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The Forgotten Man




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Stars:  Anne Francis, James Hong, Lois Nettleton, Dennis Weaver

Director:  Walter E. Grauman

Producer:  Philip Barry

First Broadcast:  September 14, 1971

Story:  Reported dead in Viet Nam, a soldier miraculously returns to find his wife remarried. His mind is plagued with memories of his captivity, and the difficulty adjusting to the changes which have occurred at home in his absence.



Dave Grusin's feeling for Asian music and its expressive percussive instruments was revealed early in his scoring career - in the opening moments of this thoughtful exploration of the distressed mind of a soldier returned home from imprisonment in Viet Nam.



Music is extremely important in “The Forgotten Man,” being used to give stark intensity to the moments of psychological terror the protagonist experiences as ordinary scenes are transformed before his eyes into relived moments of capture, interrogation, brainwashing and escape.  

Dennis Weaver

These sequences not only intermingle a jarring and concentrated assortment of percussion to indicate his torment, but are interwoven with Oriental flute and other exotic instruments to accentuate the source of his mental disintegration, as western faces become Asian.

In addition to the effective portrayal of his mental torture, there are numerous moments which are enhanced by music - such as the short and simple solo which perfectly captures his loneliness in the hotel room, leading to his first outburst.  There is also a meaningful integration of the strident panic motifs into orchestral scoring of action scenes at the end.

Music Editor:  Rocky Moriana



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