After a successfull collaboration on the sports film Hoosiers, composer Jerry Goldsmith and director David Anspaugh, teamed up again for Rudy. Like Hoosiers before it, Rudy has a very memorable musical score, that is emotionally charged and powerful.
The gentle theme is a great basis for the inspiring real life story of Rudy The music travels with Rudy as he tries to realize his dream and play Notre Dame football. The magic of the score is in its simplicity. The combination of flute, choral, strings and piano makes for great music that will be with you, long after you first hear it. The soundtrack is a great to listen to, as you try, and complete any task (like writing product reviews). It will make the job just fly by. The best part of the score is without a doubt the rousing cue called "The Final Game" The liner notes feature a word or two, from both the real life Ruettiger and Anspaugh, about Goldsmith's work; As well as photos from the scoring/recording sessions, and a few film pics
Under normal circumstances, my only complaint about the soundtrack might be its length, at 36:48. But the music is so good here...I can let that slide. The CD has 10 tracks and comes highly recommended.
Note: Folks who like the score to Rudy as much as I do, should also check out the film on DVD, it features an isolated music score track option. When used, you can hear the entire score, including music, not found on this CD