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Soundtrack review: Mrs. Winterbourne (Patrick Doyle, 1996)

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Soundtrack review: Mrs. Winterbourne (Patrick Doyle, 1996)


“Mrs. Winterbourne” is a romantic comedy / drama. I haven’t seen the movie, but I can pretty much get what it’s about by listening to the score.

Patrick Doyle wrote a score that combines moody jazz cues with orchestral adventures. When I listen to it I get the vibe of tens of romantic comedies I’ve seen and heard before. “Where’s my baby”, for example, is a textbook rom com “worry” cue… a few piano notes and a quiet flute mark the character’s fear that he/she might have lost his object of interest.

Jazz cues like “Connie and Steve’s life”,  “Homeless blues” or “Steve’s back” are good to listen to, but I’m not a fan of the genre so I forget them as soon as they are over… I’m more interested in cues like “Train to Boston” or “Ride to the mansion”, more adventurous and fun. Still even those have a staying power of only a few minutes. “Remembering New York” is more interesting than the other jazz cues because it feels a little more alive and I get what it wants to tell me.

For me, “Mrs. Winterbourne” was too generic and not at all interesting. I didn’t recognize the usual Patrick Doyle brilliance, with the exception of bits from “Dead Steve”. This was a score like many other similar scores and not one I will listen to again… But, as always, Patrick Doyle nails the end, and even in a score like this, I found my favorite cue at the end. “Connie’s song” is bittersweet and beautiful, and the violin gets to me…

Cue rating: 64 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 6 / 33

Album excellence: 18%

Cues to listen to:

Train to Boston

Connie’s song


Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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