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Filmtracks Statistics:
Average Filmtracks Rating: 2.98
Average Viewer Rating: 3.01
Number of Reviews: 89
Number of Votes: 266,893
Number of Comments: 6,398
Reviews in Filmtracks'
Top 100 Traffic Ranks:
#1. Gladiator
#5. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
#13. The Lion King
#33. The Prince of Egypt
#36. The Rock
#42. Pearl Harbor
#44. Crimson Tide
#49. Mission: Impossible 2
#54. Black Hawk Down
#59. Hannibal
#60. The Last Samurai
#71. The Thin Red Line
#79. Batman Begins
#97. The Peacemaker
Reviews in Filmtracks'
Top 100 Voting Ranks:
#34.  Crimson Tide
#64.  The Prince of Egypt
#69.  The Lion King
Filmtracks Editor's Recommendations:
A League of Their Own
The Lion King
Beyond Rangoon
Crimson Tide
The Prince of Egypt
Lauras Stern
Related Page of Interest:
Hans Zimmer: The Wings of a Film
(2001, concert performance compilation)
Additional Quotes:
"My job is to look for something that doesn't exist yet in the film. I work a lot with friends --like Penny Marshall or Tony Scott-- so when Tony starts a movie, I know about it years before it starts shooting, and I hear the story every time I see him. So when I see the movie I find out what's left of the story he told me about, and what actually happened while he was shooting. And then I try to get back to the original reason why we were doing that movie. With music, you can express things far better, so what you try and do is express the things they haven't done eloquently. 'Yo, motherfucker!' is not a terribly eloquent line; I could write something much better."

"I don't drive, so one of my assistants drives me to my writing room, and I have a calendar on the wall telling me how much time I have left, and how far behind I am. I look at it and panic, and decide which scene to work on. And you sit there plonking notes until something makes sense, and you don't think about it any more. Good tunes come when you're not thinking about it."

"I have all these computers and keyboards and synthesizers, and I rattle away. For instance, with The Lion King I wrote over four hours' worth of tunes, and they were really pretty --but totally meaningless. So in the end I came up with material I liked. We worked on The Lion King for four years, but I wasn't toying until the last three-and-a-half weeks properly. On Crimson Tide, on the other hand, I just went in and within seconds I knew what I wanted."

Decorative Nonsense
Primary Composer Picture
Hans Zimmer poses at his studio in 1995

"I wake up around noon, light a cigarette, get a cup of coffee, sit in the bathtub for an hour and daydream, and I usually come up with some ideas... It's a very irresponsible life. The only decisions I make are about the notes I'm writing."

Born September 12th, 1957 in Frankfurt, Germany, Hans Zimmer was a pioneer in the use of digital synthesizers, advanced computer technology, electronic keyboards and their successful integration with the traditional orchestra in music for film and television. Moving to London in the 1970's, Zimmer began composing jingles for "Air Edel Associates" and teamed up with Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes as "The Buggles" to produce the worldwide hit, Video Killed the Radio Star and subsequent album The Age of Plastic. By 1980, Zimmer was pioneering the use of computers live on stage while working with the group Ultravox. Then he enjoyed a period of stardom in Italy with the avant garde band "Krisma" before returning to London to develop his next project with Warren Cann of Ultravox, culminating in a series of unique concerts at the London Planetarium.

