The Musics for Legend

Few film scores have aroused such controversy among moviegoers as that of Ridley Scott's 1986 fantasy, LEGEND. Originally, Jerry Goldsmith provided a lush symphonic score utilizing strings, woodwinds and a striking use of choir, a score that the composer, and not a few of his colleagues including Ridley Scott himself, felt was among Goldsmith's best work...

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...

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...

Jerry Goldsmith

The following interview took place at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios on March 4. Jerry Goldsmith took time off from his chores on Peter Hyams’ futuristic thriller OUTLAND to discuss some of his recent scores and plans for the immediate future. We talked about his recent career, with the odd comment from Arthur Morton (Goldsmith’s regular orchestrator and friend)...

The Ghost and the Darkness

Constellation Films’ 1996 presentation of The Ghost and the Darkness (released in 1997 in the UK) is based on a true story, chronicled in ‘The Man-Eaters of Tsavo’ by Lt. Col. J. H. Patterson, first published in 1907. Unfairly dubbed “Jaws on land” at the time of the film’s release, it starred Val Kilmer as John Patterson and Michael Douglas...

The Wind and the Lion

Columbia’s 1975 presentation of THE WIND AND THE LION was written and directed by John Milius (script writer on MAGNUM FORCE and APOCALYPSE NOW, the director of CONAN THE BARBARIAN and FLIGHT OF THE INTRUDER, to name a few achievements). The film was based on a true story, that of an American named Pedecaris, who was kidnapped...