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Pacific Heights
(1990)
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Composed, Arranged, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Shirley Walker

Co-Orchestrated by:
Bruce Fowler
Steve Bartek

Co-Produced by:
Jay Rifkin
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(September 28th, 1990)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if stylish jazz (with noir sentiments in snazzy solo performances) over satisfying, synthetic orchestral accompaniment is how like you like your urban thrillers to be packaged.

Avoid it... if only twenty minutes of occasionally intoxicating thematic exploration in Pacific Heights isn't worth hearing Hans Zimmer's somewhat generic suspense material in the remainder.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,642
WRITTEN 4/5/10
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Pacific Heights: (Hans Zimmer) With a "tenant from hell" formula and an insane but effectively ingratiating villain, Pacific Heights showed promise but fell victim of director John Schlesinger's tactic of aiming for the kind of cheap thrills generic to horror films of much lesser budgets. The 1990 production cast Michael Keaton as the mysterious con artist who makes life a living hell for the owners of a San Francisco home in hopes of forcing them into foreclosure and picking up the residence for himself. He installs himself as a tenant in their place without actually paying them, all the while tormenting the other tenants and the owners upstairs. The young couple that attempts to deal with him (Melanie Griffith and Matthew Modine) eventually resorts to physical action and a little con action themselves to strike back at Keaton's shady maneuvers. Stumbling over cliches and stereotypes in almost each sequence, Pacific Heights is the type of film that best resides on late night cable, though Hans Zimmer's score is one of the bright spots (along with Keaton in any role as creep) that may make the entire thing worth watching. In the early 1990's, Zimmer was in the process of branching out into a multitude of directions that yielded some of the composer's most diverse efforts. He had a knack for overachieving in assignments that called for simple, workmanlike music, often leading to scores with the depth of style and personality not heard in many of his larger budget projects to come a decade later. The composer had a habit, despite his refreshing experimentation in the application of solo acoustic instruments to synthetic orchestral samples, of adapting his prior themes and instrumental techniques in his scores across this period. Rather rare in Zimmer's career, during any time, have been the horror and suspense genres, though, and Pacific Heights therefore received music that has basic mannerisms that will be familiar but execution and tone that is relatively unique. A certain amount of generic slasher material was required for scenes of outright horror (as well as some unpleasant, dissonant droning that his keyboards easily provided), but outside of these passages, Zimmer treats Pacific Heights as though it were a high class mystery straight from the film noir age. It's in the attractively melodic half of Pacific Heights that a collector of the composer's music will find significant enjoyment.

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Average: 3.07 Stars
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Total Time: 36:40
• 1. Part I (12:14)
• 2. Part II (7:26)
• 3. Part III (9:24)
• 4. Part IV (8:05)

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