may want to check the listings.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2010 - 11:48 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I've been looking for forever, and finally found a crappy-looking copy.

Thor,

In the U.S., the Fox Movie Channel frequently airs a pristine widescreen print of "Conrack" (with excellent sound as well). If you have a similar version of this Channel on the cable TV system where you live, you may want to check the listings.


Thanks. Unfortunately, I don't. But good to know that there's a better-looking copy spinning around out there.

 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2010 - 11:29 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

I remember the movie was a huge dud when it came out in '74. I did not see it until it aired on cable maybe eight years later. It's formulaic, but okay. There was a lot of better stuff to behold theatrically that year.

BLAZING SADDLES and YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, anyone? big grin

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 1, 2013 - 1:10 PM   
 By:   Angelillo   (Member)

Twilight Time March 10th release - preorders begin about 25 days before the street date -

CONRACK (1974) BLU-RAY

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 1, 2013 - 2:23 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Nice to see this rare film get a proper release, even if it's a limited release. It's actually quite good.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 20, 2014 - 11:47 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

The CONRACK Blu-ray, which streets on March 11th, will have an isolated music and effects track. Perhaps we'll be able to hear more of the score that just the main title.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 21, 2014 - 4:21 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

I love this period of John Williams scores.
After getting into his music from STAR WARS (with a little help from JAWS at 10 years of age) it was great finding a filmography of his and taping any old films he had scored off the telly and transferring them to tape, while grabbing old LP copies of things like EARTHQUAKE, TOWERING INFERNO and his Johnny Williams comedy scores AND buying newer titles like DRACULA, THE FURY, CE3K and all those other goodies. That's why I want his TOM SAWYER score tracks released so much.
They really were Golden Years.
This is a really effective short score (I think I totted up about 11-12 minutes total in the film).
I wonder if he wrote much more and I dream of someone finding a box full of CONRACK alernates and unused cues. It's cool that FSM managed to give us half of the score on their Williams triple whammy though smile

 
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