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Favorite (non-John Williams) movie score.

Discussion in 'Star Wars And Film Music' started by Q187, Mar 26, 2001.

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  1. Happy Ninja

    Happy Ninja Jedi Knight star 6

    Mar 20, 2000
    Star Trek: The Motion Picture - 20th Anniversay Special Edition. (Jerry Goldsmith)

    Brilliant work, truly worth listening to even if you hate Star Trek - Trust me!
  2. Son of the Suns

    Son of the Suns Administrator Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    May 6, 1999
    "As for the topic... I really can't decide right now."

    I've been listening to more non-JW scores lately, and I'd have to say that my current favorite is Braveheart by James Horner.
  3. Happy Ninja

    Happy Ninja Jedi Knight star 6

    Mar 20, 2000
    Braveheart wasn't bad. I like the bit where all the Scots are just standing there in a line, looking out at the English beyond, and there is that mad drumming - That is just cool, plain and simple.
  4. Son of the Suns

    Son of the Suns Administrator Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    May 6, 1999
    Yeah. I also love the last two tracks of the CD. That angelic female choir makes the main theme even more beautiful.
  5. SioBibble

    SioBibble Jedi Youngling

    Mar 29, 2001
    Hello guys???!! ?[face_plain]
    What about Rocky? I know the movie isn't all that. But the score is excellent! I'm talking Rocky I & II here.
  6. emilsson

    emilsson Jedi Grand Master star 6

    Oct 5, 1998
    Gladiator. I love Now We are Free (track 17) because it is so dreamily hopeful.
  7. waheennay

    waheennay Jedi Padawan star 4

    Sep 29, 2000
    Favorite non-Williams score is ZULU.
  8. Trippitaka

    Trippitaka Jedi Youngling star 2

    Jun 22, 2000
    I've always like James Horner's Wrath of Khan score. Search for Spock was OK, but more or less just a rehash.
  9. Happy Ninja

    Happy Ninja Jedi Knight star 6

    Mar 20, 2000
    I have the Wrath of Khan score, and I think it's Horner's best work.

    If you also pay attention to the TWOK score, and listen to all his others, you can DEFINETLY tell that he borrows everything from that soundtrack!

    I even played a piece track from TWOK and a track from Aliens that sounds identical to a friend of mine, who is also a film music buff, and even he couldn't tell which one was which!

    Rocky was a good film! Got Best Picture at the '76 Oscars!
  10. Whimper

    Whimper Jedi Master star 4

    May 11, 1999
    You may start to notice a pattern here, pay it no attention.

    Batman - Danny Elfman
    Edward Scissorhands - Danny Elfman
    Dolores Clairborne - Danny Elfman
    Darkman - Danny Elfman
    The Rock - Hans Zimmer
    Braveheart - James Horner
    Taxi Driver - Bernard Herman
    The Godfather - Nino Rota
    The Red Violin - John Corigliano
    City of Angels - Gabriel Yared
    American Beauty - Thomas Newman
  11. HandmaidenAnde

    HandmaidenAnde Jedi Youngling star 3

    Feb 25, 2001
    Although he doesn't even come close to John Williams, I do love a lot of Horner's work. My favorite non-Williams soundtracks are all by him: Glory, Willow, and Apollo 13. Those scores are wonderful. Aliens can get me pumped up, but I don't really enjoy it as much outside of the film.

    I don't know if this would belong here, but another favorite of mine is The Sound of Music soundtrack. :)

    Andé...the humming handmaiden
  12. ursulasdad

    ursulasdad Jedi Youngling

    Apr 25, 2001
    I'm listening to Rudy by Jerry Goldsmith a lot lately. He's my second favorite composer behing Williams. First Knight is good as well.
  13. Silmarillion

    Silmarillion Manager Emerita/Ex RSA star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Jul 20, 1999
    The Dish - Edmund Choi
    X-Men - Michael Kamen
    The Shawshank Redemption - Thomas Newman
    Shichinin no samurai [The Seven Samurai] - Fumio Hayasaka
    Wo hu zang long [Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon] - Tan Dun
  14. Darth_Exfarious

