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Jerry Goldsmith

Jerry Goldsmith, (Jerrald King Goldsmith), American composer (born Feb. 10, 1929, Los Angeles, Calif.—died July 21, 2004, Beverly Hills, Calif.), demonstrated his versatility and originality in more than 300 scores for movies and television programs, often experimenting with unusual techniques, such as having horn players remove the mouthpieces from their instruments, to create a specific effect. Notable among his film scores were those for Planet of the Apes (1968), Chinatown (1974), The Omen (1976), for which he won an Academy Award, Total Recall (1990), and L.A. Confidential (1997). TV credits ranged from Studio One in the late 1940s to Gunsmoke, Perry Mason, and The Twilight Zone in the ’50s, Dr. Kildare, Ben Casey, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. in the ’60s, The Waltons in the ’70s, Star Trek: The Next Generation in the ’80s, and Star Trek: Voyager in the ’90s, as well as the fanfare for the Oscar telecasts (from 1998).


The Best Jerry Goldsmith

1. The Search and the Hunt (From "Planet of the Apes")
2. End Credits (From "Star Trek") : 02:57
3. MacArthur, le Général Rebelle : 06:29
4. Main Theme (From "Alien") : 09:31
5. Rambo : 12:30
6. Main Theme (From "Gremlins") : 15:58
7. Thème Principal (From "Total Recall") : 23:43
8. Main Theme (from "The Shadow") : 26:20
9. Basic Instinct : 28:57
10. Sand Volcano / Love Theme (from "The Mummy") : 31:31

Goldsmith's film music - I
1966 The Blue Max
1968 Planet Of The Apes 

1970 Patton

1971 Escape from the Planet of the Apes 
1974 Chinatown 

1976 The Omen 
1977 Islands In The Stream 
1978 Damien: Omen II 
1979 Alien
1979 Star Trek: The Motion Picture 
Omen III: The Final Conflict
1982 Poltergeist
1982 The Secret Of NIMH
1982 First Blood - Rambo: First Blood Part I 

1983 Under Fire 

1984 Gremlins
1985 Rambo: First Blood Part II
1986 Poltergeist II: The Other Side

1988 Rambo III 
1989 Star Trek V: The Final Frontier 
1990 Gremlins 2: The New Batch
1990 Total Recall
1992 Basic Instinct
1995 First Knight

1996 Star Trek: First Contact  
1998 Star Trek: Insurrection   
2002 Star Trek: Nemesis  

2008 Rambo IV

Jerry Goldsmith - II
-1- Planet Of The Apes   

1968 Planet Of The Apes  (Music by Jerry Goldsmith)
1970 Beneath the Planet of the Apes  (Music by Leonard Rosenman)
1971 Escape from the Planet of the Apes  (Music by Jerry Goldsmith)

1972 Conquest of the Planet of the Apes  (Music by Tom Scott)
1973 Battle for the Planet of the Apes  (Music by Leonard Rosenman)
2001 Planet of the Apes  (Music by Danny Elfman)
2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes  (Music by Patrick Doyle)
2014 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes  (Music by Michael Giacchino)
2017 War for the Planet of the Apes  (Music by Michael Giacchino)

-2- The Omen   
1976 The Omen  (Music by Jerry Goldsmith)
1978 Damien: Omen II  (Music by Jerry Goldsmith)
1981 Omen III: The Final Conflict  (Music by Jerry Goldsmith)

-3- Star Trek 
1979 Star Trek: The Motion Picture  (Music by Jerry Goldsmith)
1982 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan  (Music by James Horner)
1984 Star Trek III: The Search for Spock  (Music by James Horner)
1986 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home  (Music by Leonard Rosenman)
1989 Star Trek V: The Final Frontier  (Music by Jerry Goldsmith)
1991 Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country  (Music by Cliff  Eidelman)
1994 Star Trek: Generations   (Music by Dennis McCarthy)
1996 Star Trek: First Contact  (Music by Jerry Goldsmith)

