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    I saw the film Casper when it first premiered in 1995. The movie itself was good, but not great or memorable, yet the beautiful, nostalgic soundtrack by James Horner still pops up in my head now and then.




    I'm sure many feel the same was about Titanic (1997). I found that 'big darn love story' unrealistic and saccharin even at age 12-ish, but it's hard to imagine anyone disliking the soundtrack. It seems primarily dedicated to all of the Irish casualties, though the main characters are not Irish. James Horner seemed to have a better perspective on the story than the filmmakers.


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    I think that many James Bond movies particularly the ones with Roger Moore have awesome soundtracks compared to the original film. Case in point, Carly Simon's song "The Spy Who Loved Me" is much better than the movie methinks.

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    The Last Temptation of Christ. Not a very good film but the soundtrack is epic. Shame the film couldn't live up to the trailer.

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    I can think of many films where the sound track trumps the movie.

    One of my favorites is Jerry Goldsmith's score for the Blue Max.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loge View Post
    The Last Temptation of Christ. Not a very good film but the soundtrack is epic. Shame the film couldn't live up to the trailer.
    Although I greatly enjoyed the film - I agree the soundtrack is great. Probably my favourite from Peter Gabriel and I like his stuff a lot.
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    Director John Carpenter's score for 'Halloween' is one that comes to my mind. Perhaps to a lesser extent, 'Chariots of Fire' by Vangelis.
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    I would say almost any film about Beethoven.

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    James Horner: Willow, Krull, and The Rocketeer.

    John Williams: Midway and The Fury.

    Bernard Herrmann: Sisters, Obsession, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Beneath the Twelve Mile Reef, and Farenheit 451

    Jerry Goldsmith: The Outland, Night Crossing, King Arthur, and Capricorn One.

    John Debney: Cutthroat Island

    Miklos Rozsa: Time After Time, Knights of the Round Table, The Plymouth Adventure, and Sodom and Gomorrah

    Elliot Goldenthal: Final Fantasy

    Erich Wolfgang Korngold: The Constant Nymph

    Elmer Bernstein: Heavy Metal and Zulu Dawn
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marschallin Blair View Post

    Farenheit 451
    Are you really suggesting that Farenheit 451 isn't a great movie?
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    Honourable mention The Big Gundown 1966. Never seen it, but the film can't be as epic as its' Morricone soundtrack. Oh my, makes you want to ride a horse guns blazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The nose View Post
    Are you really suggesting that Farenheit 451 isn't a great movie?
    I was thinking why the The Day the Earth Stood Still is considered an ungreat film. I attended the world science fiction convention in Toronto in 2003. Someone took a survey of the greatest sci-fi films of the 20th Century. I remember the top four:

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    Bladerunner
    Forbidden Planet
    The Day the Earth Stood Still


    The Day the Earth Stood Still is a great film with a great soundtrack. In their own way each of the films had great soundtracks.
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    The Day the Earth Stood Still has always been a great film and remains one. Well, in my opinion anyway, and that's (obviously) good enough for me!


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    I love Titanic, and I think it's the greatest film ever made, all things considered. And its soundtrack is considered, though not amongst my favorites.

    Re soundtrack faves, I usually liked what Fellini used, and Kubrick. Bladerunner. Much of Mancini, which helped the many chick-flicks immeasurably. David Lean films, of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arpeggio View Post
    I was thinking why the The Day the Earth Stood Still is considered an ungreat film.
    Some striking moments, but tediously talkative - like being in a lecture about why Mankind Is So Wonderful Despite All His Faults - some unattractive characters (Sam Jaffe, Billy Gray) and an alien who was distinctly more a radio host than a being from another world. If you hadn't seen him step from the saucer, you wouldn't have thought he was extra-terrestrial!

    The music, however, was pretty good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The nose View Post
    Are you really suggesting that Farenheit 451 isn't a great movie?
    Nothing of the sort; merely that Herrmann exceeds Truffaut.
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