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Kindergarten Cop
(1990)
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Composed, Conducted, Performed, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Greig McRitchie
Mark McKenzie
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(August 31st, 1990)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Regular U.S. release, but out of print as of 2005.
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Buy it... if you specifically enjoyed the bouncy, fluffy marching music heard in the film's heroic school yard scenes.

Avoid it... if Randy Edelman's lightweight romance themes or typical synthetic rhythms aren't substantive enough to hold your interest.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #579
WRITTEN 5/9/98, REVISED 8/18/08
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Kindergarten Cop: (Randy Edelman) A 1990 sleeper comedy hit by Ivan Reitman starring the still-bulky Arnold Schwarzenegger as a cop-turned-teacher, Kindergarten Cop has become an international hit on television airings for many years. The unlikely bodybuilder and his heavy Austrian accent spar with obnoxious kindergarteners to create lines commonly considered classic in Hollywood's history. The film itself, though, sputters in its faux-suspense ending, diminishing the charm inherent in the mismatched character scenarios. Among the best moments of Kindergarten Cop are those in which Schwarzenegger exists in full Terminator mode, but cautious critics and dismayed parents noted at the time of the film's debut that there is significant material not meant for the eyes of kids. Composer Randy Edelman's career had not blossomed yet when Kindergarten Cop hit the theatres, and he has since become best known for his action and adventure works (mostly with synthesized backbones). Undoubtedly, Kindergarten Cop was a project for which a nearly perfect musical score was molded, and it would turn out to be the defining comedy score in Edelman's early career. Rarely before had the mainstream heard an orchestral score that is as charming in a school-like setting. The success of the film owes much to Edelman's score, for it encompasses all the spirit of kindergarten and affable nature of the central characters of the story. Because the film is a lightweight, however, the score is flighty as well; it's about as far from Edelman's sweeping epic sound as he could get (at least in the vast majority of the work). This approach is not only perfect for the film, but it surprisingly makes for an easy listening experience on a relatively short album, too. There are three or four key elements of the score that function very well together, and because they really don't mingle on any occasion, they're very easy to identify and enjoy on their own merits. The love theme is central to the relationship between Schwarzenegger and his leading co-star. It's a delightful and recognizable piano theme that is placed at several key moments in the film and breathes genuine life into tender moments that could otherwise be made a bit awkward by Schwarzenegger's menacing physical form.



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486 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.29 Stars
***** 104 5 Stars
**** 127 4 Stars
*** 129 3 Stars
** 62 2 Stars
* 64 1 Stars
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love the movie
amanda briggs - May 23, 2006, at 2:22 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 38:15
• 1. Astoria School Theme (1:06)
• 2. Children's Montage (3:21)
• 3. Love Theme (Joyce) (2:30)
• 4. Stalking Crisp (3:39)
• 5. Dominic's Theme/A Rough Day (1:54)
• 6. The Line Up/Fireside Chat (2:57)
• 7. Rain Ride (1:55)
• 8. The Kindergarten Cop (1:27)
• 9. Poor Cindy/Gettysburg Address (2:06)
• 10. A Dinner Invitation (0:47)
• 11. Love Theme Reprise (1:25)
• 12. A Magic Place (2:54)
• 13. Kimball Reveals the Truth (1:44)
• 14. The Tower/Everything is OK (2:29)
• 15. Fire at the School (5:38)
• 16. Closing (2:14)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes no extra information about the film or score. The album's tracks are not arranged in the same order as they appear in the film, with the concert suites offered first. Total and track times are not listed on the CD or its packaging.
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