SUPPORT FILMTRACKS! CLICK HERE FIRST:
Amazon.com
Amazon.co.uk
iTunes (U.S.)
Amazon.ca
Amazon.fr
eBay (U.S.)
Amazon.de
Amazon.es
Half.com
Glisten Effect
Editorial Reviews
Scoreboard Forum
Viewer Ratings
Composers
Awards
   NEWEST MAJOR REVIEWS:
     1. San Andreas
    2. Mad Max: Fury Road
   3. Avengers: Age of Ultron
  4. Cinderella
 5. Furious 7
6. Jupiter Ascending
   CURRENT MOST POPULAR REVIEWS:
         1. Titanic
        2. Harry Potter: Sorcerer's Stone
       3. LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring
      4. Maleficent
     5. LOTR: Return of the King
    6. Hobbit: Unexpected Journey
   7. Interstellar
  8. Moulin Rouge
 9. Gladiator
10. How to Train Your Dragon 2
Home Page
Medicine Man
(1992)
Album Cover Art
Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Arthur Morton
Labels Icon
LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(February 4th, 1992)
Availability Icon
ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Regular U.S. release.
Awards
AWARDS
None.
Also See Icon
ALSO SEE




Decorative Nonsense
PRINTER FRIENDLY VIEW
(inverts site colors)



   Availability | Viewer Ratings | Comments | Audio & Track Listings | Notes
Buy it... if you appreciate both Jerry Goldsmith's unique library of synthetic sounds and his ability to counter them with stunningly gorgeous romance themes on high strings.

Avoid it... only if you have no interest in hearing the composer venture into ultra-positive calypso territory for his infectious, acoustic-guitar and pan pipe theme for the location of the story.
Review Icon
EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #516
WRITTEN 12/13/96, REVISED 9/7/08
Shopping Icon
BUY IT



Goldsmith
Goldsmith
Medicine Man: (Jerry Goldsmith) Films with political messages about the destruction of the Amazon rain forests were plentiful in the 1990's (even in the animated genre), and John McTiernan's Medicine Man is one of the more tedious and transparent entries. Blasted by critics, the early 1992 film proposed that Sean Connery, an ornery Scottish scientist, has found the cure for cancer in the forest, but the ingredients are quickly being destroyed by the fires and bulldozers of encroaching agriculture. When Lorraine Bracco shows up from the company that is financing him to examine his progress, the two inevitably join forces to develop the cure in time and, while they lose the larger battle for humanity, they at least can take solace in each other. For yet another film that didn't live up to the quality of his contribution, Jerry Goldsmith produced a forgotten gem of a score for Medicine Man that managed to survive the horrific box office failure of the film. Goldsmith's large-scale and popular score for the film continues to sell well and be played at public events. Its generous performances of ethnic and orchestral creativity show the obvious labor with which Goldsmith toiled to write this score, a considerable show of dedication to detail that would be lacking in his scores a decade later. In 1992, Goldsmith was still at the height of his true mastery of electronic and orchestral melding, and Medicine Man takes both of these elements and combines them with a diverse percussion section (partially synthetic, of course) to recreate the exotic, foreign, and romantic atmosphere of the rain forests. The only redeeming part of McTiernan's film is indeed the Goldsmith score, which simply dominates several scenes during its running time. The greatest asset of his music for Medicine Man is that it never ceases in its creativity. It therefore maintains a strong sense of character and personality that is largely unique in his career. It's silly and playful without resorting to dumb cliches, and it's menacing in its action without completely losing the style of the work's lightest moments. And, most importantly, it uses Goldsmith's library of sound effects to imitate the sounds of the forest, a prerequisite for a score such as this.

Ratings Icon
VIEWER RATINGS
1,472 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.73 Stars
***** 461 5 Stars
**** 478 4 Stars
*** 313 3 Stars
** 128 2 Stars
* 92 1 Stars
  (View results for all titles)

Comments Icon
COMMENTS
2 TOTAL COMMENTS
Read All Start New Thread Search Comments
instrument
Colin - July 5, 2007, at 1:16 p.m.
1 comment  (1496 views)
Excellent Goldsmith Score
M.Sender - June 23, 2006, at 11:22 a.m.
1 comment  (1731 views)
More...


Track Listings Icon
TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 50:09
• 1. Rae's Arrival (5:06)
• 2. First Morning (3:46)
• 3. Campbell and the Children (1:57)
• 4. The Trees (6:01)
• 5. The Harvest (3:11)
• 6. Mocara (3:36)
• 7. Mountain High (2:41)
• 8. Without a Net (4:19)
• 9. Finger Painting (2:30)
• 10. What's Wrong (1:52)
• 11. The Injection (2:09)
• 12. The Sugar (2:08)
• 13. The Fire (2:10)
• 14. A Meal and a Bath (8:03)

Notes Icon
NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes no extra information about the score or film.
Copyright © 1996-2015, Filmtracks Publications. All rights reserved.
The reviews and other textual content contained on the filmtracks.com site may not be published, broadcast, rewritten
or redistributed without the prior written authority of Christian Clemmensen at Filmtracks Publications. All artwork and sound clips from Medicine Man are Copyright © 1996, Varèse Sarabande and cannot be redistributed without the label's expressed written consent. Page created 12/13/96 and last updated 9/7/08.
Reviews Preload Scoreboard decoration Ratings Preload Composers Preload Awards Preload Home Preload Search Preload