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    Discuss: Great Music From Not-So-Great Films

    I ran across an interesting article on Cinematical about lesser-known soundtracks that have great music. We all hear the blockbusters but there is terrific music from films that have not received the regonition they may have deserved.

    Below are a few and perhaps you'll share some unknown but great soundtracks.

    Theme from Dragonheart:



    From Seven Years in Tibet (John Williams)





    Do you have any favorites from unpopular, lackluster or forgotten films?

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    Right now, i only have dial up internet, but that music in Dragonheart was well the wait.

    Now i want to go to blockbuster and get the movie.

    I can't think of which ones at the moment but there were a lot of films that i loved just because of the soundtracks.

    The way music and film work together to draw you into the emotional depth of the story is what first sparked my interest in both. I remember as early as 5 years old being captivated by the movies, with their music, at the theater and also some television shows.

    That music from Dragonheart inspires me get mack to work on music.

    David

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    Re: Discuss: Great Music From Not-So-Great Films

    Some of these movies weren't so great, but the music of Basil Poledouris was always great!


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9meRcliFMU

    Films

    * Extreme Close-Up (1973)
    * Tintorera (1977)
    * Big Wednesday (1978)
    * The House of God (1980)
    * The Blue Lagoon (1980)
    * Summer Lovers (1982)
    * Conan the Barbarian (1982)
    * Red Dawn (1984)
    * Protocol (1984)
    * Conan the Destroyer (1984)
    * Making the Grade (1984)
    * Flesh & Blood (1985)
    * Iron Eagle (1986)
    * Cherry 2000 (1987)
    * No Man's Land (1987)
    * RoboCop (1987)
    * Split Decisions (1988)
    * Spellbinder (1988)
    * Farewell to the King (1989)
    * Wired (1989)
    * Quigley Down Under (1990)
    * The Hunt for Red October (1990)
    * Flight of the Intruder (1991)
    * White Fang (1991)
    * Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991)
    * Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991)
    * Wind (1992)
    * Robocop 3 (1993)
    * Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993)
    * Free Willy (1993)
    * On Deadly Ground (1994)
    * Serial Mom (1994)
    * Lassie (1994)
    * The Jungle Book (1994)
    * Free Willy 2 (1995)
    * Under Siege 2 (1995)
    * It's My Party (1996)
    * Celtic Pride (1996)
    * Amanda (1996)
    * The War at Home (1996)
    * Switchback (1997)
    * Breakdown (1997)
    * Starship Troopers (1997)
    * Les Miserables (1998)
    * Kimberly (1999)
    * For Love of the Game (1999)
    * Mickey Blue Eyes (1999)
    * Cecil B. DeMented (2000)
    * Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (2001)
    * The Touch (2002)
    * The Legend of Butch and Sundance (2003)

    [edit] Mini-series

    * Amerika (14-hour mini-series) (1987)
    * Lonesome Dove (8-hour mini-series) (1989) (Emmy Award Winner for Best Score)
    * Zoya (4-hour mini-series) (theme) (1995)

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    I like the theme to Rocketeer but the movie wasn't so great IMO.

    Steve Winkler

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    Wing Commander (David Arnold)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXoshRDXGKs

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    Robin Hood by Michael Kamen - hands down.
    -Keith Fuller

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    Brilliant music for pretty bad films, you say?

    Well, how about almost 90% off Jerry Goldsmith's output?

    The man had a knack for choosing turkeys.

    As a matter of fact, he on at least one occasion turned down a film which went on to garner Oscars (including one for the music, by John Williams.. who has a knack for choosing GOOD films).

    I can think of quite a few turkeys (and some "just not so good - even though not quite a turkey" films) with brilliant scores by Goldsmith:

    Supergirl

    The Secret of Nimh

    Legend (probably one of Goldsmith's masterpieces)

    The Sum of All Fears (the opening credits of which are, in my opinion, THE single most brilliant use of music for a film)

    Congo (wonderful pseudo-African music, plus a lush symphonic score)

    Mom and Dad Save the World (a BRILLIANT comedic score)

    Leviathan (one of those summer release shlock monster movies, again, with a brilliant score)

    Outland (come on.. a remake of "High Noon", set in space? But the music is to DIE for!)

    The Boys from Brazil (listen to him out-Strauss Richard Strauss himself)

    Damnation Alley (incredible score, to which he left out the violins and violas.. the whole thing is brass, cellos and basses, with woodwinds. And it WORKS!)

    And one film that got panned by critics, which *I* happen to enjoy immensely, and to which Goldsmith wrote another brilliant score:

    Twilight Zone: The Movie

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    And if I may.. I am SO sick of people ranting about Star Wars and Superman and other John Williams scores.. without EVER anyone mentioning what I believe to be HIS masterpiece: Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

    In this instance, excuse the divergence from the thread topic, the film is good, and the music is great, and neither get enough credit!

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    Re: Discuss: Great Music From Not-So-Great Films

    Best song for one of the worst movies was The Valley Of The Dolls Theme.

    Written by Andre& Dory Previn. Sung by the great Dionne Warwick.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozDJT...related&fmt=18

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    Re: Discuss: Great Music From Not-So-Great Films

    Anybody familiar with the greek composer Eleni Karaindrou?

    She's mostly known for her scores in Theo Angelopoulos' films. Her music has an "out of time" vibe to it, similar (but different) as in Arvo Part's music.

    Youtube has a bunch of videos of her music.

    NDEE

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    Quote Originally Posted by qccowboy View Post
    And if I may.. I am SO sick of people ranting about Star Wars and Superman and other John Williams scores.. without EVER anyone mentioning what I believe to be HIS masterpiece: Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
    I would say that E.T. was his masterpiece, but Close Encounters is very underrated.

    Also, the main reason John Williams always got the good films is because Spielberg will only use John Williams.
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