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Night Crossing
(1981)
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1987 Intrada
1994 Intrada
Album 2 Cover Art
2014 Intrada
Album 3 Cover Art
Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Arthur Morton

Performed by:
The National Philharmonic Orchestra
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Intrada Records
(1987)

Intrada Records
(1994)

Intrada Records
(May 26th, 2014)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1987 Intrada album was a regular commercial release but is long out of print and ultimately fetched $50 on the secondary market. The 1994 Intrada expanded album was a limited pressing of unknown quantity and is very rare since selling out. It sold for more than $150 in the 2000's. The 2014 Intrada album is also limited with unknown quantities produced but sold initially for $20.
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Buy it... if you seek a redemptive combination of Jerry Goldsmith's swirling fantasy atmosphere, brutal military themes, and complicated layers of orchestral lines in a very engaging and dynamic package.

Avoid it... if you expect an abundance of any of the three major themes from Night Crossing, two of which very strong in their addressing of the hopes and fears of those making the daring escape on screen.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,453
WRITTEN 7/20/09, REVISED 8/16/14
Goldsmith
Goldsmith
Night Crossing: (Jerry Goldsmith) Based on the dramatic true story of two families' attempts to escape the oppression of the Iron Curtain in 1979, Night Crossing is wholesome entertainment from Disney. With Germany divided by a three-mile wide killing zone with tall walls and gun towers, a small group of average East German folks decide to build a hot air balloon as their method of smuggling themselves to the other side. The daring night attempt initially fails due to burner problems, sending one family's members into hiding while they construct a second balloon with the help of another family. The second escape attempt, this time with the military aware of their plans, is equally perilous, but despite crashing once again, the balloon manages to carry both groups just far enough. Starring John Hurt, Night Crossing was a decent film, though John McGreevey's screenplay is choked with ridiculous dialogue and shallow connections between the primary characters. Countering with a very strong effort is composer Jerry Goldsmith, who approached the project with an interesting combination of exuberant spirit (inspired likely by the determination of the families and the essence of flight) and militaristic bombast (meant to represent the Communist control of the region). There is even a slightly stereotypical European sensibility exhibited by the composer in an accordion waltz used as one of the film's primary themes. The overall personality of the music for Night Crossing is adventurous, with a deadly serious tone occasionally soothed by sensitivity that would be expanded upon in The Secret of N.I.M.H. and melodramatic, sweeping drama that in some places offers the same resonance that Lionheart would exhibit in abundance. Trusting his composition to his usual performing group in London, the National Philharmonic Orchestra, Goldsmith writes an unusually complicated score for a film that really didn't deserve such complexity in its music. The composer often created highly layered works for cinematic failures, though unlike the pervasively optimistic and therefore one-dimensional personality of a hyperactive score like Supergirl, Night Crossing actually benefits greatly from the constant flourishes of multi-layered activity. Goldsmith uses fluttering or wildly spinning violin, woodwind, or piano lines around his thematic material to not only accentuate the tension and excitement of the journey, but the concept of uncertain flight.



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Average: 3.5 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1987 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 47:06
• 1. Main Title (1:48)
• 2. All in Vain (3:24)
• 3. The Picnic (4:04)
• 4. Plans (5:06)
• 5. Success (3:43)
• 6. First Flight (9:45)
• 7. The Patches (2:50)
• 8. Tomorrow We Go (1:03)
• 9. No Time to Wait (5:36)
• 10. Final Flight (6:16)
• 11. In the West (3:34)
1994 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 59:12
2014 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 74:42

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