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On Deadly Ground
(1994)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Greig McRitchie
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Varèse Sarabande
(March 15th, 1994)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are an avid Basil Poledouris collector, and enjoy his trademark synthetic rhythms under bold and brass themes.

Avoid it... if you agree that Poledouris' action writing doesn't receive due treatment from undersized ensembles and poor mixing.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,021
WRITTEN 3/25/97, REVISED 2/19/06
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On Deadly Ground: (Basil Poledouris) If somebody in the room with you starts laughing when he or she hears actor Michael Caine's voice in real-life commercials for petroleum companies, then that person will have watched On Deadly Ground. The wretched film marked the directorial debut of crotch-kicking martial arts specialist (and actor, though some wouldn't go that far) Steven Seagal, who saw the project as an opportunity to insert his liberal ideologies into a film in which he could also be seen doing what he enjoys in his spare time: punching and kicking other grown men in painful places. When not invading other peoples' personal bubble space with his fist or foot, he delivers dialogue that only the mother of the writer could love, and On Deadly Ground is filled to the brim with such banter. On the political front, Seagal delivers a short docudrama against oil companies at the end of the film that the studio forced him to cut in length dramatically. Scenes of explosions, death, and bar fights are interspersed between lengthy moments of religious mysticism and discovery, something also important to Seagal personally. But that leaves only the explosions (including a whopper at the end... miniatures have never been so abused) and Caine's pale and bloated portrayal of an evil oil tycoon as guilty pleasures for this late night usual on cable TV. Caine's scene filming a pro-oil commercial with live animals, and his vulgar, distasteful reaction to those animals, is the reason for irony in the real-life TV counterparts. It's not entirely clear what would attract veteran composer Basil Poledouris to Seagal's directorial debut, or even to Seagal's sequel to Under Siege thereafter. But Poledouris seems content with these odd assignments, and in the shadow of the success with Free Willy comes the score for On Deadly Ground. In the end, he easily overdelivers for the film.



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Total Time: 29:37
• 1. Main Titles (2:19)
• 2. Aegis Flameout (1:43)
• 3. Forrest Found (1:35)
• 4. The Journey (7:57)
• 5. Forrest Decides/Horse Chase (3:54)
• 6. Jennings Goes Down (4:45)
• 7. The Warning/End Credits (7:18)

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