Carter Burwell

Carter Burwell

Known For: Sound · Birthday: 1955-11-18 (65 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: New York City, New York, USA

102 Movies · 4 TV shows

Also Known As: Carter Benedict Burwell

Biography

Carter Benedict Burwell (born November 18, 1954) is an American composer of film scores. He has consistently collaborated with the Coen brothers, having scored most of their films, including Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, No Country For Old Men, Burn After Reading, Hail, Caesar! and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. Burwell has also scored three of Todd Haynes's films, three of Spike Jonze's films, and all the films of Martin McDonagh. He has received Oscar nominations for Best Original Score for Haynes's Carol (2015) and McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017).

Early Life

Burwell was born in New York City, the son of Natalie (née Benedict), a maths teacher, and Charles Burwell, who founded Thaibok Fabrics, Ltd. He graduated from King School in Stamford, Connecticut with George Hofecker and other notables and Harvard College, where he was a cartoonist for The Harvard Lampoon.

Movies & TV shows

2021.

1 Movie
The Tragedy of Macbeth

The Tragedy of Macbeth

2021
A trio of witches give a prophecy that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself.

2020.

1 TV show
TV
Space Force

Space Force

6.48
2020
A four-star general and an eccentric scientist are trying to get the U.S. Space Force is ready for lift-off.

2019.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Missing Link

Missing Link

5.78
2019
Sir Lionel Frost considers himself to be the world's foremost investigator of myths and monsters. None of his peers seem to recognize this. Sir Lionel is going to the Pacific Northwest to prove the ex...
TV
The Morning Show

The Morning Show

6.67
2019
There is a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of the people who help America wake up in the morning, exploring the unique challenges faced by the men and women who carry out this daily televised ritu...
The Good Liar

The Good Liar

6.05
2019
Roy wants to make a mark on recently widowed Betty, worth millions. He wants to take it all. As the two draw closer, what should have been a simple scam takes on more significance.

2018.

2 Movies
Hunting Bigfoot

Hunting Bigfoot

2018
Professional Squatchers Huckleberry and Scott Chuck travel from the deep south to New York city to track down the mythical monster; Bigfoot.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

6.32
2018
The stories of six people were told at the end of the Civil War. Following the tales of a sharp-shooting songster, a wannabe bank robber, two weary traveling performers, a lone gold prospector, a woma...

2017.

3 Movies
Wonderstruck

Wonderstruck

7.33
2017
The story of a young boy in the Midwest is followed by a story of a young girl in New York fifty years later.
Goodbye Christopher Robin

Goodbye Christopher Robin

6
2017
The life of A.A is a behind the scenes story. Christopher Robin created Winnie the Pooh.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

6.07
2017
After seven months without a culprit in her daughter's murder case, the mother of a murder victim made a bold move, painting three signs with a controversial message directed at the town's revered chi...

2016.

4 Movies
Hail, Caesar!

Hail, Caesar!

5.5
2016
When a Hollywood star mysteriously disappears in the middle of filming, the studio sends their "fixer" to get him back. The story was inspired by the career of Eddie Mannix.
The Founder

The Founder

6.88
2016
Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California, met Ray Kroc, a salesman from Illinois. The brothers had a system of making food that was quick and easy to use...
The Family Fang

The Family Fang

2016
A brother and sister are looking for their missing parents.
The Finest Hours

The Finest Hours

5
2016
The Coast Guard made a daring rescue attempt off the coast of Cape Cod after a pair of oil tanker were destroyed during a storm in 1952.

2015.

4 Movies
Carol

Carol

6.75
2015
In 1950s New York, a department-store clerk falls in love with an older, married woman.
Mr. Holmes

Mr. Holmes

1
2015
The story is about a retired detective living in a village with his family. He is haunted by a 50-year old case. He only remembers fragments of the case because his memory is not what it used to be.
Legend

Legend

5
2015
Reggie Kray was a charming and volatile man who left his mark on the London Underworld in the 1960s. The siblings use violence to get what they want. With police Detective Leonard "Nipper" Read hot on...
Anomalisa

Anomalisa

5.6
2015
A speaker is rejuvenated after meeting a woman.

2014.

1 TV show
TV
Olive Kitteridge

Olive Kitteridge

6
2014
A look at a seemingly placid New England town that is actually wrought with crime and tragedy, all told through the lens of Olive, whose wicked wit and harsh demeanor mask a warm but troubled heart an...

