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Good Will Hunting: Music From The Miramax Motion Picture [Soundtrack]

Danny ElfmanAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Between The Bars (Orchestral)Elliott Smith 1:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. As The RainJeb Loy Nichols 4:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. AngelesElliott Smith 2:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. No Name #3Elliott Smith 3:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Fisherman's BluesThe Waterboys 4:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Why Do I Lie? (Remix)Luscious Jackson 3:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Will Hunting (Main Titles)(Instrumental) (Instrumental)Danny Elfman 2:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Between The BarsElliott Smith 2:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Say YesElliott Smith 2:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Baker Street (Edit)Gerry Rafferty 4:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Somebody's BabyAndru Donalds 3:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Boys BetterThe Dandy Warhols 4:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. How Can You Mend A Broken HeartAl Green 6:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Miss MiseryElliott Smith 3:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Weepy Donuts (Instrumental)Danny Elfman 3:48$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 2, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: December 2, 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002TM0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,856 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Movie soundtracks are chancy in that the music is often geared to specific parts of the film that are meant to evoke concurrent emotions; many don't hold up apart from their cinematic context. The trend of the past few years has been to gratuitously traipse down memory lane, with the convenient stance that a hit parade of '70s funk will lend an otherwise bloodless film some street cred. Thankfully the soundtrack to Good Will Hunting doesn't strive for fake urban cool; this film about white, working-class Bostonians gets a mostly white, working-class sound. The soundtrack effectively mirrors the half-filled desires and lives that the film capitalizes on: restlessness, ennui, doubt, and unrequited love rule here. Elliot Smith contributes the most, and the best, songs, beautiful weepers that outshine Danny Elfman's somber original score, which makes only a few appearances. --Alan E. Rapp

