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Benny & Joon: Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Soundtrack]

Rachel PortmanAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. I'm Gonna Be [500 Miles]The Proclaimers 3:38Album Only
listen  2. Benny & JoonRachel Portman 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Snorkel MaskRachel Portman 1:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Joon's MedicineRachel Portman 1:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. HubcapsRachel Portman0:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Sam's New Home/RaisinsRachel Portman 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. BalloonRachel Portman 1:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. In The ParkRachel Portman 5:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Love ThemeRachel Portman 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Sam Is Kicked OutRachel Portman 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. On The BusRachel Portman 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. SwingingRachel Portman 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Sam And JoonRachel Portman 1:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Benny & Joon [Reprise]Rachel Portman 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 11, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: May 11, 1993
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Milan Records
  • ASIN: B0000015GJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,963 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Benny & Joon ST: Have a Little Faith in Me November 6, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Great soundtrack; minor correction: The song "Have a Little Faith in Me" in the movie is the version written and performed by John Hiatt. (check out the soundtrack information for the movie at
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still coming into her own December 30, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Rachel Portman has a knack for creating themes that tie perfectly with the characters. This soundtrack is flavored beautifully with the innocence and whimsy of the title characters, and I find myself able to easily recall moments of the film in her memorable tone poems of the included scenes. As for "stand alone" quality, this soundtrack is best for those who regularly listen to and appreciate film scores as opposed to soundtrack compilations. Portman's best stand-alone score for me is still "Chocolat," which not only conjures up the moods and flavors of the story, but also is a collection of very fun and interesting pieces that I could listen to even if I hadn't seen the movie.
If you're more a fan of the songs that were borrowed for the film, then you should buy the works of those included artists. If, however, you are looking for a score from one of our most gifted film composers, "Benny and Joon" will not disappoint.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun album January 13, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I haven't seen the movie, so cannot relate on how this music fares to the film. But I think this album is terrific. The music is fun and creates a nice atmosphere. It makes me think of a circus or a fun fair. I originally bought it for the song "I'm gonna be (500 miles)" by The Proclaimers as I loved that song and at the time, couldn't find the album by them that it was featured on, so I bought this. And I am glad I did. It's wonderful. Track #5, "Hubcaps", although short, makes me also think of Charlie Chaplin. This album is fun and a treat to listen to. Rachel Portman is a fine composer.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By deir
Format:Audio CD
I'd say this is up there with Yann Tiersen's score for 'Amelie' for making you taste, smell and feel the world the director has created. Rachel Portman's score is magical. (She's such a versatile composer - The Joy Luck Club, Chocolat, Emma.) I've listened to this frequently for YEARS. How many soundtracks can you say that about? How do you write a love theme that helps us fall in love with people who make grilled cheese with an iron, and cereal with a blender while wearing a snorkel? It's not generic, or saccharine, but very specifically the musical counterpart of the characters that I love so much from the movie - quirky and a little sad, but also really valuable and beautiful. In the movie, there's this feeling, by the pond behind the house, and in the park where Sam reveals his Buster Keaton talents, that it's early summer and it's just rained. I can also feel that from the music, which is pretty strange. It also helps me feel what it's like to look around Joon's studio, or to walk around the streets of Spokane. I can't imagine the movie without this score.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a whimsical little album that's fun if you have no expectations. But, it is missing the best song from the movie, "Have a Little Faith in Me." If you're desperately trying to get your hands on that amazing song, it's by Delbert McClinton.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Rare Sound for Comedy July 20, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Usually I won't buy the soundtrack album to a comedy, even if I do enjoy the movie. I tend to think that a lot of comedy music tends to sound about as juvenile as the antics of the film (although that's probably the whole point). This is not the case with Benny & Joon, though. Portman's score is quite enjoyable to listen to by itself. especially her theme for Sam's (Johnny Depp) wackiness. "I'm Gonna Be(500 Miles)" by the Proclaimers is an added bonus.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Melodic Masterpiece June 11, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I consider the Benny and Joon soundtrack to be quite charming. The flowing oboe through songs like "Benny and Joon" and "Snorkel Mask" give an upbeat feel to the music. This is the perfect type of CD to play when you are feeling tired and down, the songs have a calm feel, but still quite happy. This music reminds me of Mr. Holland's Opus type music. There is also a joyful break in the midst of all the songs without singers with the song, "I'm Gonna Be", a well known song with a good beat by the Proclaimers. A perfect CD to listen to while being outside on a sunny summer day. A sure way to get your foot tapping and change a sad mood into a better one with the catchy parts to all the songs.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ok (Mostly) Instrumental Soundtrack March 21, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The music alone isn't something I'd listen to, but this soundtrack does set a light mood to "Benny & Joon," a touching romantic comedy about mental illness. The song titles themselves pinpoint certain scenes, so if you've seen the movie, you'll more than likely be able to picture the scenes better--though you may need either a good ear or memory, because a lot of the songs sound the same.
The majority of songs on here are innocent and bright, and, like one reviewer before me mentioned, most of it sounds like circus music. There are some good slower, more thoughtful tracks thrown in as well, like "Joon's Medicine" (#4), "Sam's New Home/Raisins" (#6), "Love Theme" (#9), and "On the Bus" (#11). However, as I said before, a lot of the songs sound the same. They just seem to be slightly different variations of the same tune, played over and over. It almost sounded like this CD was either skipping or on continuous loop.
As a few other reviewers pointed out, there are a few vocal songs missing that played during the movie, like the Temple of the Dog song Sam (Johnny Depp) was listening to while cleaning the house. The only vocal song on this soundtrack is the popular Proclaimers hit: "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)," the first track on here, though it was actually the last song in the movie. I never really liked this song, but it'll definitely attract listeners to this soundtrack who wouldn't ordinarily listen to instrumental music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 2 months ago by amk
5.0 out of 5 stars Great soundtrack for a great movie.
Benny & Joon is one of my favorite movies of all time. It's a movie that makes me feel happy. I love the music so much that I purchased this DVD so I could listen to it more often. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Suzanne Quarrella
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Johnny Depp movie
My all time favorite Johnny Depp movie. His impersonation of that silent movie actor is great. It has some great humor in it.
Published 9 months ago by Jo Gilbert
5.0 out of 5 stars moving
I bought this CD because when I saw the movie, I was moved by the story which was enhanced by the soundtrack.
Published 10 months ago by J. Fallon
5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific CD
I could not believe that a CD, "Benny and Joon" that cost ONE CENT,could be in excellent condition and something that would be a terrific hit with my friend/renter for her... Read more
Published on March 9, 2012 by Holly J. Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Soul Mates
I have seen this movie at least a dozen times and I bought the CD because the songs kept running through my head and I wanted to hear them. Read more
Published on May 17, 2011 by Witchypoo
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
great classic movie. good storyline as well, proves the human spirit within as we all live our truth. good acting, and the score is awesome
Published on January 17, 2010 by Marvin K. Dean
5.0 out of 5 stars Music to my ears
My sister was so pleased, she loved the movie and enjoyed the music so I surprised
her for Xmas and brought this CD....What a nice surprise she said it was. Read more
Published on January 7, 2010 by Ronda J. Simon
2.0 out of 5 stars Benny & Joon
After writing down all the songs that I heard in the movie (from the credits), I was disappointed to see a lot of them were not on the soundtrack. C.D. Read more
Published on September 30, 2008 by Jess Morgan
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