2013.

1 Movie
The Fifth Estate

The Fifth Estate

6
2013
There was an irreparable rift between the two friends when it came to the growth and influence of the website.

2012.

2 Movies
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2

6
2012
The vampire clans gather to protect the child from a false allegation that puts the family in front of the Volturi.
Seven Psychopaths

Seven Psychopaths

8
2012
A struggling writer becomes entangled in the criminal world of Los Angeles after his friends kidnap a dog.

2011.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Mildred Pierce

Mildred Pierce

6
2011
During the Great Depression, an overprotective, self-sacrificing mother is separated from her husband, opening a restaurant of her own and falling in love with a man, all while trying to earn her daug...
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1

6.13
2011
When a series of betrayals and misfortunes threatens to destroy their world, the new married bliss of Edward andBella Swan is cut short.

2010.

3 Movies
True Grit

True Grit

6.57
2010
A 14-year-old girl sets out to catch the person who killed her father. The toughest U.S was hired by her. To help her. She was able to find a man with resilience. The man is named 'Rooster'.
Howl

Howl

2010
It's San Francisco in 1957, and an American masterpiece is put on trial. Howl, the film, recounts this dark moment using three interwoven threads: the tumultuous life events that led a young Allen Gin...
The Kids Are All Right

The Kids Are All Right

5.66
2010
Nic and Jules had children. When one of their children reaches a certain age, both kids go behind their mothers' backs to meet with the donor. The life of the father, two mothers and children becomes ...

2009.

3 Movies
The Blind Side

The Blind Side

6.5
2009
The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatised boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family, is told.
A Serious Man

A Serious Man

5.05
2009
In 1967, Larry Gopnik, a physics professor at a quiet Midwestern university, was told by his wife that she was leaving him. She fell in love with one of his friends.
Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are

10
2009
Max imagines running away from his mom and sailing to a far-off land where large talking beasts such as Ira, Carol, Douglas, the Bull, Judith and Alexander would crown him as their king, play rumpus, ...

2008.

3 Movies
Burn After Reading

Burn After Reading

7.54
2008
When a disc containing memoirs of a former CIA analyst falls into the hands of gym employees, Linda and Chad, they see a chance to make enough money for Linda to have life-changing cosmetic surgery. T...
Twilight

Twilight

6.15
2008
There is a love story between a vampire and a girl in a small town in the Pacific Northwest. It's a fatal move that endangers her own life because she can't stay away from him.
In Bruges

In Bruges

6.58
2008
Ray and Ken are waiting for their next mission. They have time to think and discuss their assignment while they are there. The mission is not what Ken expected.

2007.

3 Movies
Lights, Action, Music

Lights, Action, Music

2007
A journey through the meaning and relevance of film music. There are great, albeit brief, insights from some of the modern greats.
No Country for Old Men

No Country for Old Men

6.56
2007
Llewelyn Moss stumbles upon dead bodies, $2 million and a cache of heroin in a Texas desert, but methodical killer Anton Chigurh comes looking for it, with local sheriff Ed Tom Bell hot on his trail. ...
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

5.41
2007
When two brothers organize the robbery of their parents' jewelry store, the job goes terribly wrong, triggering a series of events that send them and their family hurtling towards a shattering climax....

2006.

2 Movies
Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus

Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus

2006
Diane Arbus is a housewife and mother who works as an assistant to her husband who is a photographer. She feels uncomfortable in her privileged world despite being respected. One night, a new neighbor...
The Hoax

The Hoax

2006
In the early 1970s, a fake biography of Howard Hughes was sold to a publishing house.

2004.

3 Movies
Kinsey

Kinsey

4
2004
Alfred Kinsey was driven to uncover the most private secrets of a nation. Kinsey's scientific endeavor soon takes on a personal relevance that leads to an unexpected journey into the mystery of human ...
The Ladykillers

The Ladykillers

8
2004
An eccentric, if not charming Southern professor and his crew pose as a band in order to rob a casino, all under the nose of his landlord.
The Alamo

The Alamo

2004
The 1836 standoff at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas was based on the battle between a group of Texan and Tejano men and Mexican dictator Santa Anna's forces.

2003.

1 Movie
Intolerable Cruelty

Intolerable Cruelty

10
2003
A gold digger married a womanizing Beverly Hills lawyer with the intention of killing her in the divorce.

2002.

