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In the Line of Fire
(1993)
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Composed, Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

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Unione Musicisti di Roma
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Epic Soundtrax/Sony Music
(July 6th, 1993)
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Buy it... for the ten minutes of the pretty, woodwind-performed theme of romance sprinkled throughout this otherwise challenging listening experience.

Avoid it... if Ennio Morricone's distinctly retro approach to handling the suspense of this story, with awkward 1970's techniques and instrumentation throughout, sounds strangely dysfunctional to you in this Digital Age context.
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In the Line of Fire: (Ennio Morricone) One of the most acclaimed and popular movies of 1993, In the Line of Fire also happened to cast Clint Eastwood in a leading for the final time in a film that he did not himself direct. Several years of development went into a collaboration with the American Secret Service to research the inspiration for this film, the sole, still active agent who was serving on the day that President Kennedy was assassinated. The premise of In the Line of Fire details the emotional trauma of that this agent (Eastwood) still suffers on the job in the early 1990's, and when a former government operative decides to assassinate the current president, he plays a tormenting cat and mouse game with the agent. The role offered Eastwood another chance to play a tough guy from a previous generation turned vulnerable and fallible in his old age, suffering a number of setbacks in this film until one physical confrontation with the villain at the end. That assassin is played by none other than John Malkovich in a signature role, and Rene Russo is a fellow agent who provides some "love interest" material with whom Eastwood can contemplate his failings. A smart script and creative editing (which required the digital manipulation of 1992 presidential election footage and old 1960's movie scenes to show Eastwood's younger self with Kennedy) landed In the Line of Fire a number of Academy Award nominations. For the film's music, legendary composer Ennio Morricone used the opportunity to continue his push into mainstream American assignments at the time. Such ventures in the latter decades of his career weren't always successful, and In the Line of Fire stands high among his more curious failures. Director Wolfgang Petersen has always been known for rotating wildly between composers from project to project, and perhaps Morricone was a poor match for this movie in particular. The composer's approach to the 1993 film was surprisingly outdated the moment it was recorded, seemingly trying to place the setting of In the Line of Fire in the 1970's. The score is an odd blend of Bill Conti's vintage contemporary merging of pop instrumentation and rhythms with orchestral backing on one hand and David Shire's challenging, post-modern techniques of symphonic minimalism and dissonant edginess from that same earlier period on the other. Add a somewhat misplaced dose of Morricone's European romanticism and you have a work that is distracting in the film despite generating most of the basic suspense necessitated by the story.



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The Music Score: In The Line Of Fire
Frederic Yacono - December 21, 2014, at 1:37 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 63:26
• 1. In the Line of Fire (2:19)
• 2. Lilly and Frank (4:02)
• 3. "Aim High" (4:21)
• 4. The Boat (2:10)
• 5. Leary's Shrine (2:05)
• 6. On the Rooftops (4:27)
• 7. Discovery in Phoenix (2:59)
• 8. Lilly and Frank (2:29)
• 9. Frank is Depressed (2:39)
• 10. Arriving in L.A. (2:39)
• 11. Lilly and Frank (1:49)
• 12. Telephone Call (3:31)
• 13. Dinner Date (2:01)
• 14. Frank (1:35)
• 15. Solving the Puzzle (1:45)
• 16. Another Telephone Call (4:05)
• 17. Dallas Recalled (3:08)
• 18. In the Park (2:09)
• 19. Taking the Bullet (2:38)
• 20. Arriving in L.A. (1:56)
• 21. Lilly and Frank (1:32)
• 22. Collage (5:18)
• 23. On the Trail (1:50)

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