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Elmer Bernstein
(1922-
 2004)
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Filmtracks Statistics:
Average Filmtracks Rating: 3.25
Average Viewer Rating: 3.14
Number of Reviews: 18
Number of Votes: 10,208
Number of Comments: 47
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Elmer Bernstein in the late 1990's

"Music is the ultimate secret world. It's hard to understand the inspiration if you don't work in it. For me, I really have to make my own decisions about what the music should do in the film, although obviously I'm interested in what the filmmaker thinks. You want your imagination to be free-ranging."
- Elmer Bernstein in 2003

Elmer Bernstein was highly regarded as one of the most talented composers and joyful individuals in the Hollywood recording industry during his lifetime. His name, both in the industry and with his listeners, was synonymous with creativity, versatility and longevity. The year 2001 marked his 50th anniversary as a feature film composer, with music written for over 200 major film and television scores. He was the only composer working at the turn of the century to span the Golden, Silver, Bronze, and Digital Ages of film music. A pianist at heart, he practiced his craft as a performer for over sixty years, and as a composer for fifty, gracing virtually all creative media with his work. People around the globe hear his legendary themes often without recognizing their origin, and yet his contribution to his field is significantly recognized by his peers and fans. Even past the year 2000, Bernstein continued to collect melodies in his head and on the piano in his modest studio, awaiting yet another film to adorn.

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FILMOGRAPHY & REVIEWS AT FILMTRACKS
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 TitleFR VRVTCT RD TRDates Notes
2003-2004:
(none)
2002:
Far From Heaven (AW)****3.943,32017||30312/02 - 03/09
2001:
(none)
2000:
Chinese Coffee
Keeping the Faith**2.704686|54406/00 - 07/08
1999:
Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (TV)***
Wild Wild West (co-wrote)**2.502,2043|75207/99 - 08/07
Bringing Out the Dead
The Deep End of the Ocean****3.353370||98103/99 - 05/08
1998:
Twilight**2.292360|98904/98 - 04/07
1997:
Hoodlum****3.936410|88109/97 - 12/06
The Rainmaker***2.872100|1,03512/97 - 12/06
Rough Riders (TV) (co-wrote)***3.343202|94012/97 - 08/08
1996:
Bulletproof
1995:
Devil in a Blue Dress***
Frankie Starlight****3.151471|1,22206/97 - 04/06
Roommates
Search and Destroy
Canadian Bacon (co-wrote)
1994:
(none)
1993:
The Good Son
The Age of Innocence (AW)****
Lost in Yonkers
Mad Dog and Glory (co-wrote)
The Cemetery Club
1992:
The Bogie Man (TV)
The Babe
1991:
Rambling Rose
A Rage in Harlem
Cape Fear***3.592042|76511/96 - 04/06adaptation
Oscar
1990:
The Grifters
The Field
One Day in Dallas
1989:
My Left Foot
Slipstream
1988:
The Good Mother
Funny Farm
Da
1987:
Leonard Part 6
Amazing Grace and Chuck
1986:
íThree Amigos!
Legal Eagles
1985:
Prince Jack
Spies Like Us
The Black Cauldron****3.362624|||67211/96 - 04/17all albums
Gulag (TV)
1984:
Marie Ward****3.184320||1,18611/01 - 11/08limited
Ghostbusters (AW)****3.473844|||54703/06 - 04/06all albums
1983:
Class
Trading Places (AW)***2.78501||1,76012/11limited
Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone
1982:
Airplane II: The Sequel (co-wrote)
Five Days One Summer
Genocide
1981:
The Chosen
An American Werewolf in London
Honky Tonk Freeway
Heavy Metal
Stripes
Going Ape!
1980:
Airplane!****3.592424||56010/97 - 07/09multiple albums
This Year's Blonde (TV)
Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (TV)
The Blues Brothers (co-wrote)
Saturn 3
1979:
The Great Santini
Meatballs
Zulu Dawn
Charleston (TV)
1978:
Little Women (TV)***
Bloodbrothers
National Lampoon's Animal House
Cezanne
Degas in the Metropolitan
1977:
The 3,000 Mile Chase (TV)
Billy Jack Goes to Washington
Powers of Ten
Daumier: Paris and the Spectator
The Worlds of Franklin and Jefferson
1976:
The Incredible Sarah
From Noon Till Three
The Shootist
The Look of America
1975:
The Old Curiosity Shop
Ellery Queen (TV)
Report to the Commissioner
Metropolitan Overview
1974:
The Trial of Billy Jack
Gold (AW)
Men of the Dragon (TV)
McQ
1973:
Cahill U.S. Marshal
Incident on a Dark Street (TV)
Copernicus
The Crucifixion of Jesus (TV)
Nightmare Honeymoon
1972:
The Amazing Mr. Blunden
The Magnificent Seven Ride!
The Rookies (TV)
1971:
Owen Marshall, Counsellor at Law (TV)
Blind Terror (See No Evil)
Big Jake
Doctors' Wives
The Tell-Tale Heart
Appointment with Destiny: The Last Days of John Dillinger (TV)
1970:
Cannon for Cordoba
A Walk in the Spring Rain
The Liberation of L.B. Jones
Kifaru... The Black Rhino
1969:
The Gypsy Moths
Guns of the Magnificent Seven
The Bridge at Remagen
True Grit (AW)
Midas Run
Where's Jack?
Tops
1968:
I Love You, Alice B. Toklas!
The Scalphunters
1967:
Thoroughly Modern Millie (AW)
1966:
Return of the Seven (AW)
Hawaii (AW)
Cast a Giant Shadow
The Silencers
7 Women
1965:
In Search of Man (TV)
The Reward
France: Conquest to Liberation (TV)
The Sons of Katie Elder
The Hallelujah Trail
Baby the Rain Must Fall
View from the People Wall
The Smithsonian Institute
1964:
Four Days in November
The Carpetbaggers
The World of Henry Orient
House of Science
1963:
Love with the Proper Stranger
Rampage
The Caretakers
The Great Escape
Hud
1962:
A Girl Named Tamiko
To Kill a Mockingbird (AW)****
Birdman of Alcatraz
Walk on the Wild Side (AW)
San Francisco Fire
1961:
Summer and Smoke (AW)
The Comancheros****3.396340||94610/99 - 10/07limited
The Young Doctors
By Love Possessed
1960:
The Magnificent Seven (AW)****
From the Terrace****
The Rat Race
1959:
The Story on Page One
The Miracle
Toccata for Toy Trains
Anna Lucasta
The Race for Space (TV)
1958:
Some Came Running
The Buccaneer
God's Little Acre
Kings Go Forth
Saddle the Wind
Desire Under the Elms
1957:
The True Story of the Civil War
The Tin Star
Drango
Sweet Smell of Success
Fear Strikes Out
Men in War
1956:
The Ten Commandments
The Naked Eye
1955:
It's a Dog's Life
Storm Fear
The Man with the Golden Arm (AW)
The View from Pompey's Head (Secret Interlude)
The Eternal Sea
1954:
Silent Raiders
Make Haste to Live
Miss Robin Crusoe
1953:
Cat-Women of the Moon
Robot Monster
1952:
Battles of Chief Pontiac
Sudden Fear
Never Wave at a WAC
Boots Malone
1951:
Saturday's Hero
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