4 Movies
The Rookie

The Rookie

1
2002
Jim Morris never made it out of the minor leagues before a shoulder injury ended his pitching career twelve years ago. Now a married-with-children high-school chemistry teacher and baseball coach in T...
Adaptation.

Adaptation.

5.67
2002
Nicolas Cage is Charlie Kaufman. The screenwriter was overwhelmed by feelings of inadequacy, sexual frustration, self-loathing, and his twin brother's screenwriting ambitions. Kaufman's life spins fro...
Searching for Paradise

Searching for Paradise

2002
There is a drama about a father who is dying and his daughter who is close to him. When he dies and leaves behind a surprising secret, Gilda's grief propels her to New York City with a video camera in...
S1m0ne

S1m0ne

1
2002
When a star walks off the film set, the career of a producer who is desperate for a hit is in danger. The first totally believable synthetic actress was created when the producer decided to create an ...

2001.

2 Movies
The Man Who Wasn't There

The Man Who Wasn't There

5.8
2001
There was a tale of murder, crime and punishment in the summer of 1949. Ed Crane, a barber in a small California town, is dissatisfied with his life, but he has a chance to change it because of his wi...
A Knight's Tale

A Knight's Tale

5.27
2001
When a knight dies suddenly, William Thather gets a chance at glory. William won't stop until he's crowned tournament champion, assuming matters of the heart don't get in the way.

2000.

4 Movies
Hamlet

Hamlet

2000
Hamlet's plight to avenge his father's murder in New York City is the subject of a modern day adaptation of Shakespeare's story.
What Planet Are You From?

What Planet Are You From?

6
2000
A planet with no emotion and no desire to reproduce by cloning plans to take over Earth from the inside by using a mechanical penis to fertilize an earthling and stay until the baby is born. Harold An...
Before Night Falls

Before Night Falls

2000
The life of famed Cuban poet and novelist Reinaldo Arenas, an artist who was vilified for his homosexuality in Cuba, is the subject of a powerful biopic that spans several decades.
Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2

Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2

4.98
2000
Young adults become fascinated by the events of the three missing filmmakers in Maryland, so they decide to go into the same woods and find out what actually happened.

1999.

6 Movies
The Corruptor

The Corruptor

1
1999
Danny is a young cop and Nick is a veteran. As the two try to stop a gang war in Chinatown, Danny gets more and more uneasy with the way Nick gets things done, even though he relies on Nick.
The World of Gods and Monsters: A Journey with James Whale

The World of Gods and Monsters: A Journey with James Whale

1999
Written, co-produced and co-directed by David J. Skal, THE WORLD OF GODS AND MONSTERS is a behind-the scenes chronicle of the making of the 1998 Academy Award-winning film GODS AND MONSTERS starring I...
Mystery, Alaska

Mystery, Alaska

2
1999
Mystery, Alaska has a legendary Saturday hockey game. The hometown team will play the New York Rangers. There are quirky small-towners and millionaire athletes.
Three Kings

Three Kings

7
1999
A group of American soldiers stationed in Iraq at the end of the Gulf War find a map they believe will lead them to a huge cache of stolen Kuwaiti gold hidden near their base, and they embark on a sec...
The General's Daughter

The General's Daughter

1999
The body of a soldier is found. Elizabeth Campbell was found on a Georgia military base and two investigators were ordered to solve her murder. What they uncover is not clear-cut. Campbell's life is s...
Being John Malkovich

Being John Malkovich

7.75
1999
An unsuccessful puppeteer named Craig found a portal into the head of an actor. The portal is a passion for anyone who wants to control another human body.

1998.

6 Movies
Velvet Goldmine

Velvet Goldmine

1
1998
Almost a decade has passed since Brian Slade left the spotlight of the London scene. Arthur Stuart is an investigative journalist. Stuart explores the larger-than-life stars who were once his idols an...
The Big Lebowski

The Big Lebowski

5.8
1998
Jeffrey 'The Dude' Lebowski, a Los Angeles slacker who only wants to bowl and drink White Russians, is mistaken for another Jeffrey Lebowski, a wheelchair-bound millionaire, and finds himself dragged ...
Gods and Monsters

Gods and Monsters

6
1998
James Whale's heyday as the director of "Frankenstein," "Bride of Frankenstein" and "The Invisible Man" is behind him. He lives a semi-recluse life with pictures from his past. When Hannah hires a han...
Mercury Rising

Mercury Rising

4.2
1998
An FBI agent named Art Jeffries protects a nine-year-old boy who cracked the government's new "unbreakable" code.
The Spanish Prisoner

The Spanish Prisoner

5.82
1998
An inventor of a secret process suddenly finds himself alone as both his friends and the corporation he works for turn against him.
The Hi-Lo Country

The Hi-Lo Country

6
1998
An intimate story of the enduring bond of friendship between two hard-living men, set against a sweeping backdrop of the American West after World War II. Pete and Big Boy are masters of the prairie, ...

