Quest for Love

Englishman Eric Rogers was born in 1921 and gained an appreciation for music at an early age. At thirteen years old, as a churchgoer, he was tutored in and played the church organ. During the Second World War, whilst in the RAF, Rogers played the piano, his ‘payment’ consisting of free beer and after the war; he put together his own orchestra...

The Color Purple

Steven Spielberg's movies have been notable for their lavish and ex­hilarating use of music. Although THE COLOR PURPLE is a thematic change of pace for him, it main­tained the strong use of musical scoring that has underlain all of his productions. Rather than the sweeping John Williams scores of films like JAWS, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS and E.T...

Invaders from Mars

Composer Christopher Young is, in the opinion of many, one of the most ex­citing young composers on the Hollywood scene. At the age of 28, Young has scored no less than 13 fea­ture films, among them THE POWER, DEF-CON 4, HIGH­POINT (re­plac­ing a score by John Ad­di­son) WHEELS OF FIRE, GET­TING EVEN, TOR­MENT...

Medicine Man

MEDICINE MAN is based on what was to be one of many ‘million-dollar screenplays’ of the time; it was directed by the acclaimed action director John McTiernan, who had previously helmed such solid thrillers as Predator and Die Hard. Sean Connery was executive producer as well as star, portraying Dr. Robert Campbell...

Robocop 2: Bass Metal

As often happens with successful films, in terms of box office receipts (particularly those of the science fiction and action variety), ROBOCOP returned to duty for a sequel in 1990. The title refers both to its status as a follow-up and the name of the second law enforcement cyborg in the film and it should have turned out better than it did...

Forever Young

There are many stories involving a central character who awakes after a long sleep. Let's see... we have Rip Van Winkle and Sleeping Beauty. Moving into the film medium, there are Gene Roddenberry’s pilots GENESIS II and PLANET EARTH, featuring the science of cryogenics and similarly, the Chuck Heston PLANET OF THE APES.

The Russia House

The Russia House was Jerry Goldsmith’s tonic after scoring Total Recall, which was a well-regarded score. The film allowed the composer to once again utilise his lyrical sensibilities and the score combines contemporary suspense music within a jazz idiom and also incorporates a Slavic texture. Although Goldsmith had scored virtually every genre...

Raintree County

Many hours of my child-and-young adulthood were spent in the movie theaters of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. This combined with a burgeoning interest in composition and music in general and film music in particular led to my early literary efforts to write seriously about the motion picture music of the late (and declining) Hollywood studio era...

The Omega Man

The Omega Man (1971) is based on author Richard Matheson’s classic novel I Am Legend. There had been a previously filmed version starring the late Vincent Price in 1964, an American-Italian co-production entitled THE LAST MAN ON EARTH [since publication of this article sixteen years ago, there has been a third version of the property...