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Knight and Day
(2010)
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted by:
William Ross

Orchestrated by:
Dave Metzger
Rick Giovanazzo
Germaine Franco

Additional Arrangements by:
James McKee Smith
Paul Mounsey
Michael John Mollo
Beth Caucci

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(July 13th, 2010)
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Regular U.S. release, but difficult to find within a year.
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Buy it... if your appreciation of John Powell's espionage mode compels you to seek this lesser cousin of Mr. and Mrs. Smith, a basically adequate but surprisingly uninspiring continuation of the same basic idea.

Avoid it... if the interesting fusion of discordant musical genres and international instrumentation in a handful of snazzy performances cannot carry action material that remains non-descript until the impressive finale cue.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,751
WRITTEN 8/3/11
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Knight and Day: (John Powell) Being stuck in production hell isn't all too uncommon for summer action flicks nowadays, but it's relatively rare when the studio and financiers that finally transcend such issues are faced with the ultimate "oh, shit" moment as they realize just before its release that the film is going to bomb at the box office. Such a nightmare was in store for Knight and Day, a project that had begun as a serious thriller and morphed through several generations of scripts, genres, cast, and crew before landing with a thud in June of 2010. Its final plotline involves a mysterious spy and the everyday woman who gets tangled in his international affairs by accident, essentially dragged along for the ride until she decides to voluntarily join forces with him. One of the major detractions of Knight and Day that wasn't evident until the film was screened is its duo of leads. Cameron Diaz and Tom Cruise were received very poorly by audiences, mostly because of the fact that they are both past their prime in the action genre but also because of an interesting societal backlash against the latter. Critical response to Knight and Day was tepid at best, and American audiences met the nervous, low expectations of the studio by failing to really embrace the film. Ironically, though, massive international returns shot the film's gross beyond $260 million, classifying it as a fiscal success. If predictability and a lack of fresh design left audiences uncaring about Knight and Day, then John Powell's rather streamlined score probably didn't do much to help the situation. A veteran of the espionage and comedy genres, Powell was well equipped to handle this assignment and he did approach it with a few unique ideas in mind, but ultimately his music for the occasion was completely overshadowed by other, far higher quality efforts during 2010. His basic ingredients for Knight and Day are predictable, a standard orchestral ensemble joined by electric and acoustic guitars, a handful of exotic specialty instruments, and, most importantly, a substantial collection of percussion.



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179 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.91 Stars
***** 18 5 Stars
**** 45 4 Stars
*** 49 3 Stars
** 38 2 Stars
* 29 1 Stars
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No mention of "Hostage"?
3-3 - September 20, 2011, at 5:57 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 54:43
• 1. At the Airport (4:42)
• 2. Rough Landing (3:45)
• 3. Trouble on I-93 (4:06)
• 4. Running From Roy (2:21)
• 5. Hostage (3:34)
• 6. Car Ferry (1:34)
• 7. To the Island of Love (4:21)
• 8. In Austria (1:32)
• 9. Galley Fight (3:38)
• 10. Five Star (2:16)
• 11. June Spies (3:28)
• 12. He's a Spy (1:13)
• 13. Rooftops (3:20)
• 14. The Villa (2:27)
• 15. Reunion (4:26)
• 16. Bull Run (4:55)
• 17. Going to Cape Horn? Take a Jacket (3:07)

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The insert includes a list of performers but no extra information about the score or film.
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