1997.

6 Movies
Picture Perfect

Picture Perfect

6.2
1997
A young advertising executive's life becomes more complicated when she pretends to be engaged to a man she just met in order to impress her boss.
The Locusts

The Locusts

1997
She's had men fill her bed before. She knows that her life will never be the same. She unleash a torrent of forbidden passions and deadly secrets that will prove to Clay that the only thing darker and...
Assassin(s)

Assassin(s)

1997
Max, a young and passionless thief, was chosen by the old professional killer to be his successor as he was already dying.
Girls Night Out

Girls Night Out

1997
An unexpected and intimate exchange of secrets, dreams, and regrets takes place between strangers after a Manhattan gallery owner invites them up to his loft to see his Max Ernst work.
Conspiracy Theory

Conspiracy Theory

3.5
1997
A man obsessed with conspiracy theories becomes a target after one of them is true. He needs to figure out which theory it is in order to save himself.
The Jackal

The Jackal

5.67
1997
Hired by a powerful member of the Russian mafia to avenge an FBI sting that left his brother dead, a psychopathic hitman known only as The Jackal proves an elusive target for the people charged with t...

1996.

5 Movies
The Celluloid Closet

The Celluloid Closet

2
1996
The evolution of the entertainment industry is shown in the documentary. One of the issues addressed is the demonization of the homosexual community.
Joe's Apartment

Joe's Apartment

1996
A nice guy has just moved to New York and discovers that he has to share an apartment with a lot of people.
Fargo

Fargo

6.91
1996
Jerry sells cars in a small town. He has a plan. In order to get money from his father-in-law, he's going to hire two people to abduct his wife. When it's a snap, nobody will get hurt. Until people di...
The Chamber

The Chamber

1996
Adam Hall takes on the death row clemency case of his racist grandfather, Sam Cayhall, a former Ku Klux Klan member he has never met.
Fear

Fear

4.67
1996
A 16 year old girl takes up with a charming young man who quickly shows his colors when he beats a friend simply for walking with her and then goes crazy when she tries to break up with him.

1995.

4 Movies
Rob Roy

Rob Roy

6
1995
Rob Roy tried to lead his small town to a better future by borrowing money from the local nobility to buy cattle to herd to market. After the money was stolen, Rob was forced into a Robin Hood lifesty...
Two Bits

Two Bits

1995
It's a hot summer day in 1933 in South Philly, where 12-year old Gennaro lives with his widowed mom and his ailing grandpa, who sits outside holding tight to his last quarter, which he's promised to G...
Bad Company

Bad Company

3.75
1995
There is a dispute over a delivery of $50,000 in gold. They blackmail him into working for the Grimes Organization, which is set up as a private company for hire. The deal soured when Crowe blackmaile...
A Goofy Movie

A Goofy Movie

5.75
1995
Goofy is an embarrassment to his son, Max. When Max's prank on his high-school principal finally gets his crush, Roxanne, to notice him, he asks her on a date. Max's trouble at school convinces Goofy ...

1994.

3 Movies
It Could Happen to You

It Could Happen to You

4
1994
Charlie Lang is a New York City cop. Lang offered Yvonne Biasi half of the winnings of his lottery ticket when he realized he had no money to tip her. The ticket is worth $4 million. Lang proceeds to ...
Airheads

Airheads

5.67
1994
The Lone Rangers can't get anyone to play their demo tape because they have heavy-metal dreams. The solution is to hijack an AM rock station and hold the deejays hostage until they agree to broadcast ...
The Hudsucker Proxy

The Hudsucker Proxy

5.81
1994
A business graduate is installed as the president of a manufacturing company as part of a stock scam.

1993.

