05/10/2022
alan robert murray yellowstone season 1 sound editor

Alan Robert Murray Leaves a Legacy through His Works

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Starting from First Love to Cry Macho (108 credits according to IMDB), he has engraved his name on the Oscar list through his works. The works that can be an inspiration to many next-gen filmmakers are the deed of his spectacular career. This proves his mastery in the sound editing department. Yellowstone Season 1 sound editor Alan Robert Murray is no more but his works are everlasting. He passed away on 24th February 2021. The reason is not widely circulated. He was 66. 

Viewers who have already seen Yellowstone can connect with this name because the team from the latest Taylor Sheridan series has given him tribute through the end credit. Alan Robert Murray is the most-nominated sound editor with 10 Oscar nominations in his life. He is known for winning two academy awards, one for Letters from Iwo Jima (2007) and the other one for American Sniper (2015). 

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Both awards were jointly given. Though we don’t come to know many things in detail about his life, there are a few crucial completed milestones circulating on the internet. Murray started his career with the mentorship of Howard Beals under Cecil B. DeMille’s directorship. With 32 collaborations between him and Clint Eastwood, he made his consistent place in the industry. This is surprisingly a notable mention for any creative person in the film industry.

Let’s look at some of his best works throughout his lifelong career in the film industry.

  1. Ladyhawke (1986)

The movie that first gave him an Oscar nomination is Ladyhawke. It tells the story of a thief who comes to know the secret of the warrior and his lady. He goes on to help them by overcoming the bishop’s curses.  

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  1. Lethal Weapon 2 (1990)

It’s a very popular action film starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover which became a franchise as well. The story is about two LAPD cops taking over the drug dealers in the city. The only Academy Award nomination in sound editing this film received.

  1. Eraser (1997)

Another film that received an Oscar nomination in sound editing only is specifically a Schwarzenegger film. When a U.S Marshal is fighting against an illegal dealing, another player in the department is helping as an insider.   

  1. Space Cowboys (2001)

It’s an adventure drama featuring an ensemble cast such as Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, James Garner, and others. A collaboration between Eastwood and Murray lead the film to receive an Oscar nomination in sound editing. It’s a story about 4 ex-test pilots going on a mission to space to repair an old Soviet satellite. 

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  1. Letters from Iwo Jima (2007)

The first film that gave Murray an Oscar win as a sound editor. It’s a Japanese language film with Clint Eastwood at the helm of the boat. The story follows the Battle of Iwo Jima told from the Japanese perspective.  

  1. Flags of Our Father (2007)

The same year Murray received another Oscar nomination for his contribution to this film which is a companion piece to Letters from Iwo Jima. The story depicts the same Battle of Iwo Jima, specifically the aftermath of it.    

  1. American Sniper (2015)

The second Oscar win for Murray came through American Sniper, another collaboration between Eastwood and Murray. The story follows the war in Iraq in 2003 and its effect of it on militaries. 

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  1. Sicario (2016)

A moral FBI agent goes on a mission to bring down the powerful Mexican Drug cartel. Directed by Dennis Villeneuve, the film received huge appreciation along with box office success. It features Benicio Del Toro, Emily Blunt, and Josh Brolin in the lead. 

  1. Sully (2017)

It’s an autobiographical drama starring Tom Hanks as Sullenberger. The film follows the safe emergency landing of US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River. Only one Oscar nomination in sound editing for this controversial film. 

  1. Joker (2020)

The nomination which started with Ladyhawke ended with one of the highly talked about films of the year, Joker. It’s a story of Arthur Fleck, a failed clown who chooses the path of nihilism. The film received a huge box office and critical success with 11 nominations.  

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Some of his other popular films are Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Grease, Escape from Alcatraz, Million Dollar Baby, etc. The contribution of Alan Robert Murray in Yellowstone Season 1 received a positive response. A beginner filmmaker needs to learn the art of filmmaking. His works will provide lessons for the next generation.


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Rabi Chatterjee

My love for films grew from the initial period of theatre life. Since then, I have become a big film-addicted person. After finishing almost over 4k movies in various languages, I see films as a remedy for the psychological well-being of a person. Watching movies, especially good movies is like experiencing life through someone else. Founder at Filmo Maniac

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