1998 Star Trek: Insurrection  (Music by Jerry Goldsmith)
2002 Star Trek: Nemesis  (Music by Jerry Goldsmith)
2009 Star Trek   (Music by Michael Giacchino)
2013 Star Trek: Into Darkness   (Music by Michael Giacchino)
2016 Star Trek: Beyond   (Music by Michael Giacchino)

Jerry Goldsmith - III
-4- Alien     
1979 Alien   (Music by Jerry Goldsmith)
1986 Aliens  (Music by James Horner)
1992 Alien 3  (Music by  Elliot Goldenthal)
1997 Alien Resurrection   (Music by John Frizzell)
Alien vs. Predator:
2004 Alien vs. Predator   (Music by Harald Kloser)
2007 Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem   (Music by Brian Tyler)
2012 Prometheus   (Music by Marc Streitenfeld)
2017 Alien: Covenant   ( Music by Jed Kurzel)

-5- Rambo 
1982 First Blood  (Music by Jerry Goldsmith)
1985 Rambo: First Blood Part II   (Music by Jerry Goldsmith)
1988 Rambo III   Music by  (Music by Jerry Goldsmith)
2008 Rambo  IV  (Music by Brian Tyler)

-6- Poltergeist
1982 Poltergeist  (Music by Jerry Goldsmith)
1986 Poltergeist II: The Other Side  (Music by Jerry Goldsmith)
1988 Poltergeist III   (Music by Joe Renzetti)


The Blue Max

The Blue Max is a 1966 British war film in DeLuxe Color and filmed in CinemaScope, about a German fighter pilot on the Western Front during World War I. It was directed by John Guillermin, stars George Peppard, James Mason and Ursula Andress, and features Karl Michael Vogler and Jeremy Kemp. The screenplay was written by David Pursall, Jack Seddon, and Gerald Hanley, based on the novel of the same name by Jack D. Hunter as adapted by Ben Barzman and Basilio Franchina.

In contrast to films that romanticise the Flying Aces of the Great War, the protagonist of The Blue Max is depicted as a man who appears to have no regard for anyone but himself. Set against the realities of modern warfare, the film also explores the decline of chivalry and the advent of total war.

Jerry Goldsmith : The Blue Max, Suite from the film music (1966)

THE BLUE MAX - Trailer



Patton is a 1970 American epic biographical war film about U.S. General George S. Patton during World War II. It stars George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Michael Bates and Karl Michael Vogler. It was directed by Franklin J. Schaffner from a script by Francis Ford Coppola and Edmund H. North, who based their screenplay on the biography Patton: Ordeal and Triumph by Ladislas Farago and Omar Bradley's memoir A Soldier's Story. The film was shot in 65 mm Dimension 150 by cinematographer Fred J. Koenekamp and has a music score by Jerry Goldsmith.

Patton won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. Scott won Best Actor for his portrayal of General Patton, but declined to accept the award. The opening monologue, delivered by George C. Scott as General Patton with an enormous American flag behind him, remains an iconic and often quoted image in film. The film was successful, and in 2003, Patton was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant". The Academy Film Archive preserved Patton in 2003.

Patton (1970) Trailer

Patton - Soundtrack Suite - Jerry Goldsmith



Papillon is a 1973 historical period drama prison film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner. The screenplay by Dalton Trumbo and Lorenzo Semple Jr. was based on the 1969 autobiography by the French convict Henri Charrière. The film stars Steve McQueen as Henri Charrière ("Papillon") and Dustin Hoffman as Louis Dega. Because it was filmed at remote locations, the film was quite expensive for the time ($12 million), but it earned more than twice that in its first year of release. The film's title is French for "Butterfly," referring to Charrière's tattoo and nickname.

Papillon (1973) Official Trailer 

Papillon - scena finale sono ancora vivo!

Papillon (1973) - Soundtrack



Chinatown is a 1974 American neo-noir mystery film, directed by Roman Polanski from a screenplay by Robert Towne, starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway. The film was inspired by the California Water Wars, a series of disputes over southern California water at the beginning of the 20th century, by which Los Angeles interests secured water rights in the Owens Valley. The Robert Evans production, a Paramount Pictures release, was the director's last film in the United States and features many elements of film noir, particularly a multi-layered story that is part mystery and part psychological drama.

