Michael Caton-Jones and I had worked together already on Doc Hollywood. Having read the book This Boy's Life - Tobias Wolff's memoir of childhood with an abusive stepfather - I was looking forward to working on the film. They'd cast Robert DeNiro as the stepfather and were looking for a young actor who could hold his own on screen, and stand up to DeNiro on set. Michael found an eighteen-year-old who fit the bill named Leonardo DiCaprio.
The music generally plays the film from the boy's point of view - variously pensive, frustrated, and escapist. It expresses the boy's mental freedom even while phyiscally trapped, and it often plays off the vast landscapes that mirror that contradiction.
Playing the intimacy of the family and volunerability of the boy is acoustic guitar, played beautifully by Fred Hand.
Directed by Michael Caton-Jones
Written by Tobias Wolff (book), Robert Getchell
Produced by Art Linson
Starring Robert DeNiro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Barkin, Eliza Dushku, Chris Cooper, Tobey Maguire
Released April, 1993
The score to This Boy's Life was never released separately from the film. Here are some examples from the score:
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