    Darth_Exfarious Jedi Youngling

    Apr 14, 2001
    Imhotep-(Jerry Goldsmith)
  15. Sithman

    Sithman Jedi Grand Master star 7

    Jul 6, 1999
    Yay! Another person for U-571! That's my vote: U-571. Of course, since I'm only 14, i haven't seen HALF of these movies you guys are talking about (i.e. Braveheart).

    the sithiest J.E.D.I. around!
  16. JimWare

    JimWare Jedi Youngling

    Dec 12, 2000

    Krull (James Horner)


    Star Trek - The Motion Picture (Jerry Goldsmith). The complete bootleg of this beats the pants off the 20th anniversary edition. :)
  17. Happy Ninja

    Happy Ninja Jedi Knight star 6

    Mar 20, 2000
    Bootleg of what?
  18. VincentVega

    VincentVega Jedi Youngling

    Apr 28, 2001
    Any Burton movie that Danny Elfman scored.
    Evil Dead 1, 2 and Army of Darkness by Joespeh Duluca (sp?)
    Back to the Future by Alan Silvestri
  19. Q187

    Q187 Jedi Master star 4

    Jul 5, 2000
    Has anyone ever heard the soundtrack to the movie Gettysburg? It's awesome, so is the movie......
  20. Strilo

    Strilo Manager Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Aug 6, 2001
    I would have to say Braveheart. It remains Horner's most moving and well written score. And Titanic was nothing but a derivative work of this score.
  21. JWK

    JWK Jedi Master star 4

    Jul 18, 2000
  22. dehrian

    dehrian Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Mar 18, 1999
    Sil, tell me you didn't list the X-Men score. Please.

    Don't you guys listen to old stuff? Vertigo and The Adventures of Robin Hood are both fantastic.
  23. bright sith

    bright sith Jedi Knight star 5

    Aug 27, 1999
    d, look up at my initial post, you'll find Vertigo sitting there.

    Here are some others that come to mind this time around:

    Much Ado About Nothing, Patrick Doyle
    Henry V, Patrick Doyle
    The Legend of Bagger Vance, Rachael Portman
    The Mission, Ennio Morricone
    The Legend of 1900, Ennio Morricone
    Cinema Paradiso, Ennio Morricone
    Field of Dreams, James Horner
    Backdraft, Hans Zimmer
    Conan The Barbarian, Basil Poledouris
    The Godfather Part II, Nino Rota and Carmine Coppola
    Shadow of a doubt, Dimitri Tiomkin
    The Conversation, David Shire
    Unbreakable, James Newton Howard
    Batman, Danny Elfman
    Dances with Wolves, John Barry
    Somewhere In Time, John Barry
  24. Kesel

    Kesel Jedi Padawan star 4

    Sep 11, 1999
    I'm going to back up Silmarillion on his choice of the X-Men score. It doesn't have the memorable main theme like SW, but it supports the drama very well (Wolvering & Rogue on top of the Statue of Liberty) and has individual themes for some of the characters (Mystique in particular stands out).
    Overall though, I've got to go with the bulk of Basil Poledouris's work. Especially RoboCop, Starship Troopers, and Conan the Barbarian. Trevor Jones is good to (Dark City, Excalibur, Thirteen Days).
  25. Darth-Mauls-Torso

    Darth-Mauls-Torso Jedi Youngling star 3

    Feb 1, 2001
    Non Williams themes, hmmm?

    Titanic, James Horner
    Batman, Danny Elfman
    Gladiator, Hans Zimmer
    Aliens, James Horner
    The Green Mile, Thomas Newman
    Godzilla, David Arnold (It's a crap movie for sure, but it had a good monster movie score)
    The Mummy Returns, Alan Silvestri
    Jurassic Park III, Don Davis (kinda cheating, I know, but damn I love that JP theme!)
    The Thin Red Line, Hans Zimmer I think

    That is all. :)
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