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John Barry
(1933-
 2011)
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Filmtracks Statistics:
Average Filmtracks Rating: 3.85
Average Viewer Rating: 3.52
Number of Reviews: 27
Number of Votes: 25,700
Number of Comments: 86
Reviews in Filmtracks'
Top 100 Traffic Ranks:
#23. Dances With Wolves
Reviews in Filmtracks'
Top 100 Voting Ranks:
#17.  Dances With Wolves
#32.  The Lion in Winter
#59.  The Living Daylights
#64.  Raise the Titanic
Filmtracks Editor's Recommendations:
The Lion in Winter
High Road to China
Raise the Titanic
The Living Daylights
Dances With Wolves
Related Pages of Interest:
The Beyondness of Things
(rejected score for The Horse Whisperer)
The Classic Film Music of John Barry I
(1994, The City of Prague Philharmonic)
The Classic Film Music of John Barry II
(1996, The City of Prague Philharmonic)
Additional Quotes:
"Oh they say 'I don't like that tune' or 'It's not the tune I want; I can't hum it' so then you say 'Well, hum me White Christmas' and they make these strange croaking sounds, and you say 'Yeah, you've got a great ear.' I mean this guy can't even whistle the simplest thing and yet he's going to criticise you after he's hired you." - 1998, on the industry

"I think Guinness is a hell of a drink!" - 1994, on his music in Guinness commercials

"I love to drive around New York. You see some amazing things. It's full of all these oddities. I look at things and register them. You see something and think musically. I ride around with music on and look at things. Then for a moment you see things that coincide that can be really obscure. If you were looking at that in a movie you probably wouldn't have played what you're listening to." - 1997, on musical inspiration

"Soundtrack albums have had a history. In the Sixties, if you had a movie, it also usually meant an album release. Then soundtracks took a dive and hit a terrible slump. Now it seems they are coming back. A lot of them are song related albums, but there are also the symphonic type of scores by John Williams and the like. There is a renewed interest in film scores. These things go in cycles - but if soundtracks sell well, more will be released." - 1992, on score album releases

"I was offered Sleepless in Seattle. They sent me the script. They asked me to do it, and I said I would be very interested. But then I heard there was a so-called 'musical supervisor,' and whenever I hear that I want to run. There were about 20 songs, and I said, 'Well, where am I?' Right then I didn't want to do this movie." - 1996, on Sleepless in Seattle

Decorative Nonsense
Primary Composer Picture
John Barry rehearses a cue for Beat Girl in 1959. Notice that every musician has a cigarette in his mouth.

"I can see the earlier James Bond movies, and they hold up much stronger than the later Bond movies. The latter ones became more formula, and they're not half as interesting."

Few composers of the late 20th Century enjoyed as much popular success or worldwide influence as John Barry. The winner of five Oscars, four Grammys and other honors ranging from the Golden Globe to Britain's Anthony Asquith Award, he wrote some of the most memorable movie music of our time: Born Free, Midnight Cowboy, Goldfinger, Out of Africa, Dances with Wolves, Somewhere in Time and dozens of other scores. Critics marvelled for decades at the Barry touch, a remarkable ability to capture the mood and flavor of every kind of movie, from the fanciful adventure of a James Bond thriller to the epic romantic visions of leading filmmakers, while retaining a style that is uniquely his own.

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FILMOGRAPHY & REVIEWS AT FILMTRACKS
(see legend below for abbreviations and codes)
 TitleFR VRVTCT RD TRDates Notes
2002-2011:
(none)
2001:
Enigma***3.431,53014||60904/02 - 02/09
1999-2000:
(none)
1998:
Playing by Heart***3.437891||39312/99 - 04/07
Mercury Rising***2.855352||81704/98 - 07/07
1997:
Swept from the Sea***3.184500||70811/97 - 12/06
1996:
(none)
1995:
Across the Sea of Time****
The Scarlet Letter****3.265671||26810/96 - 08/08
Cry, The Beloved Country****3.392931||44209/96 - 08/08
1994:
The Specialist****3.311991||68507/98 - 02/06
1993:
My Life****3.173991|86307/98 - 09/06
Ruby Cairo****3.143660||1,08805/01 - 10/08all albums
R
Indecent Proposal***2.871350|||1,53306/10 - 03/16all albums
1992:
The Witness
Chaplin (AW)****3.805152|78507/98 - 02/06
1991:
(none)
1990:
R
Dances With Wolves (AW)*****4.287,99943||||2306/97 - 03/16all albums
1989:
(none)
1988:
Masquerade
1987:
The Living Daylights*****4.101,1763||||30106/98 - 04/08all albums
1986:
Peggy Sue Got Married
Howard the Duck
The Golden Child (co-wrote)
A Killing Affair
1985:
Out of Africa (AW)****3.852341|||1,26601/10all albums
Jagged Edge
A View to a Kill (AW)****3.498692|||21306/97 - 09/06all albums
1984:
The Cotton Club
Mike's Murder
Until September
1983:
Octopussy****3.354191||53011/97 - 03/08all albums
High Road to China****3.951,3231|||44606/97 - 11/11all albums
The Golden Seal (co-wrote)
Svengali (TV)
1982:
Murder by Phone
Frances
Hammett
1981:
Body Heat****3.569591|||50906/97 - 09/12all albums
1980:
Inside Moves
Touched by Love
Raise the Titanic*****4.092,0552|||27308/99 - 06/08re-recording
Night Games
Somewhere in Time (AW)****3.752122||1,46612/09multiple albums
1979:
The Black Hole****3.331631|||1,56909/11multiple albums
Moonraker***
Hanover Street***
Willa (TV)
The Corn is Green (TV)
1978:
Starcrash
Game of Death
The Betsy
1977:
The Gathering (TV)
Young Joe, the Forgotten Kennedy (TV)
The Deep
The War Between the Tates (TV)
The White Buffalo
Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years (TV)
1976:
King Kong***
Robin and Marian (co-wrote)***3.276201||1,09507/03 - 03/09all albums
Eleanor and Franklin (TV)
1975:
The Day of the Locust
Love Among the Ruins (TV)
1974:
The Man with the Golden Gun
The Dove
The Tamarind Seed
1973:
The Glass Menagerie (TV)
A Doll's House
1972:
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Follow Me! (The Public Eye)
1971:
Mary, Queen of Scots (AW)
Diamonds Are Forever
They Might Be Giants
Murphy's War (co-wrote)
Walkabout
1970:
The Last Valley****3.647521||93607/03 - 03/09all albums
Monte Walsh***3.365281|98608/99 - 09/07limited
1969:
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Midnight Cowboy
The Appointment
1968:
The Lion in Winter (AW)*****4.191,3653|||32806/97 - 09/08all albums
Deadfall***
Petulia
Boom
1967:
The Whisperers
You Only Live Twice****
Dutchman
1966:
The Quiller Memorandum
The Wrong Box
Born Free (AW)***3.556280|||42504/00 - 10/11all albums
The Chase
1965:
Thunderball
King Rat
The Ipcress File
The Knack ...and How to Get It
Four in the Morning
Mister Moses
The Party's Over
1964:
Sophia Loren in Rome (TV)
Goldfinger
Seance on a Wet Afternoon
A Jolly Bad Fellow (They All Died Laughing)
Zulu****
Muloorina
1963:
Man in the Middle
From Russia with Love
Elizabeth Taylor in London (TV)
1962:
The L-Shaped Room (co-wrote)
The Amorous Prawn
Dr. No
1961:
Girl on a Roof
1960:
Never Let Go
1959:
Beat Girl
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