Hans Zimmer's Scores

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  1. David Coleman

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    I was looking over his credits on IMDB. I didn't realize the number of scores he had. When he first emerged I feared he would be a film scorer along the lines of a Giorgio Moroder or a Harold Faltermeyer (whom I actually like) but he's certainly found his own voice. I'm wondering which are your favorite scores of his?

    Here's a few on my list:

    RAIN MAN
    GLADIATOR
    CRIMSON TIDE
    PRINCE OF EGYPT
    BROKEN ARROW
    BACKDRAFT

    Good Year, A (2005) (pre-production)
    Over the Hedge (2005) (filming)
    Spanglish (2004) (filming)
    Kingdom of Heaven (2005) (post-production)
    Shark Tale (2004) (post-production)
    Lauras Stern (2004) (post-production)


    Thunderbirds (2004)
    King Arthur (2004)
    Tricks of the Trade: Making 'Matchstick Men' (2004) (V) (film scores)
    Lion King 1½, The (2004) (V)
    ... aka Lion King 3: Hakuna Matata (2004) (V) (Europe: English title)
    Journey to Safety: Making 'Tears of the Sun' (2003) (V)
    Something's Gotta Give (2003)
    Last Samurai, The (2003)
    ... aka Last Samurai: Bushidou, The (2003) (USA: poster title)
    "Threat Matrix" (2003) TV Series (main title)
    "Carnivàle" (2003) TV Series (from "The Thin Red Line")
    Matchstick Men (2003)
    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
    Essence of Combat: Making 'Black Hawk Down', The (2003) (V)
    Tears of the Sun (2003)
    Thelma & Louise: The Last Journey (2003) (V)
    Ring, The (2002)
    Road (2002) (from "Rock, The (1996)") (uncredited)
    Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)
    ... aka Spirit (2002) (USA: promotional title)
    Black Hawk Down (2001)
    Riding in Cars with Boys (2001)
    Invincible (2001/II)
    ... aka Unbesiegbar (2001) (Germany)
    Breaking the Silence: The Making of 'Hannibal' (2001) (V)
    Pearl Harbor (2001)
    ... aka Pearl Harbour (2001) (UK: promotional title)
    "What About Joan" (2001) TV Series (theme)
    Hannibal (2001)
    Pledge, The (2001)
    "Critic, The" (2000) TV Series (theme)
    Everlasting Piece, An (2000)
    Gladiator Games: The Roman Bloodsport (2000) (TV)
    Hans Zimmer: Scoring Gladiator (2000) (V)
    Mission: Impossible II (2000)
    ... aka M:I-2 (2000) (USA: DVD box title (promotional abbreviation))
    ... aka Mission: Impossible II (2000) (Germany)
    Gladiator (2000)
    Road to El Dorado, The (2000)
    Motorrad-Cops: Hart am Limit, Die (2000) (TV) (theme)


