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Breakout
(1975)
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Composed and Conducted by:

Orchestrated by:
Arthur Morton

Produced by:
Ford A. Thaxton
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Prometheus Records
(April, 1999)
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Limited and numbered release of 2,500 copies, available only through specialty outlets.
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Buy it... if you insist upon owning every Jerry Goldsmith score and would seek even a mundane action score for a mediocre Charles Bronson film.

Avoid it... if you expect the Latin influence in the Breakout score to rival most (if any) of Goldsmith's other crossover efforts of the era.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,056
WRITTEN 4/16/99, REVISED 9/9/07
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Breakout: (Jerry Goldsmith) After Death Wish in 1974, Charles Bronson's career as a vigilante seeking justice or money was as bankable as Clint Eastwood's equivalent. His character in 1975's Breakout fit the bill once again, and the film was only as successful as Bronson's name at the time. As for any particular merit in Breakout, that can be deduced to Robert Duvall in a supporting role, for Tom Gries' films were never fine art. They often did contain, however, a score by composer Jerry Goldsmith. Movies with Latin influences were commonplace in Goldsmith's career at the time, and in Breakout, Bronson would be hired by the wife of a wrongly arrested man to fly a helicopter across the border from America to Mexico to rescue him from a stinky 28-year prison sentence. Once again, Gries proves that Mexicans make good badguys, and Goldsmith is once again willing to compensate for Gries' poor techniques with an overachieving score. The two had collaborated on 100 Rifles, which featured a Goldsmith score of complex Latin rhythms and instrumentation over dissonant orchestral shades of gray. Breakout wouldn't require the flair of the spaghetti Western, and would ultimately be a far more simplistic score. While slowly pulling away from the mass of straight Western scores that had been a staple of his career in the previous decade, Goldsmith continued his output of colorful and ethnically rich and complex scores. Most prevalent was his knack for scores of Latin influence, and he succeeded in this genre better than most every other composer in the history of film music, culminating in the spectacular score for Under Fire in 1983. By comparison, Goldsmith's score for Breakout is a minimalist effort, a subtle score that requires a close listen to catch what fewer complexities it attempts.



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Average: 3.1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 40:01
• 1. Main Title (4:22)
• 2. False Arrest (1:04)
• 3. The Prison (1:46)
• 4. Buried Alive (4:28)
• 5. Ambushed (2:27)
• 6. Hasty Exit (2:11)
• 7. Schemes (1:51)
• 8. No More Money (0:50)
• 9. All Yours (1:48)
• 10. Farewells (1:01)
• 11. Border Crossing (1:17)
• 12. Miraculous Recovery/Waiting Game (1:21)
• 13. Waiting/Bear Hug (1:17)
• 14. Breakout - Part 1 (2:13)
• 15. Breakout - Part 2/Here They Come! (3:20)
• 16. The Tail/Just Routine (1:43)
• 17. Stalking/End Title (6:08)

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The insert contains lengthy, though somewhat strange and borderline inaccurate notes about the film and score by Gary Kester.
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