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 TitleFR VRVTCT RD TRDates Notes
The Little Prince (co-wrote)
Chappie (co-wrote)**2.2929711|||1,33203/15
Woman in Gold (co-wrote)
Interstellar (AW)**3.1393425||||1,11301/15multiple albums
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (co-wrote)*2.671,02351|||72105/14all albums
Winter's Tale (co-wrote)***2.721631|||1,44403/14
12 Years a Slave
Captain Phillips (co-wrote) (AW)*1.742806||1,30112/13
Rush (co-wrote)***3.083533||1,42512/13
The Lone Ranger (co-wrote)***3.0457916|||90007/13
Man of Steel (co-wrote)*2.512,97183||||45106/13all albums
The Bible (TV) (co-wrote)**1.843306||1,34307/13
The Dark Knight Rises (co-wrote) (AW)**2.641,779125||||37207/12multiple albums
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (co-wrote)*2.5266031|||86312/11
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (co-wrote)*1.911,96448||||71605/11
Kung Fu Panda 2 (co-wrote)****3.387858||93205/11
Rango (co-wrote)**2.488872||1,10803/11
The Dilemma (co-wrote)
How Do You Know
Megamind (co-wrote)****2.811,5165|||1,16810/10
Inception (co-wrote) (AW)**3.013,910155||||26107/10
The Pacific (TV) (co-wrote)***3.281370||1,62407/11
Henri 4 (co-wrote)**2.601251||1,67007/11
Sherlock Holmes (co-wrote) (AW)***3.091,2059|||74801/10
It's Complicated (co-wrote)***
Angels & Demons (co-wrote)****3.171,42530|||50005/09
Frost/Nixon (co-wrote) (AW)****3.373266||1,16712/08
The Burning Plain (co-wrote)*
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (co-wrote)**
The Dark Knight (co-wrote) (AW)**2.734,945131||||20007/08 - 04/10multiple albums
Kung Fu Panda (co-wrote)***3.341,0281||70706/08
Casi Divas (co-wrote)***
The Simpsons Movie (co-wrote)***2.823442||1,13211/07
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (co-wrote)**3.075,560228||||19605/07 - 07/11multiple albums
The Holiday (co-wrote)***3.105251|90402/07
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (co-wrote) (AW)*2.704,908236||||17307/06 - 07/11multiple albums
The Da Vinci Code (AW)***3.085,256217||||25705/06
The Weather Man (co-wrote)**
The Little Polar Bear 2: The Mysterious Island (co-wrote)****
Batman Begins (co-wrote)**2.926,099378||||7906/05 - 09/11
Madagascar (co-wrote)*1.951,09339||18705/05 - 09/11
Spanglish (AW)****3.4369012||68601/05 - 10/11
Lauras Stern (co-wrote)****3.447777||78403/05 - 10/11German
Shark Tale (co-wrote)**
Thunderbirds (co-wrote)***2.8790017|||36607/04 - 10/11
King Arthur (co-wrote)****3.463,270219|||14107/04 - 09/11
Something's Gotta Give (co-wrote)****2.73902||1,58504/10bootleg
The Last Samurai (AW)****3.723,780206|||6011/03 - 03/09
Matchstick Men***2.9356526|||50310/03 - 03/09
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (co-wrote)*2.8123,2911281|||507/03 - 07/11multiple albums
Tears of the Sun (co-wrote)***2.903,009107|||21703/03 - 03/09
The Ring (co-wrote)**2.651,50591|||20910/03 - 09/11multiple albums
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (co-wrote) (AW)**3.343,113136|||22805/02 - 01/09
Riding in Cars With Boys (co-wrote)***
Invincible (co-wrote)****3.444090||90109/03 - 03/09
Black Hawk Down (co-wrote)***2.738,189570|||5401/02 - 01/09
Pearl Harbor (AW)***2.9011,423275|||4205/01 - 01/09
Hannibal (co-wrote)****3.7611,643276|||5902/01 - 10/08
The Pledge (co-wrote)**2.923613||1,05509/03 - 01/09all albums
