Cinderella Man Cast Away

Why is the music in this trailer for Ron Howard’s film Cinderella Man the Alan Silvestri score from the Robert Zemeckis film Cast Away (heard as the last track on this album)? Is there so little film music in the world that it must be re-used? Is this some sort of “people who liked Cast Away will come and see this, so let’s use the same music” device? I feel used, mostly because I cry every time I see the “I thought you were dead” scenes of Cast Away.


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Clark on January 23, 2005 - 05:43 Permalink

Also the voice ( I forget the ladies name) and haunting melodies in Gladiator were reused and reused over and over again in a number of movies. Perhaps they find a sound or melodic device that works?

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Stephen G Parks on January 23, 2005 - 11:09 Permalink

It is very common for movie trailers to use music from other movies (presumably from the same studio). The first few Lord of the Rings trailers used the score from Requiem for a Dream and Star Wars films often use the music from the older films in the early trailers. I assume that this happens because the movie’s score isn’t complete, or the compendium of scenes doesn’t fit any one piece of music already recorded for the movie.

As I understand it, in most cases (Star Wars being an exception) the director does not make the trailers. The studio uses outside firms for those. This has led to situations where the trailers have had scenes that didn’t make the final cut of the movies (Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, for one).

thus ends my time as a mere lurker on this site.

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steve on January 23, 2005 - 14:29 Permalink

My research gibes with that of Stephen G Parks. Trailers are slapdash affairs thrown toegther well before a movie has even finished shooting, so the score has not been composed. It’s cheaper and easier to use existing score music that has a cinematic feel to it for the trailers. It’s a very common practice. I saw that trailer for the Ron howard movie yesterday but I didn’t notice the music.

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Daniel on January 25, 2005 - 17:03 Permalink

I just saw the trailer for Cinderella Man last night while waiting for another film. If you left all of the dialogue in the trailer and replaced the imagery with Seabiscuit, it would still make complete sense. The producers were thinking “Hmm Seabiscuit did well and Boxing movies seem kind of popular these days… hmm.”