Don McLean’s beloved hit “American Pie,” makes its way into the new AppleTV+ sci-fi movie Finch starring Tony and Golden Globe Award winner Tom Hanks. Hanks plays “Finch Weinberg,” a robotics engineer who builds an AI sidekick to take care of his companion canine after he’s gone. Finch’s relatable and vulnerable side is revealed as he sings “American Pie” to himself when he is lonely and while making his way through a dust storm that might lead to his death. The song holds a tight grip on viewers as an emotionally commanding theme song heard at both the beginning and end of the film.
“Hollywood has been very good to me this year! I recently received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and now the great music supervisors, based in Hollywood, have chosen my song American Pie to be in this movie,” says award-winning singer-songwriter Don McLean. “American Pie is one of those timeless classics that has so many meanings. I just love how multiple generations of music lovers are learning about the song.”
The placement of “American Pie” in Finch has accumulated plenty of attention, proving just how important a film’s soundtrack has on the theatrical appeal of a performance. Mentioned in Rollingstone.com, Chicago.SunTimes.com, News.Yahoo.com, Hollywoodreporter.com, Patriotledger.com, Indiewire.com, Rogersmovienation.com, CNET.com, Mashable, WSJ, and more, the bookend scenes which McLean’s “American Pie” is featured in, capture the attention of the audience for dramatic yet sentimental moments.