    "Candidato, El" (1999) TV Series
    "Motorrad-Cops: Hart am Limit, Die" (1999) TV Series (theme)
    Chill Factor (1999)
    Dritte Reich - in Farbe, Das (1998) (TV)
    ... aka Third Reich, In Color, The (1998) (TV) (International: English title)
    Thin Red Line, The (1998)
    ... aka Mince ligne rouge, La (1999) (Canada: French title)
    Prince of Egypt, The (1998)
    Lion King II: Simba's Pride, The (1998) (V) (song "He Lives in You")
    Last Days, The (1998)
    As Good as It Gets (1997)
    Scream 2 (1997) (from "Broken Arrow (1996)")
    Peacemaker, The (1997)
    Smilla's Sense of Snow (1997)
    ... aka Fräulein Smillas Gespür für Schnee (1997) (Germany)
    ... aka Fröken Smillas känsla för snö (1997) (Sweden)
    ... aka Frøken Smillas fornemmelse for sne (1997) (Denmark)
    ... aka Smilla's Feeling for Snow (1997)
    Preacher's Wife, The (1996)
    Fan, The (1996)
    Rock, The (1996) (two themes)
    "High Incident" (1996) TV Series (theme)
    Muppet Treasure Island (1996)
    Broken Arrow (1996)
    Whole Wide World, The (1996)
    Two Deaths (1995)
    Something to Talk About (1995)
    ... aka Grace Under Pressure (1995)
    Nine Months (1995)
    Beyond Rangoon (1995)
    Crimson Tide (1995)
    Drop Zone (1994)
    Lion King, The (1994)
    Renaissance Man (1994)
    ... aka Army Intelligence (1994)
    ... aka By the Book (1994)
    Africa: The Serengeti (1994)
    Monkey Trouble (1994) (additional music)
    ... aka Pet (1994)
    I'll Do Anything (1994)
    "Critic, The" (1994) TV Series (theme)
    "Ryori no tetsujin" (1993) TV Series (from "Backdraft (1991)")
    ... aka "Iron Chef" (1993) (USA)
    Younger and Younger (1993)
    House of the Spirits, The (1993)
    ... aka Åndernes hus (1993) (Denmark)
    ... aka Casa dos Espíritos, A (1993) (Portugal)
    ... aka Geisterhaus, Das (1993) (Germany)
    Cool Runnings (1993)
    True Romance (1993)
    ... aka Breakaway (1993/I) (Philippines: English title)
    Calendar Girl (1993)
    Point of No Return (1993)
    ... aka Assassin, The (1993/I) (Australia) (UK) (USA: video title)
    Sniper (1993) (additional music)
    "Space Rangers" (1993/I) TV Series
    "Millennium: Tribal Wisdom and the Modern World" (1992) TV Series
    Where Sleeping Dogs Lie (1992)
    Toys (1992)
    League of Their Own, A (1992)
    Power of One, The (1992)
    ... aka Puissance de l'ange, La (1992) (France)
    Radio Flyer (1992)
    K2 (1992) (European version)
    ... aka K2: The Ultimate High (1992)
    Regarding Henry (1991)
    Backdraft (1991)
    Thelma & Louise (1991)
    White Fang (1991/I) (additional music)
    To the Moon, Alice (1990) (TV) (as Hans Florian Zimmer)
    Green Card (1990)
    ... aka Green Card (1990) (France)
    Pacific Heights (1990)
    Fools of Fortune (1990)
    Twister (1990)
    Chicago Joe and the Showgirl (1990)
    Days of Thunder (1990)
    Bird on a Wire (1990)


    Diamond Skulls (1989)
    ... aka Dark Obsession (1991) (USA)
    Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
    Black Rain (1989)
    Fruit Machine, The (1988)
    ... aka Wonderland (1988)
    Spies Inc. (1988)
    ... aka Code Name: Chaos (1988)
    ... aka S.P.O.O.K.S. (1988)
    ... aka Spies, Lies and Alibis (1988)
    Burning Secret (1988)
    ... aka Brennendes Geheimnis (1988) (West Germany)
    Rain Man (1988)
    "First Born" (1988) (mini) TV Series
    Paperhouse (1988)
    Nightmare at Noon (1988)
    World Apart, A (1988)
    Prisoner of Rio (1988)
    ... aka Wiezien Rio (1988) (Poland)
    Taffin (1988)
    Nature of the Beast, The (1988)
    Comeback (1987) (TV)
    Wind, The (1987) (V)
    ... aka Edge of Terror (1987) (V) (UK)
    Terminal Exposure (1987)
    ... aka Double Exposure (1987)
    Separate Vacations (1986)
    Castaway (1986) (additional music)
    Wild Horses (1985) (TV)
    Insignificance (1985)
    Histoire d'O: Chapitre 2 (1984)
    ... aka Histoire d'O: Numéro 2 (1984)
    ... aka Historia de O, II parte (1984) (Spain)
    ... aka Story of O, Part II (1984)
    Eureka (1984) (additional music)
    Success Is the Best Revenge (1984)
    ... aka Succès à tout prix, Le (1984) (France)
    Moonlighting (1982)
    ... aka Schwarzarbeit (1982) (West Germany
     
  2. Nate Anderson

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    Thelma and Louise tops it for me, but I'm also fond of his scores for Gladiator, Broken Arrow, his imput into the score for The Rock, and Backdraft.
     
  3. Seth_L

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    Gladiator is a favorite of mine, as is Black Hawk Down. The Rock, The Last Samurai, and Crimson Tide are also very good.
     
