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Along Came a Spider
(2001)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Mark McKenzie
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Varèse Sarabande
(April 3rd, 2001)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you are an absolutely devoted collector of Jerry Goldsmith's works, for Along Came a Spider offers suspense material as anonymous as any he ever wrote.

Avoid it... if you seek any refreshing or unique alteration to Goldsmith's mundane, autopilot material for this genre.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #683
WRITTEN 4/4/01, REVISED 1/25/09
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Along Came a Spider: (Jerry Goldsmith) It has always been strikingly unfathomable that a storyline as tightly woven as that of James Patterson's popular novel somehow became twisted into Lee Tamahori's ridiculously incoherent 2001 adaptation, Along Came a Spider. Technically a prequel to Kiss the Girls, Morgan Freeman returns as detective Alex Cross, and that fact alone is really the only highlight of this senseless abduction thriller. As unremarkable as the film's supposed "surprise" ending is Jerry Goldsmith's extremely pedestrian score. After a variety of very strong scores in 1998 and 1999, the composer entered the 2000's in extremely underwhelming fashion. In the early 1990's, Jerry Goldsmith introduced the first glimpses of how he would score modern suspense and horror films. A perfect example of this was Malice, an otherwise meaningless score that happened to have a haunting end title theme. As the decade progressed, Goldsmith began repeating his trademark motifs of this genre of scoring into his music for dramatic and adventure films, leading to a late-era, "modern Goldsmith sound" that became less and less interesting with each incarnation. Disappointments such as Deep Rising and Hollow Man (despite whatever guilty pleasure material exists in the minority of those works) caused veteran Goldsmith fans, those who embraced The Omen and Poltergeist as the Goldsmith standard, to lose confidence in the composer. This concern over the substandard originality of Goldsmith's last few years of output does not necessary entail that these efforts were becoming less effective in their roles within the films, but rather, it pointed towards a disturbing direction of repetition, especially in this particular genre of film.



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Rob - September 12, 2017, at 7:17 p.m.
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Along came a spider
SolarisLem - May 26, 2007, at 10:04 a.m.
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Brass Section (Hollywood Studio Symphony)
N.R.Q. - April 17, 2007, at 10:49 a.m.
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Along Came A Spider score
Luis L. - April 23, 2003, at 5:54 p.m.
1 comment  (2331 views)
Jerry Goldsmith is still the best film score composer.
:-) - April 21, 2002, at 4:24 a.m.
1 comment  (2636 views)
Decent score
Brandon Cutro - March 31, 2002, at 4:18 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 34:59
• 1. Night Talk (3:06)
• 2. Testing (2:09)
• 3. Alone (1:05)
• 4. Megan's Abduction (3:19)
• 5. Megan Overboard (4:51)
• 6. Cop Killer (3:51)
• 7. The Ransom (7:27)
• 8. Profiling (3:40)
• 9. Not My Partner (5:02)

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The insert contains a list of performers, but no extra information about the film or score.
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