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Malice
(1993)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Alexander Courage
Arthur Morton
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(September 28th, 1993)
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Regular U.S. release, but difficult to find in stores after a few years.
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Buy it... if you can never get enough of Jerry Goldsmith's trademark brass blasts, drum machine hits, tense string plucking, and children's lullabies, even if those elements don't congeal into anything notably new in Malice.

Avoid it... if you have no interest in hearing what strives to be, outside of the lullaby at either end of the score, a watered down version of Basic Instinct's suspense material.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,023
WRITTEN 3/15/97, REVISED 10/31/11
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Malice: (Jerry Goldsmith) With a high caliber cast and the same stylistically gloomy photography that Gordon Willis provided for the films in the franchise of The Godfather, the 1993 thriller Malice scratches and claws in its attempt to mimic the intellectual complexities of a genuine Alfred Hitchcock thriller. After several revisions by multiple, independent screenwriters, the story for Malice took on a life of its own, with so many convoluted plotlines throughout its length that the film works simply on the basic fact that it keeps you scratching your head in bewilderment during every moment. Despite major logical fallacies, the suspect script is floated by acting performances of Alec Baldwin (in a fitting role as a surgeon with a God complex), Nicole Kidman (in the latter end of her poofy hair days), Bill Pullman (who actually beats that "hopeless nice guy" stereotype by the end), as well as enjoyable bit roles by veterans Anne Bancroft and George C. Scott. It's no surprise that director and co-producer Harold Becker would want to utilize the services of experienced composer Jerry Goldsmith for Malice. Many of the slick and crafty elements of the film were deemed to necessitate music similar to that heard in the recently Oscar-nominated Basic Instinct by the same composer, and, in the end, a watered-down version of the Basic Instinct score is exactly what Malice would get. Much has been said about how hard Goldsmith labored on his music for Basic Instinct; the model of suspense was perhaps less difficult for the composer to write than the incorporation of sensuality into that model. For Malice, all Goldsmith needed to do was to strip the sensuality factor out of the structures and instrumentation that led to Basic Instinct's thrill and add a token variation on the "Carol Anne Theme" from Poltergeist for devious reasons. The combination is minimally sufficient, and it gets partially lost in the film along with the parts of the story relating to logic, though Goldsmith's contribution is not very interesting apart from the film. In the composer's long history of producing ambient suspense music punctuated by bright blasts of rhythmic action, Malice is just one step above his insufferably droning, all-synthetic entries of the middle to late-1980's.



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Average: 2.85 Stars
***** 32 5 Stars
**** 38 4 Stars
*** 59 3 Stars
** 51 2 Stars
* 42 1 Stars
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Above average!
Rende - October 14, 2006, at 6:46 a.m.
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Total Time: 33:30
• 1. Main Title (3:31)
• 2. A Lift Home (1:45)
• 3. No Friends (1:33)
• 4. With Malice (2:54)
• 5. The Handyman (2:45)
• 6. Clues (7:15)
• 7. No Choice (2:39)
• 8. The Body (10:43)

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