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I.Q.
(1994)
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2002 Bootleg
2009 La-La Land
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Arthur Morton
Alexander Courage

Violin Solos by:
Rudolf Osadnik

2009 Album Produced by:
Dan Goldwasser
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(Bootleg)
(2002)

La-La Land Records
(October 16th, 2009)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
This score was only available on the secondary market in bootleg form until the 2009 La-La Land Records pressing of 3,000 copies was offered through soundtrack specialty outlets for $20. The 2009 product, which also includes Goldsmith's 1966 score for Seconds, was projected to sell out in early 2010 and escalate in price.
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Buy it... only if you're attempting to complete a Jerry Goldsmith collection, because as cute and affable as this comedy score is, there's not much substance outside of a high profile melodic adaptation and some catchy 50's-style rhythms.

Avoid it... if you cringe at the prospect of hearing Goldsmith rely upon "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" as the primary thematic identity for this film (and break no new ground in other parts).
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,648
WRITTEN 7/18/09, REVISED 2/25/10
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I.Q.: (Jerry Goldsmith) When Albert Einstein instructs the audience not to let its brain interfere with its heart, a red flag has to be raised. The 1994 Fred Schepisi comedy I.Q. has two concurrent storylines, one that is standard romance material and another than never realizes its potential in terms of intellectual humor. Meg Ryan and Tim Robbins are the unlikely couple destined for love in the story, prodded along in their predictably affable roles by Walter Matthau playing the part of Einstein (Ryan's character's uncle). He engineers the romantic narrative of I.Q. while also bantering back and forth with three of his intellectual counterparts, a sub-plot with more potential than Schepisi realized. Received with faint praise outside of those who are suckers for the silliest of films in the romantic comedy genre, I.Q. is generally remembered for its mediocre screenplay, the result of significant editing by writers throughout the production. Making a memorable impact on the film is its music, partly because Einstein plays Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" on the violin in the story. Also at the forefront is a cute and undemanding score by veteran composer Jerry Goldsmith. The five collaborations between Goldsmith and Schepisi began with The Russia House in 1990, and for that achievement alone, the two men have to be forgiven for the four relatively poor or unremarkable scores to result from the two thereafter (Mr. Baseball, Six Degrees of Separation, I.Q., and Fierce Creatures). It could be argued that I.Q. is the most interesting of those four scores, though given its extremely light demeanor and slight footprint in the composer's career, that isn't saying much. Of more consequence for collectors of Goldsmith's music is the fact that I.Q. had long remained the only score written by the composer over the last two decades of his career that had never received any formal album release. Running under 40 minutes, Goldsmith's recording for I.Q. is all humor and little substance, and with the disappearance of the film from the collective memory, it was not surprising to see this rare void in the availability of his music. That said, however, I.Q. is a better score than many of the ridiculous comedy works he produced in the 1990's (and even psychotic bewilderments like Link), so it wasn't a surprise when La-La Land Records finally pressed a limited presentation of the featherweight score to CD in 2009 (along with Goldsmith's challenging music for the 1966 psychological drama Seconds, an extremely awkward pairing to say the least).



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Audio Samples   ▼
2002 Bootleg Tracks   ▼Total Time: 37:07
• (29 Untitled Tracks)

2009 La-La Land Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 69:13

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There exists no formal packaging to any of the bootleg variations for this score. The 2009 La-La Land album includes extensive information about the score and film.
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