The Horse Whisperer
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Best Movie Soundtracks -1990s
12. The Horse Whisperer
Robert Redford’s story of unfilled rural romance told the story of Tom Booker (Redford), a man whose gift of being able to ‘talk’ to horses leads him to helping an injured girl and her horse, only to find himself falling in love with the girl’s mother. Thomas Nyman’s score skilfully merged orchestra, guitar and folk to conjure up images of vast prairies but underpinned with a sense of sadness and longing. Nyman wasn’t actually Redford’s first choice; John Barry, no stranger to soundtracking sweeping epics, wrote the original score, but Redford rejected his romantic orchestral work. Barry later released the unused music on his live album ‘The Beyondness of Things."