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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
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000015GJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,450 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

BENNY & JOON (OST)

Customer Reviews

This music has a bit of a clown in it.
S D Veens van der Valk
Wonderful music from an incredible movie.
Rhiannon
It's a movie that makes me feel happy.
Suzanne Quarrella

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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 6, 2001
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 imdb.com.)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Leigh A. Barrett on 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 By Gilly Bean on 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 on March 21, 2005
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ben Riddle on 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 By A Customer on June 11, 2000
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 By A Customer on March 21, 2003
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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