  4. Moe Maishlish

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    I'm a huge Hans Zimmer fan! I own a few of his scores on CD, and I've got The Rock & Pirates of the Carribean CDs in my car (they make for great travelling music!). [​IMG]

    Moe.
     
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    My favorite is his score to the Thin Red Line. "Journey to the Line" is probably the best piece of Zimmer music I've heard. It's one of those Zimmer songs with a very slow build but, but when it reaches its peak it's powerful and moving. He's tried similar things in "Pear Harbor" and "The Last Samuri", but those come off as unsatisfactory immitations to me.

    And Moe, Zimmer didn't score "Pirates of the Carribean." that was done by Klaus Badelt, one of Zimmer's students, I believe.
     
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    You're right - I noticed that on the credits for the CD. But it was my understanding (and someone correct me if I'm wrong) that Zimmer unofficially "assisted" with a great portion of that score.

    Moe.
     
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    Gladiator, Driving Miss Daisy, The Lion King. Herr Zimmer is high up on my list of favorite composers.
     
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    I loved the Pearl Harbor soundtrack, as well as his recent score for The Last Samurai. He should have recieved an Oscar nomination for that.
     
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    The Thin Red Line is my favourite score of all time. I really wish he had won the Oscar.
    The Last Samurai is great also.
    Hannibal is another one of my Zimmer favs. Excellent score and love the opera piece.
     
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    Crimson Tide has to be one of the best action scores ever.
    Rain Man has a great soundtrack too.

    I loved his use of Duane Eddy on Broken Arrow though. As he says in the liner notes, give the devil the most beautiful music.
     
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    I've found that much of Zimmer's earlier work for movies was done mostly on synthesizers and he has since evolved into full blown orchestral work occasionally incorporating synth parts. Throughout, his work has continued to be remarkable and highly engaging.

    I love the work he did for Regarding Henry (from his 'synth mode', teamed with Bobby McFerrin), Gladiator (in his current 'orchestral mode', teamed with Lisa Gerrard), and Hannibal (including some obvious synth parts).
    'Vide Cor Meum' was written specifically for the film by Patrick Cassidy and co-produced by Zimmer.
     
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    I am a big fan of his.
    My favorites are:
    Crimson Tide
    Backdraft
    Lion King and
    Gladiator
     
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    Nobody mentions his Prince of Egypt score much. I always thought it was one of his best. "The Burning Bush" and the "Red Sea" has to be some of the greatest music put to film.
     
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    Gladiator is one of the best soundtracks I have ever heard. It gets alot of play in my house and car.
     
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    Agreed...

    I do think it's probably his best work!!! I think alot of people overlook it because of the songs but as for a score it's excellent!![​IMG]
     
  16. David Coleman

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    However I'd have to rank GLADIATOR as being equal to POE it's just I like POE better!
     
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    Damn, how can I forget Prince of Egypt!? Wonerful score.
     
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    Tardy to the 'party' for a man who's ascended my list of fave score composers of all time in recent years.

    Nate re your #2:
    May not be greatest period but those cues are mad, grand, huge, glorious, insane stuff. Love it--two great POE choices to mention.

    Faves of mine include Gladiator (esp. the Wagnerian "The Might Of Rome" and the moving 'suite' that is the CD's concluding three cuts); Crimson Tide (the whole damned thing); The Thin Red Line (esp. "Light" and, I agree Ben, "Journey To the Line"); The Last Samurai (my fave work of his since Gladiator, esp. CD cut 2); and the not-mentioned-enough-yet Tears Of the Sun (another awesome collaboration, this time with Lebo M, esp. on CD cut #6 . . . the cue you hear when the camera slowly spins around Bruce Willis as he surveys the carnage, standing in the middle of the burned out village after his guys go in in the middle of the ethnic cleansing . . . amaaazing sequence with amaaaazing scoring).

    Can't wait to hear what he does for Kingdom Of Heaven.

    -p
     
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    Good post Paul. Haven't seen Tears Of The Sun or heard the cd. I'll have to check this out. [​IMG]
     
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    "Gladiator is one of the best soundtracks I have ever heard. It gets alot of play in my house and car."

    [voice_David_Spade] I liked it better when it was called "The Planets" by Holst. [/voice]

    But put me down as big fan of his Rain Man score.
     

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