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Heat
(1995)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Performed by:

Conducted by:
Jonathan Sheffer
Stephen Mercurio

Co-Orchestrated by:
Robert Elhai

Produced by:
Matthias Gohl
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Warner Brothers
(December 19th, 1995)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you appreciate Elliot Goldenthal's most intelligent avant garde works, because Heat gives the cops and robber genre a stylish atmospheric twist.

Avoid it... if you require either thematic continuity or consistency in harmonic, ball-busting rhythms for your shootout flicks.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #761
WRITTEN 8/11/03, REVISED 7/24/08
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Heat: (Elliot Goldenthal) While most of the press and audience attention pointed at writer/director Michael Mann's 1995 thriller Heat revolved around the pairing of veteran actors Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in a few scenes together, what often gets lost in the equation are the other remarkable attributes of the film. It's a cops and robbers story of heightened professionalism and intensity, with heist scenes that are nothing less than spectacular. The film's greatest weakness, and one that truly killed its chances during the awards season, was its tendency to explore auxiliary characters and plotlines that weren't necessary, causing the film to run far longer than it should have. Among the film's better elements is its use of music. Mann certainly knows his genres of music, and he typically has a very clear idea about the specific tone of the soundtrack he wants in his films long ahead of production. For Heat, he merged a collection of weighty rock songs (ranging from edgy to sinister) with a distinctly post-modern original score by a composer who turned out to be perfect for the job: Elliot Goldenthal. Fresh off his Academy Award nomination for Interview with the Vampire and a blockbuster score for Batman Forever (and with Cobb in tow), Goldenthal was in danger of losing the touch with the avant garde sound that had generated a new fan base with Alien 3 and, to a lesser extent, Demolition Man. But Heat was a stark, obvious reminder of the composer's leanings in that direction, thrilling his fans and providing Mann with a score that fit very well with both the spirit of the film and the songs that the director had chosen for use in key scenes. Perhaps the only score in Goldenthal's career that Heat could be squarely compared to is S.W.A.T., though while the 2003 score is a bashing thunderclap of hard rock from various ages, Heat is a more psychologically engaging and intellectually challenging score. It's a work that is intense while economical with its components, which is perhaps the most compelling argument in favor of this score's status among Goldenthal's best.

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268 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.19 Stars
***** 69 5 Stars
**** 54 4 Stars
*** 53 3 Stars
** 45 2 Stars
* 47 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 74:30
• 1. Heat* - performed by Kronos Quartet (7:40)
• 2. Always Forever Now - performed by Passengers (Brian Eno/U2) (6:54)
• 3. Condensers* (2:33)
• 4. Refinery Surveillance* - performed by Kronos Quartet (1:43)
• 5. Last Nite - performed by Terje Rypdal & the Chasers (3:29)
• 6. Ultramarine - performed by Michael Brook (4:34)
• 7. Armenia - performed by Einsturzende Neubauten (4:56)
• 8. Of Helplessness* (2:39)
• 9. Steel Cello Lament* (1:42)
• 10. Mystery Man - performed by Terje Rypdal (4:39)
• 11. New Dawn Fades - performed by Moby (2:54)
• 12. Entrada and Shootout* (1:45)
• 13. Force Marker - performed by Brian Eno (3:37)
• 14. Coffee Shop* (1:37)
• 15. Fate Scrapes* (1:34)
• 16. La Bas (Edited Version) - performed by Lisa Gerrard (3:10)
• 17. Gloradin - performed by Lisa Gerrard (3:56)
• 18. Run Uphill* (2:51)
• 19. Predator Diorama* - performed by Kronos Quartet (2:39)
• 20. Of Separation* (2:20)
• 21. God Moving Over the Face of the Waters - performed by Moby (6:58)
* score material composed by Elliot Goldenthal (total: 29:19)

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