Saint Ralph

A Movie ReelSaint Ralph: 8 out of 10.

Last night, I finally watched "Saint Ralph". I first wrote about this movie last August when I learned The Tragically Hip's Gord Downie recorded a cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" for the movie. Jeff Buckley's cover of Cohen's "Hallelujah" is one of my ten tracks and The Hip is my favourite band, so it's natural I'd be interested in this tune.

It turns out it doesn't just have a cool soundtrack but it's a fantastic little Canadian film. Adam Butcher as Ralph Walker is charming as all hell, the visuals of 1950s Hamilton are great and the story is sweet and inspiring all at once. I loved it and highly recommend it.

Now, back to the soundtrack. The use of Downie's vocals during the climatic scene are chilling. It's perfect, as if that song had been written to be sung by that man during that race. There are other great contributions from Canadian artists as well. "Dark Angel", performed by Blue Rodeo and featuring Sarah McLachlan works perfectly, "You Came Along" by Joel Plaskett Emergency is great and "Up The Road" from Ron Sexsmith is haunting. A tremendous non-Canadian contribution is "Goodnight Moon" by little known Will Kimbrough. With great tunes like these from great artists, why is the "Saint Ralph" soundtrack non-existent?

In typical Canadian fashion, a sweet Canadian movie with an exceptional soundtrack comprised of mainly Canadian acts doesn't see the light of day. It's a damn shame, but in the meantime, my Hallelujah hunt continues...


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jo

I too am looking for this song...Hallelujah, great movie, even better song...why not release it? It is so much better than the garbage on the radio!

May 6, 2006 @ 12:39 AM

don

I just saw Saint Ralph. Great movie and Gord Downie's rendition of Cohen's Hallelujah was a perfect fit for the movie. I'm looking for it too for download. Let me know when you find it and I'll do likewise.

May 6, 2006 @ 1:27 AM

jay wilson

jeff buckley's version is on a soundtrack to the tv show (THE OC)

August 12, 2006 @ 8:13 AM

Mike Boon

Yep. Buckley's version is also on his Grace album.

If anyone hit this page looking for Downie's version, go here!

August 12, 2006 @ 9:42 AM

Pat J

I absolutely loved this film. I should see if it's on DVD yet.

February 1, 2007 @ 7:43 PM

bo

have they released the soundrtrack yet

January 16, 2008 @ 11:14 PM

Toronto Mike

No, I've been promised advance warning when it's going to be released and I promise to announce it here.

For all entries on this topic, you want to bookmark http://www.torontomike.com/gord_downies_hallelujah/ .

January 17, 2008 @ 8:59 AM


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