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).
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
The Tragedy of Macbeth
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.
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A four-star general and an eccentric scientist are trying to get the U.S. Space Force is ready for lift-off.
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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...
The Morning Show
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
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.
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 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...
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
The life of A.A is a behind the scenes story. Christopher Robin created Winnie the Pooh.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
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...
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.
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
A brother and sister are looking for their missing parents.
The Finest Hours
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.
In 1950s New York, a department-store clerk falls in love with an older, married woman.
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.
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...
A speaker is rejuvenated after meeting a woman.
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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...
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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
When a series of betrayals and misfortunes threatens to destroy their world, the new married bliss of Edward andBella Swan is cut short.
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'.
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
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 ...
The Blind Side
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
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
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, ...
Burn After Reading
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...
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.
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.
Lights, Action, Music
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
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
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....
Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus
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...
In the early 1970s, a fake biography of Howard Hughes was sold to a publishing house.
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 ...
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 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.
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...
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
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...
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 ...
The Man Who Wasn't There
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
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.
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?
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
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
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.
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
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 has a legendary Saturday hockey game. The hometown team will play the New York Rangers. There are quirky small-towners and millionaire athletes.
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 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
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.
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
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
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...
An FBI agent named Art Jeffries protects a nine-year-old boy who cracked the government's new "unbreakable" code.
The Spanish Prisoner
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
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, ...
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.
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...
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
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.
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.
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...
The Celluloid Closet
The evolution of the entertainment industry is shown in the documentary. One of the issues addressed is the demonization of the homosexual community.
A nice guy has just moved to New York and discovers that he has to share an apartment with a lot of people.
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...
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.
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.
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...
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...
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
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 ...
It Could Happen to You
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 ...
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
A business graduate is installed as the president of a manufacturing company as part of a stock scam.
And the Band Played On
The early fight with the AIDS epidemic was hampered by political infighting in the scientific community.
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
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
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
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
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 ...
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...
When he discovers his family's secrets, a young politician is investigating his own blackmailing.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Buffy is a typical high school cheerleader. When a strange man tells her she's been chosen by fate to kill Vampires, everything changes.
A morbid and tender love story that begins when a lonely girl drags home the naked body of a comatose, genital-less blonde woman.
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...
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...
A renowned New York playwright is offered a job in California to write for the movies.
Pass the Ammo
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
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...
A new kid moves into a neighborhood that is controlled by gangs and tries to teach them poetry.
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...
A Hero of Our Time
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...
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...