2010s

Soundtracks of Cinema: ‘Belfast’

Belfast Soundtrack - Every Song in the 2021 Movie

The Belfast soundtrack includes music by Van Morrison, Ruby Murray and Love Affair. This info article contains spoilers for Kenneth Branagh’s 2021 movie. Check out Vague Visages’ Soundtracks of Cinema section for more music guides.

Belfast stars Jude Hill as Buddy, a nine-year-old who grows up during The Troubles in Northern Ireland. Caitríona Balfe and Jamie Dornan co-star as Ma and Pa, respectively, while Judi Dench and Ciarán Hinds round out the main cast as the young protagonist’s grandparents. The storyline follows the family as they collectively make a decision about their future. Musician Van Morrison scored the 97-minute film and recorded several tracks for the Oscar-nominated drama, which prominently features popular music from the 1960s. Here’s every song in Belfast.

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Belfast Soundtrack: Every Song in the 2021 Movie

Belfast Soundtrack - Every Song in the 2021 Movie

  • “Down to Joy” by Van Morrison (00:01:00): The Belfast soundtrack song scores the opening sequence. The camera pans over the H & W facility. The music continues during a city-themed montage.
  • “Star Trek Theme” by Alexander Courage (00:11:00): Buddy and Will (Lewis McAskie) watch television at home. Ma speaks with Granny (Dench). Star Trek’s Captain Kirk narrates on the TV show.
  • “Caledonia Swing” by Van Morrison (00:17:00): Frankie (Michael Maloney) speaks to people outdoors. Ma and Pa dance as a record plays. Moira (Lara McDonnell) informs Buddy that she can identify Catholics and protestants by their names.
  • “Cosmic Sequence,” “The Pteranondon” from One Million Years. B.C. by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation (00:22:00): Buddy visits a movie theatre. He watches an explosion on screen. Ma states that “Raquel Welch is a hell of an education.”
  • “Bright Side of the Road” by Van Morrison (00:28:00): Buddy heads to school. The Belfast soundtrack song plays as Catherine (Olive Tennant) watches him through a window. “Bright Side of the Road” scores a community montage sequence.
  • “Real Love” by Ruby Murray (00:31:00): Buddy has breakfast and talks with Will. Ma looks at bills as the song plays on the radio. Buddy watches his mother.
  • “Warm Love” by Van Morrison (00:32:00): Buddy looks through a window at school. He turns and smiles at Catherine. The music scores a montage featuring Ma, Pa, Granny and Pop (Hinds).
  • “Polly Wolly Doodle” by Cyril Mockridge from The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (00:35:00): Buddy and Will watch television. John Wayne’s Tom Doniphon spouts off to Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance. The Belfast soundtrack song continues as Will smiles.
  • “Jackie Wilson Said” by Van Morrison (00:36:00): Buddy earns second position in his class. He displays a big smile during a slo-mo sequence. Buddy grins at his crush Catherine, who repeatedly earns the first position spot in the movie.
  • “Do Not Forsake Me (Oh My Darlin’)” by Tex Ritter from High Noon (00:48:00): Ma sobs at home. Buddy watches a movie on television. The song is also featured at 01:17:00.
  • “Days Like This” by Van Morrison (00:52:00): The Belfast soundtrack song accompanies an outdoors sequence. Buddy plays basketball with his family and friends. He participates in a long jump competition. The family continues having fun at Grove Park as Ma speaks with Violet (Josie Walker).
  • “Stranded” by Van Morrison (00:59:00): Pa finishes a conversation with Ma. He leaves for the airport to begin a job in England. Buddy holds a ball in the street and stares at his mother.
  • “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” by the Original Motion Picture Cast (01:07:00): Buddy visits a movie theatre with his family. He sits with his mouth open during an action sequence. The Belfast soundtrack song scores a Christmas sequence.
  • “Carrickfergus” by Van Morrison (01:12:00): Pa leaves home as the track plays. He tells Buddy to go back to bed. Pa waves and leaves for a two-week work trip to England.
  • “Everlasting Love” by Love Affair (01:27:00): Pa performs on stage after his father’s funeral. He sings to his wife as Granny and company watch. The music fades during a transitional sequence.
  • “And the Healing Has Begun” by Van Morrison (01:33:00): The Belfast soundtrack song accompanies the end credits.

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The Belfast soundtrack also includes:

  • “The Quarrel” by Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington from High Noon
  • “Cliffhanger II” by Irwin Kostal

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.