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Behind Enemy Lines
(2001)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Erik Lundborg
David Sherr
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Promotional
(2001)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
There exists no commercial album for this score. The promotional album pressed for the composer was quickly bootlegged by fans (and given different cover art to accompany the same musical contents). New copies of the promo were still available through soundtrack specialty outlets at the end of the 2000's for $20 to $30.
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Buy it... only if you specifically seek five to ten minutes of harmonious grandeur or synthetically rocking action sequences that you appreciated in the film.

Avoid it... if you prefer not to be reminded of half a dozen other composers' music when trying to assemble this completely unfocused score into some semblance of a unified work.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,552
WRITTEN 1/12/10
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Behind Enemy Lines: (Don Davis) The depictions of war in 20th Century Fox's 2001 release Behind Enemy Lines are so incredibly asinine that it should have humiliated first time filmmaker John Moore upon the much-hyped initial showing of this travesty. It just so happened that the film debuted for the crew of the real-life American aircraft carrier featured in the story, and you have to wonder if those sailors and airmen were as horrified by the fallacies of logic in Behind Enemy Lines as many critics and civilian audiences. Set during the Bosnian War of the early 1990's, the movie follows the struggle of two American fighter pilots shot down by Serbs while on a surveillance mission. The casting of comedian Owen Wilson as the lead American on the run and Gene Hackman (in one of his final roles before announcing his retirement) as the admiral who breaks the rules to rescue him combines the worst of a stereotype on one side and miscasting on the other. Anyone looking for authenticity in regards to the Serbian villains will be struck by how ethnically inaccurate their portrayals are. Moore's career had consisted of television and video game work, and his haphazard, frenetic new-age style of shooting the film was as senseless as it was nauseating. Despite its obvious shortcomings, the $40 million production yielded marginal profits, led to two even worse straight-to-video sequels, and was resurrected for a relatively long life on the cable television circuit. Along with the ridiculous script, the style of Behind Enemy Lines was seemingly inspired by Michael Bay and Jerry Bruckheimer, and at its worst moments, Don Davis' score emulates the most stale elements of the Bruckheimer-encouraged Media Ventures sound of action music from that time. Davis was at the height of his career in 2001. The former orchestrator had burst forth into mainstream film scoring with 1999's The Matrix and was in between his involvement with sequels in both that franchise and Jurassic Park. Despite the intelligence often conveyed in his diverse structures and instrumental choices, his projects of this variety didn't produce the kind of lengthy, high-profile career that many had anticipated for Davis (his output diminished to near nothing by the end of the 2000's). Never released commercially, his music for Behind Enemy Lines is competent but too predictable, reduced to formula applications in nearly all of its quarters. Because of its inherent bravado, however, the score remains popular among enthusiasts of the composer and film.



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Average: 2.76 Stars
***** 14 5 Stars
**** 13 4 Stars
*** 18 3 Stars
** 17 2 Stars
* 22 1 Stars
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MV comparison is pointless
TheDude - June 22, 2011, at 5:20 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 68:44
• 1. Main Title (Ustao) (1:18)
• 2. Golden Gridiron Pilot (1:37)
• 3. The Skies of Sarajevo (1:29)
• 4. Jet Smash (2:11)
• 5. Off Mission (1:03)
• 6. Stranded Stackhouse (1:38)
• 7. The Stack Interrogation (3:53)
• 8. Burnett on the Run (4:17)
• 9. Piquet Pernicious (1:07)
• 10. The Treacherous Tracker (3:11)
• 11. Field of Death (9:39)
• 12. Piquet, Pourquoi? (1:40)
• 13. Wire Worry (0:53)
• 14. Tracker Tres Terrible (3:10)
• 15. Persistent Piquet (1:58)
• 16. The Near-Fatal Dozeoff (0:35)
• 17. On Their Way to Hac (0:39)
• 18. Burnett's Body (1:58)
• 19. Burnett Bereavement (9:49)
• 20. Zbogom Bazda (4:33)
• 21. Airborne Rescue Brigade (0:58)
• 22. Battle on Thin Ice (7:21)
• 23. Ustao (Risen) (2:31)

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The insert of the promo includes no extra information about the score or film. The bootlegs contain different fan-made cover art.
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