In 1991, the film was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" and it is frequently listed as one of the greatest films of all time. At the 47th Academy Awards, it was nominated for 11 Oscars, with Towne winning Best Original Screenplay. The Golden Globe Awards honored it for Best Drama, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Screenplay. The American Film Institute placed it second among its top ten mystery films in 2008.

A sequel, The Two Jakes, was released in 1990, again starring Nicholson, who also directed, with Robert Towne returning to write the screenplay. The film failed to generate the acclaim of its predecessor.

Chinatown (1974) - trailer

Chinatown - Good Joke...Bad Moment

Chinatown -| Soundtrack Suite - Jerry Goldsmith

Islands in the Stream

Islands in the Stream is a 1977 American drama film, an adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's novel of the same name. The film was directed by Franklin J. Schaffner and starred George C. Scott, Hart Bochner, Claire Bloom, Gilbert Roland, and David Hemmings.

Islands In The Stream - Trailer

Jerry Goldsmith - Islands in the Stream (1977)


The Secret of NIMH

The Secret of NIMH is a 1982 American animated dark fantasy adventure film directed by Don Bluth in his directorial debut. It is an adaptation of Robert C. O'Brien's 1971 children's novel Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. The film was produced by Aurora Productions and released by MGM/UA Entertainment Company for United Artists and features the voices of Elizabeth Hartman, Dom DeLuise, Arthur Malet, Derek Jacobi, Hermione Baddeley, John Carradine, Peter Strauss, and Paul Shenar. The "Mrs. Frisby" name in the novel had to be changed to "Mrs. Brisby" during production due to trademark concerns with Frisbee discs. 

Jerry Goldsmith - The Secret of Nimh - Soundtrack Music Suite 1982


Under Fire

Under Fire is a 1983 American political thriller film set during the last days of the Nicaraguan Revolution that ended the Somoza regime in 1979 Nicaragua. Directed by Roger Spottiswoode, it stars Nick Nolte, Gene Hackman and Joanna Cassidy. The musical score by Jerry Goldsmith, which featured well-known jazz guitarist Pat Metheny, was nominated for an Academy Award. The editing by Mark Conte and John Bloom was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Editing. The film was shot in the Mexican states of Chiapas and Oaxaca.

Under Fire - Jerry Goldsmith - Soundtrack

Under Fire 1983 theatrical trailer



Gremlins is a 1984 American comedy horror film directed by Joe Dante and released by Warner Bros. The film is about a young man who receives a strange creature called a mogwai as a pet, which then spawns other creatures who transform into small, destructive, evil monsters. This story was continued with a sequel, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, released in 1990. Unlike the more satirical tone of the sequel (which parodies Hollywood sequels), Gremlins opts for more black comedy, balanced against a Christmastime setting. Both films were the center of large merchandising campaigns.

Steven Spielberg was the film's executive producer, with the film being produced by Michael Finnell and written by Chris Columbus, drawing on legends of gremlins going back to World War II. The film stars Zach Galligan and Phoebe Cates, with Howie Mandel providing the voice of Gizmo, the main mogwai character.

Gremlins was a commercial success and received positive reviews from critics. However, the film was also heavily criticized for some of its more violent sequences. In response to this and to similar complaints about Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Spielberg suggested that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) alter its rating system, which it did within two months of the film's release.

