Bad Movies with Great Soundtracks

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  1. ThomasC

    ThomasC Lead Actor

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    As soon as I saw the "Best Movie With The Worst Music??" thread, I thought of a movie that most people don't like, but it has a great soundtrack, but it doesn't fit the movie a lot of the time. I'm thinking about Mission To Mars. I know of its many scientific flaws, I've heard the argument from a friend who thinks its the worst movie he's ever seen, etc., etc. At the worst, I thought it was a decent movie. The soundtrack by Ennio Morricone didn't seem to fit in with at least some of the scenes. However, I bought the soundtrack for one reason or another, and it's one of my favorite soundtracks to listen to. I was listening to it today while reading something for homework, and when Track 11 (All The Friends) came along, I stopped dead in my tracks. It's absolutely beautiful.
     
  2. Eric Paddon

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    Easy list for me:

    1-Hawaii (1966-Elmer Bernstein)
    2-JFK (1991-John Williams)
    3-Taxi Driver (1976-Bernard Herrmann)
    4-Raise The Titanic (1980-John Barry)
    5-The Swarm (1978-Jerry Goldsmith)
     
  3. Adam_ME

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    Hook and Dragonheart come to mind.
     
  4. Andy Sheets

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    I don't really like Conan the Barbarian, but it has one of my all-time favorite musical scores.
     
  5. Ben Osborne

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    James Newton Howard's score for Restoration is absolutely beautiful. I consider it his best, and one of the best movie scores, period. The movie, however, was not well-recieved. I plan on seeing it, but most of the reviews I've read have been very negative.

    JNH's Wyatt Earp score is also very good.
     
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    My opinion of Gladiator has changed from "mediocre" to "fairly enjoyable" solely due to the soundtrack. It just made the movie seriously grow on me.

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  9. Eric Paddon

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    I think Taxi Driver is a movie that apart from Herrmann's score has nothing to recommend. It's a quintessential example of how for me, bad "A" movies with pretensions of being great are always worse then bad "B" movies which can at least have a certain fun and charm to them.
     
  10. TheLongshot

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    I'd put "Last Action Hero" on the list. The soundtrack still gets lots of play from me, tho I haven't seen the movie in years. A great set of heavy metal songs.

    I also really like Goldsmith's score for "Legend". I've listened to that a long time before the new cut came out. Great stuff.

    Jason
     
  11. Zen Butler

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    The Shining - a soundtrack as opposed to a score. Great use of Penderecki and Bartok. The film a bit over the top for my taste.



    The Mission - gorgeous score by Ennio Morricone. Another so-so film.
     
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    GREAT EXPECTATIONS with Gweneth Paltrow in it. Terrible movie.. awesome soundtrack.
     
  13. Bill Williams

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    Alexander Courage's music for Superman IV is a bright spot in a generally bad film. While it's mainly a restructuring of a number of John Williams' original themes, Williams did manage to compose two new themes for the film, and Courage did a good job in adapting and conducting the music. It's much better than Ken Thorne's rinky dinky music for III, and it should have seen a CD release. Unfortunately, Courage confirmed in an online chat a few years ago that he didn't see the need for a Superman IV soundtrack release.
     
  14. ThomasC

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    So John Williams worked on the Superman IV soundtrack too? Interesting.
     
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    I hated The Thin Red Line, but the score and the photography were amazing.
     

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