• The new Carpenters recording with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is now available. Use this link to order, and help us out at the same time. Thank you!

carpenters in movies

Martin Medrano

Active Member
Thread Starter
hi everyone after watching the scene from tommy boy where chris Farley is singing superstar in the car. I found another video where superstar is used and its in ghost rider i enjoyed that scene. do y'all know of anymore movies where the carpenters are mentioned through their music


 

tomswift2002

Well-Known Member
I remember in the trailer for the 2002 movie “Anger Management”, they got a mention by the one character saying “The Carpenters are anger music?” while holding a copy of the 69-73 album. I’ve got the DVD, but I still haven’t watched it (and I’ve had the DVD for like 15 years!).

On the other hand the “Superstar” track from the 1994 tribute album “If I Were A Carpenter” was in the movie ‘Juno’.
 

Portlander

Well-Known Member
In Anger Management Jack Nicholson pulls out Adam Sandler's Carpenters "Singles" CD and says "I don't want you listening to any angry music. Adam then says, the Carpenters are angry? I mean.... Then Jack says, don't be naive Dave. Close to You, We've Only Just Begun, songs of madness and obsession!
 

Martin Medrano

Active Member
Thread Starter
In Anger Management Jack Nicholson pulls out Adam Sandler's Carpenters "Singles" CD and says "I don't want you listening to any angry music. Adam then says, the Carpenters are angry? I mean.... Then Jack says, don't be naive Dave. Close to You, We've Only Just Begun, songs of madness and obsession!
Does anyone have the clip i want to see it.
 

Geographer

Well-Known Member
In Anger Management Jack Nicholson pulls out Adam Sandler's Carpenters "Singles" CD and says "I don't want you listening to any angry music. Adam then says, the Carpenters are angry? I mean.... Then Jack says, don't be naive Dave. Close to You, We've Only Just Begun, songs of madness and obsession!
I remember that scene and wondering why they didn't say "Hurting Each Other" was "angry music."
 

AM Matt

Well-Known Member
I thought that The Glass Bottle "I Ain't Got Time Anymore" (September 1971 & # 36 on Billboard Top 40 & one hit wonder) was an angry song in my opinion!!! "Hurting Each Other" is not an angry song.
 

Another Son

Well-Known Member
Carpenters' 'We've Only Just Begun' was in the hit Australian movie, 'Muriel's Wedding', in 1994. The song sounded incredible coming out of the cinema speakers and Karen's voice sounded spectacular.

I just bought the version of the soundtrack that has Carpenters on it. I've also seen a version that doesn't have them on it. The one that does include them is on Polydor - 525 128-2, marketed in Australasia by PolyGram under exclusive licence.

At the 1994 Australian Film Institute Awards, 'Muriel's Wedding' won four categories, which were Best Film, Best Actress, (Toni Collette), Best Supporting Actress, (Rachel Griffiths, who played Hilary du Pre in 'Hilary and Jackie', was in the ABC drama series, 'Brothers & Sisters', and also was in 'My Best Friend's Wedding), and Best Sound.

'Muriel's Wedding' also won the Australian Performing Rights' Association award for Best Film Score, (Peter Best).

It won two Film Critics Circle of Australia awards - Best Actor, Female, (Toni Collette) and Best Supporting Actor, Female, (Rachel Griffiths).

It won the Mercedes Benz Audience Award at the Chicago International Film Festival.

The movie was the eighth-biggest-grossing movie in Australia in 1994 and netted about 16 million dollars in Australian cinemas, which, apparently, is equivalent to about $27 million in today's money.

In the United States, the movie grossed about $15 million.

I couldn't believe it when Carpenters' 'We've Only Just Begun' blasted around the cinema when I saw the movie shortly after it was released. In the past, Richard called Karen's voice 'phonogenic' and said that it sounded great over radios and transistors. It is also very cinemagenic, as you who have attended various Carpenters conventions, or who saw 'Calling Occupants' in theatres back in the '70s, would know.

I think I once watched a DVD version of 'Muriel's Wedding' and 'We've Only Just Begun' wasn't on it. I also suspect it wasn't on overseas cinema releases of the movie, but I'm not sure.
 

Another Son

Well-Known Member
I found this, under a post about 'Muriel's Wedding' music credits from Oz Movies:-

"We've Only Just Begun"
(Williams/Nichols), Published by Irving Music Inc./Woolnough Music. Used with permission of Rondor Music Australia Pty Ltd.

Perhaps that holds the answer. The producers may have been allowed to use Carpenters' recording in Australia-only showings of the movie through getting permission from the Australian publishers of the song. Maybe they didn't have permission outside Australia - but it seems that it would have been a hassle to have to re-edit the movie for the overseas market, just for one song. It does seem that's what happened, though.

I guess they would have had to get permission from Richard, as well - but perhaps he didn't allow them to use the song outside Australia, for some reason.

Apparently, they only got permission from Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson to use the ABBA songs the week before shooting began.
 
Top Bottom