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Ladyhawke
(1985)
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Composed, Orchestrated, and Conducted by:
Andrew Powell

Produced by:
Alan Parsons
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
GNP Crescendo Records
(December, 1995)
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Regular U.S. release, but completely out of print and difficult to find.
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Buy it... only if you still have big hair and can't get enough of that early-80's Alan Parsons Project keyboard and guitar sound.

Avoid it... if you were as horrified by the inappropriateness of the score in the film as 98% of the public was.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #320
WRITTEN 12/13/96, REVISED 6/24/06
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Ladyhawke: (Andrew Powell) In the rush to capitalize on the popularity of the blossoming fantasy genre in the early 1980's, studios had to be somewhat nervous about the offerings they were each about to produce in 1985. Most of them were complete failures, including Red Sonja and Legend, though Ladyhawke actually managed to become a moderate success at the box office. Director Richard Donner as an established force, the cast was filled with young stars and old favorites, and the story was romantically set in a familiar medieval universe. That plot loosely involves a curse that has caused two lovers (Michelle Pfeiffer and Rutger Hauer) to take the shape of animals against their will, one at night and one during the day, so that they can never be together. Their encounters saving the life (and utilizing the services) of a mousy Matthew Broderick provides the action. The film has a loyal cult following even two decades later, and the project is a rare example of a circumstance in which it has always been controversial because of its music. Donner had worked with both John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith, though with Williams on tour and taking a break from film scoring and Goldsmith mired in the disaster of Legend for Ridley Scott, Donner came up with the idea of combining the services of orchestrator Andrew Powell and taking advantage of the pop culture music fad invading fantasy films at the time. It's hard to figure exactly where the genre switched its allegiance from the robust orchestral fantasy scores of Williams, James Horner, Trevor Jones, and Basil Poledouris to the more contemporary 1980's rock scene. Some point to Toto's strangely effective Dune score in 1984 as the source. But in any case, 1985 fantasy films hastened the popular demise of the genre through this "popification." In the last gasps of the Conan franchise, Ennio Morricone would infuse his orchestral score with rock elements, while Goldsmith's score for Legend would be tossed by the studio in favor of a Tangerine Dream replacement. And for Ladyhawke, Donner and the producers reportedly heard music from the Alan Parsons Project while scouting locations in Italy and decided to incorporate it as part of their film as well.

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Average: 2.66 Stars
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* 93 1 Stars
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Music following 'Trotto'
acrabtreegirl - October 24, 2012, at 2:53 p.m.
1 comment  (366 views)
..i think..
cognac - February 1, 2010, at 12:46 a.m.
1 comment  (1091 views)
I don't get the soundtrack criticism
Caile76 - October 14, 2009, at 8:32 p.m.
1 comment  (1259 views)
Parsons, Woolfson, Powell
Rene' A. Rodri'guez - March 11, 2009, at 9:08 p.m.
1 comment  (1412 views)
Music is great!
Navarre - August 29, 2007, at 2:01 p.m.
1 comment  (2205 views)
It's a Parsons album, that's how to deal with it..   Expand >>
CS_TBL - November 9, 2006, at 3:44 p.m.
3 comments  (3594 views)
Newest: February 6, 2007, at 5:54 p.m.by SC
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 63:40
• 1. Main Title (2:59)
• 2. Phillippe's Espace (1:40)
• 3. The Search for Phillippe (3:25)
• 4. Tavern Fight (Phillippe) (2:08)
• 5. Tavern Fight (Navarre) (2:38)
• 6. Pitou's Woods (4:04)
• 7. Phillippe Describes Isabeau (1:11)
• 8. Bishop's Procession (2:50)
• 9. Wedding Music (1:41)
• 10. Navarre's Ambush (4:53)
• 11. Imperius Removes Arrow (1:33)
• 12. Chase/Fall/Transformation (2:06)
• 13. Cezar's Woods (5:29)
• 14. She Was Sad at First (2:06)
• 15. Navarre Returns to Aquila (1:36)
• 16. Turret Chase/The Fall - Film Version (2:46)
• 17. Wolf Trapped on Ice (2:34)
• 18. Navarre and Isabeau's Dual Transformation (3:23)
• 19. Navarre and Marquet Duel (4:22)
• 20. Marquet's Death (1:59)
• 21. Bishop's Death (2:26)
• 22. Final Reunion/End Title (8:14)
• 23. Ladyhawke Theme: Single Version (3:35)

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