Gremlins - 1984 - Soundtrack Suite - Jerry Goldsmith

Gremlins (1/6) - Billy Meets Gizmo (1984) 

Gremlins in the Kitchen - Gremlins (3/6)  (1984)

Gremlins (5/6) - The Deagle Has Landed (1984)

Gremlins (2/6) - Multiplying Mogwai (1984)

Gremlins (4/6) - A Tree With Teeth (1984)

Gremlins (6/6) - Gizmo to the Rescue (1984) 


Gremlins 2: The New Batch

Gremlins 2: The New Batch is a 1990 American comedy horror film, and the sequel to the 1984 film Gremlins. It was directed by Joe Dante and written by Charles S. Haas, with creature designs by Rick Baker. It stars Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, John Glover, Robert Prosky, Haviland Morris, Dick Miller, Jackie Joseph, Robert Picardo and Christopher Lee; additionally, the film features Tony Randall and Frank Welker providing the voices for two gremlins. The story continues the adventures of the creature Gizmo (once again voiced by Howie Mandel), who spawns numerous small monsters when wet. In the first film, Gizmo's offspring rampaged through a small fictional town. In Gremlins 2, Gizmo multiplies within a skyscraper in New York City. The new creatures thus pose a serious threat to the city should they be able to leave the building, and much of the story involves the human characters' efforts to prevent this disaster.

As with the first film, Gremlins 2 is a live action horror comedy film; however, Dante put effort into taking the sequel in new anarchistic directions. The film is meant to be more cartoon-like and less dark than the original, and the violence is fairly slapstick. There are also a number of parodies of other films and stories, most notably Gremlins itself, as well as the Rambo films, The Wizard of Oz, Marathon Man and The Phantom of the Opera. As with the first film, critical response varied. Some critics who thought the first film was too dark gave Gremlins 2 better reviews, but it received a colder reception from fans who thought otherwise.

Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) Trailer

Gremlins 2 - The New Batch - Soundtrack Suite -
Jerry Goldsmith


Total Recall

Total Recall is a 1990 American science-fiction action film directed by Paul Verhoeven, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin, Sharon Stone, Ronny Cox, and Michael Ironside. The film is loosely based on the Philip K. Dick short story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale". The film tells the story of a construction worker who suddenly finds himself embroiled in espionage on Mars and unable to determine if the experiences are real or the result of memory implants. It was written by Ronald Shusett, Dan O'Bannon, Jon Povill, and Gary Goldman, and won a Special Achievement Academy Award for its visual effects. The original score composed by Jerry Goldsmith won the BMI Film Music Award.

With a budget of $50–65 million, Total Recall was one of the most expensive films made at the time of its release, although estimates of its production budget vary and whether it ever actually held the record is not certain.


Total Recall Suite - Jerry Goldsmith


Basic Instinct

Basic Instinct is a 1992 neo-noir erotic thriller film directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Joe Eszterhas, and starring Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone. The film follows a police detective, Nick Curran (Douglas), who is investigating the brutal murder of a wealthy rock star. During the investigation Curran becomes involved in a torrid and intense relationship with the prime suspect, Catherine Tramell (Stone), an enigmatic writer.

Despite initial critical negativity and public protest, Basic Instinct became one of the most financially successful films of the 1990s, grossing $352 million worldwide. Several versions of the film have been released on videocassette, DVD, and Blu-ray including a director's cut with extended footage previously unseen in North American cinemas. The film has contemporarily been recognized for its groundbreaking depictions of sexuality in mainstream Hollywood cinema, and has been referred to by scholars as "a neo-noir masterpiece that plays with, and transgresses, the narrative rules of film noir."

Official Trailer: Basic Instinct (1992)


Jerry Goldsmith - Soundtrack - Basic Instinct


First Knight

First Knight is a 1995 medieval film based on Arthurian legend, directed by Jerry Zucker. It stars Sean Connery as King Arthur, Richard Gere as Lancelot, Julia Ormond as Guinevere and Ben Cross as Malagant.

The film follows the rogue Lancelot's romance with Lady Guinevere of Leonesse, who is to marry King Arthur of Camelot, while the land is threatened by the renegade knight Malagant. The film is noteworthy within Arthurian cinema for its absence of magical elements, its drawing on the material of Chrétien de Troyes for plot elements and the substantial age difference between Arthur and Guinevere.

First Knight - Full soundtrack - Jerry Goldsmith

First Knight - 1995 - Trailer 

First Knight - Lancelot beats the gauntlet

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