Bruce Broughton

The Prodigal

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After a long hiatus spent working in television, composer Bruce Broughton returned to feature filmmaking with 1983's The Prodigal, an intimate and often affecting score rich in nuance. Despite electronic elements that have not aged well, the music boasts a spirit and energy that remain fresh. Broughton eschews large-scale theatrics in favor of small-scale simplicity, favoring light, pop-inspired arrangements that summon power from their uncommon elegance. Intrada Special Editions' 2005 reissue features over 15 minutes of bonus material, including source music and several alternate takes.