Product Description

Various Artists / Gus Van Sant / Ron McMaster ~ Good Will Hunting

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, greater soundtrack April 25, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Before I saw Good Will Hunting I had never even heard of Elliott Smith, but once I saw the movie I had to have the CD. While Danny Elfman's compositions and the other songs (especially Luscious Jackson's catchy "Why Do I Lie") are wonderful, Smith's music is what makes this CD - it's worth buying for "Miss Misery" alone. In an age where most soundtracks include predominantly glossy pop tunes, cheaply sentimental love songs, and unnerving punk rock, the Good Will Hunting soundtrack contains simple, sincere music that's a refreshing change from other movie/TV soundtracks.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Miss Misery June 7, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Quick note: for those of you perpetually searching for the perfect song, "Miss Misery" is one of them. Flawless in a way that very precious few songs are. Compares favorably to the best songs ever, in my opinion, including any Beatles classics. If you appreciate real songwriting and you haven't heard this tune, there's a void in your experience of perfection.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A movie deserving of this excellent soundtrack. July 17, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Soundtracks are a music business trend on the decline and for good reason. In recent years many soundtracks have been thrown together with sub-standard artists or tracks, little correlation to the movie itself which in turn probably didn't even deserve to be seen let alone heard. Yet these cash cows have been lapped up by the truckload. The Good Will Hunting soundtrack bucks this trend however, and is a startlingly good collection of songs that not only relates well to the film and it's lead character Will, but also entices you to seek out more from the artists involved - this is what a good soundtrack should do. The very talented Elliot Smith provides the backbone of the album with his superb compositions, however I find myself enjoying the other artists involved here just as much. The Waterboys' 'Fisherman's Blues' and Luscious Jackson's 'Why Do I Lie' are two inspired choices, as is Al Green's perennial tear-jerker 'How Can You Mend A Broken Heart'. Danny Elfman's theme songs are quite hauntingly beautiful and help make this a great album for the road, and exploring new places. An exceptional soundtrack with a great amount of spirit.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Missing an Important Song, but otherwise a great CD February 23, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD for one, and only one reason. I absolutely LOVED the song that was played in the trailers for the film and I wanted have that song on CD. However, much to my surprise, the song was conveniently left off the soundtrack. I have been searching for the name of this song ever since (if there is anyone who happens to know the name of that song - PLEASE EMAIL it to me - it would be much appreciated). After a period of neglecting the cd (due to my dissapointment) I started listening to the tracks again and found that what the CD does contain is actually quite good. Elliot Smith voice is brilliant, his lyrics communicate the tone of the movie in a very unique way. My favorite song on the album, however, is track #6 - "Why do i Lie" by Lucious Jackson. Basically, other than my initial disappointment with the CD, I have found it quite enjoyable, and really like it a lot.
***An update: I recently found the song I was looking for, "Dance without Sleeping" by Melissa Etheridge. Anyone else looking for the 'mystery song' will hopefully find solace in this song.***
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic and Unique July 15, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The songs were eclectic, and Elliot Smith is awesome. "Miss Misery" is so appropriate and deep that even I, a teenage girl who of course loved Titanic, felt it was robbed of the Oscar. It's so different from the other nominees, and the lyrics apply to Will Hunting exactly as they should.
Otherwise, the CD was a treat; but I was terribly disappointed not to find more of Danny Elfman's score, which I loved.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great soundtrack. March 2, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a great soundtract for those out there that love Elliott Smith, and a great introduction for those yet to discover him. Once you delve into the many albums out there, you will find one gem after another. I go through periods where I put all of it on shuffle, and enjoy, for a week at a time. I think that he will be remembered as one of the greatest songwriters of the 1990s.
In case you can't tell, you should buy this soundtrack.
Just a note to the poster that lamented that the song from the trailor was not on the soundtrack: it is quite common in the movie industry to use music in a trailor that is not the actual music from the movie. This is because the music is one of the last things to go in. I am glad you found your song, but I don't think that it was "left off" the soundtrack, because I don't remember that song being in the movie at all. Also, some artists generally allow their music to be used in a movie, but not on the soundtrack. The Rolling Stones are a good example of this. I am glad that you found the song you were looking for, but if it was only in the trailor (and I can't remember it being in the movie), then it doesn't really belong on the soundtrack. I am glad that you grew to like the soundtrack. Enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Danny Elfman's bright side February 6, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I accept that Elliot Smith's songs is very good. But, I like Danny Elfman's score more than it. We can listen only two pieces of score, but it semms to be enough. I think "Main Title", and "Weepy Donut" is good music which express Will's mind better than Elliot's songs... Overall, It's good soundtrack.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect
this is great ride along music and the quality of the CD and case were very good too, thanks. !!
Published 8 months ago by Eddie Lechuga
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Will Hunting soundtrack
The music takes me back to the movie. The movie touched me greatly; one of my all-time favorites. That's it
Published 10 months ago by R M
5.0 out of 5 stars soundtrack gem
This is one of the few various artist soundtracks that I can listen to again and again, my enjoyment never lessening. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Donald E. Gilliland
5.0 out of 5 stars Music CD
I received my order within 3 days of ordering. I ordered close to the holidays and did not expect to receive it right away but was certainly thrilled with such prompt service... Read more
Published on January 27, 2010 by Daina
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite soundtracks
I saw the movie on TV the other day and had to linger for a few moments in my busy day to sit down and soak it in again. Read more
Published on March 3, 2009 by P. Opus
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes this has Miss Misery!
This contains a great collection of Elliot Smith songs including his best songs ever written: "Between the Bars" and "Miss Misery. Read more
Published on November 11, 2007 by J. Bliss
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Done
Great soundtrack...

I love Elliot Smith's voice and style of writing.... these songs are so very sad... Read more
Published on January 13, 2007 by D. Wood
4.0 out of 5 stars nearly priceless.
The Good Will Hunting Soundtrack is just one of a couple Elliott Smith albums (you know what I mean) I did not own before yesterday. Read more
Published on October 28, 2003 by Annette Schott
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall theme of tragedy... well thought out soundtrack.
Great soundtrack to a great movie! The Elliot Smith selections seem to perfectly reflect the tragedy within the drama, a lonely pop track by Luscious Jackson, "Why Do I... Read more
Published on September 9, 2002 by J. C. Carmichael
5.0 out of 5 stars A Moving Soundtrack
One of my favorite soundtracks and goes perfect with the film. Elliot Smith and Danny Elfman has done such a brilliant job with the score/soundtrack, it's just great. Read more
Published on July 29, 2002 by Brian Jaszkowiak
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