6 Movies
And the Band Played On

And the Band Played On

1993
The early fight with the AIDS epidemic was hampered by political infighting in the scientific community.
Kalifornia

Kalifornia

4
1993
A journalist duo go on a tour of serial killer murder sites with two friends, but one of them is a serial killer himself.
XXXtasy: Two Days in the Life of a Saint

XXXtasy: Two Days in the Life of a Saint

1993
A Polish immigrant go-go dancer dreams of Hollywood. A man living in his car dreams of redemption. They meet. A comical, at times brutal look at the American dream.
This Boy's Life

This Boy's Life

6
1993
In 1957, a son and mother flee the East and an abusive boyfriend to find a new life, and end up in Seattle, where the mother meets a polite garage mechanic. The boy was in trouble for hanging out with...
A Dangerous Woman

A Dangerous Woman

1993
Martha is living with her aunt. Martha's unusual trait is that she doesn't lie, a quality that leads to her getting fired from a dry-cleaning shop, thanks to the actions of the shifty Getso. Martha is...
Wayne's World 2

Wayne's World 2

5.79
1993
A message from Jim Morrison in a dream prompted cable access TV stars to put on a rock concert. Wayne is worried that a record producer is putting the moves on his girlfriend, and that another person ...

1992.

4 Movies
Waterland

Waterland

1992
The story of a mentally anguished high school history teacher going through a complete reassessment of his life. His method for re-examining his life is to narrate it to his class and include three ge...
Storyville

Storyville

1992
When he discovers his family's secrets, a young politician is investigating his own blackmailing.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

3.5
1992
Buffy is a typical high school cheerleader. When a strange man tells her she's been chosen by fate to kill Vampires, everything changes.
Transeltown

Transeltown

1992
A morbid and tender love story that begins when a lonely girl drags home the naked body of a comatose, genital-less blonde woman.

1991.

3 Movies
Scorchers

Scorchers

1991
A wedding is being held in the Cajun town of Bayou La Teche. Splendid wants to maintain her innocence on the wedding night. Splendids' cousin has some issues of her own. The hooker is sleeping with he...
Doc Hollywood

Doc Hollywood

5.14
1991
Washington D.C. After leaving, it was left. Ben Stone will have a lucrative practice in Beverly Hills after he leaves for California. He was sentenced to perform as the community's general doctor afte...
Barton Fink

Barton Fink

6.19
1991
A renowned New York playwright is offered a job in California to write for the movies.

1990.

1 Movie
Miller's Crossing

Miller's Crossing

5.95
1990
Set in 1929, a political boss and his advisor fall in love with the same woman.

1989.

2 Movies
Funny

Funny

1989
People are asked to tell their favorite jokes.
Checking Out

Checking Out

1989
After his best friend died of a heart attack, Ray Macklin became obsessed with his own mortality. Ray's life turned into a slapstick farce of health-crazed anxiety and hypochondria after he was convin...

1988.

3 Movies
Pass the Ammo

Pass the Ammo

1988
A corrupt television preacher and his congregation are held hostage by a woman, her lover, and her two cousins in an attempt to avenge the theft of her inheritance. The televangelist industry is disho...
It Takes Two

It Takes Two

1988
A saleswoman convinces a man to buy a fancy sports car when he is about to marry a woman. The car looks good, but it's not. Jonni and Travis hit the road to confront the crooked car dealer because the...
The Beat

The Beat

1988
A new kid moves into a neighborhood that is controlled by gangs and tries to teach them poetry.

1987.

1 Movie
Raising Arizona

Raising Arizona

5.98
1987
The story of an absurd yet likable family is told by the Coen Brothers. One of the most memorable chase scenes to date has to do with the couple getting themselves into trouble while kidnapping a baby...

1986.

1 Movie
Psycho III

Psycho III

5.31
1986
Norman Bates is still running his little motel, and he has kept the dressed skeleton he calls 'mother'. One day a nosey journalist comes to see him to ask questions about his past.

1985.

1 Movie
A Hero of Our Time

A Hero of Our Time

1985
Loosely based on a section of Mikhail Lermontov's classic Russian novel of the same title, the film involves a displaced cowboy (played by Kevin Jarre, the screenwriter of Rambo), a sociopathic record...

1984.

1 Movie
Blood Simple

Blood Simple

2.33
1984
The owner of a seedy small-town Texas bar discovers that one of his employees is having an affair with his wife. There is a chain of misunderstandings and lies after he makes a plan to have them murde...

Unknown Year.

1 Movie
Catherine, Called Birdy

Catherine, Called Birdy

The adventures of a teenage girl in Medieval England as she navigates through life and tries to avoid arranged marriages her father maps out for her.
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