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Harry Gregson-Williams' The Number 23
19-Mar-2007 -

First it takes hold of your mind...then it takes hold of your life.

Jim Carrey makes a rare dramatic turn for the film The Number 23. The film, which was directed by Joel Schumacher, features a soundtrack composed by Harry Gregson-Williams (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, Shrek). This film marks Gregson-Williams’ third collaboration with the director.

Animal control officer Walter Sparrow (Jim Carrey) has found a book he doesn’t dare put down. By reading the mysterious novel “The Number 23” given to him as a birthday gift by his wife Agatha (Virginia Madsen) Walter twists his once placid existence into an inferno of psychological torture that could possibly lead him to his death or that of his loved ones. All this because of The Number 23.

Harry Gregson-Williams is one of Hollywood’s most sought after composers, working on a variety of high-profile projects, both animated and live-action. Born in England to a musical family, Gregson-Williams earned a scholarship from the music school of St. John’s College in Cambridge at the age of seven. By age 13, he had been a soloist on over a dozen records, and then earned a coveted spot at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He started his film career as an orchestrator and arranger for composer Stanley Myers, and went on to compose his first scores for the veteran English director, Nicolas Roeg. Gregson-Williams’ initiation in to Hollywood film scoring was then facilitated by his collaboration and friendship with Oscar®-winning composer Hans Zimmer.

It was 1997’s Smilla’s Sense of Snow that earned Gregson-Williams international acclaim, followed by 1998’s Antz, which he co-wrote with John Powell. Since then Gregson-Williams has generated an extensive body of work that includes the scores for Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Domino, Kingdom of Heaven, Veronica Guerin, Shrek, Shrek 2, Chicken Run and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe and Grammy. He most recently composed the scores for Déjà Vu, Shrek the Third, and Seraphim Falls.

The New Line Records soundtrack is available from

The UK-release comes from Silva Screen Records.

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