An Everlasting Piece (co-wrote)***2.517668||91112/00 - 09/08
Mission: Impossible 2 (co-wrote)**2.6613,090103||4906/00 - 11/07
Gladiator (co-wrote) (AW)***3.5359,097752|||||105/00 - 10/07all albums
The Road to El Dorado (co-wrote)**2.943843|||68310/03 - 03/09all albums
Chill Factor (co-wrote)**2.131901||1,22410/03 - 04/09bootlegs
The Thin Red Line (co-wrote) (AW)***3.0211,08210|||7101/99 - 03/08
The Prince of Egypt (co-wrote) (AW)****4.0913,34398||||3312/98 - 03/08all albums
The Last Days (co-wrote)**
The Third Reich (in Color) (TV)
As Good As It Gets (AW)****3.331,5935|12101/98 - 01/07
The Peacemaker****3.232,7743|||9709/97 - 08/14all albums
Smilla's Sense of Snow (co-wrote)**2.922182||73903/97 - 09/11
The Preacher's Wife (AW)****
The Fan (co-wrote)*2.5525214|||96310/03 - 04/09all albums
The Rock (co-wrote)***3.267,7918|||3609/96 - 02/08
White Squall (co-wrote)
Muppet Treasure Island (co-wrote)***3.461,00316||23107/98 - 09/08
Broken Arrow (co-wrote)****3.083132|||1,35910/09 - 03/11all albums
The Whole Wide World (co-wrote)***2.951551||95307/04 - 09/11
Something to Talk About (co-wrote)***2.82735||1,70704/10
Two Deaths****
Nine Months (co-wrote)***2.891580|44403/97 - 11/11
Crimson Tide (AW)*****4.198,58281|||4409/96 - 01/08
Beyond Rangoon****3.931,0037||36509/96 - 09/08
Drop Zone (co-wrote)***2.901111||1,63703/10
The Lion King (co-wrote) (AW)****4.0811,89474||||1309/96 - 11/14multiple albums
Renaissance Man***3.006132|92308/99 - 04/07
Monkey Trouble (co-wrote)**
I'll Do Anything****2.88910||1,71303/10
The House of the Spirits****3.624434|39907/98 - 09/08
Cool Runnings (co-wrote)****2.991050||1,61004/10bootleg
True Romance (co-wrote)***adaptation
Calendar Girl***
Younger & Younger (co-wrote)****2.92820||1,72803/10
Point of No Return (co-wrote)****3.211171||1,62203/10
Sniper (co-wrote)
Toys (co-wrote)**2.663562|||60107/04 - 09/11all albums
A League of Their Own****3.291600||1,56003/10multiple albums
The Power of One****3.141270||1,51503/10
Millennium (co-wrote)***
Radio Flyer****3.443492|||58507/04 - 10/11
K2 (co-wrote)****2.911190||1,56304/10multiple scores
Where Sleeping Dogs Lie (co-wrote)
To the Moon, Alice (TV)
Regarding Henry (co-wrote)****2.931242|||1,58903/10 - 12/11multiple albums
Thelma & Louise (co-wrote)***3.091631||1,48704/10 - 11/11all albums
Backdraft****3.713,09112|||15709/96 - 03/10all albums
White Fang (co-wrote)****2.95960|||1,60904/12limited
Green Card****2.94961||1,64203/10
Pacific Heights****3.091290||1,66404/10
Days of Thunder***3.041640|||1,42603/10 - 01/14multiple albums
Fools of Fortune****
Bird on a Wire***
Chicago Joe and the Showgirl
Driving Miss Daisy (AW)****3.321430||1,50003/10
Dark Obsession (Diamond Skulls)****
Black Rain***3.152682|||1,37303/10 - 10/12multiple albums
Paperhouse (co-wrote)***
Burning Secret****
Rain Man (AW)****3.172581|||1,26804/10 - 12/10all albums
Nightmare at Noon (Death Street USA)
A World Apart***
The Fruit Machine***
The Nature of the Beast (co-wrote)
Spies Inc.
Terminal Exposure (Double Exposure)
Comeback (TV)
Zero Boys
Separate Vacations
Castaway (co-wrote)
The Lightship (co-wrote)
Wild Horses (TV)
Insignificance (co-wrote)***
Success is the Best Revenge (co-wrote)
The Story of O: Part 2***
Eureka (co-wrote)
Moonlighting (co-wrote)
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