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Point of No Return
(1993)
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Composed, Arranged, and Co-Produced by:

Additional Music by:
Nick Glennie-Smith

Vocal Solos by:
Sam Ellis

Guitar Solos by:
Bob Daspit

Co-Produced by:
Jay Rifkin
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Milan/RCA
(March 23rd, 1993)
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Regular U.S. release. A straight re-issue in 2009 kept the album available for normal retail prices.
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Buy it... if you miss the days when Hans Zimmer infused his scores with undeniably alluring style and attitude, both of which spanning the gospel-laced hard rock and redemptive new age keyboarding in Point of No Return.

Avoid it... if you cannot tolerate the mostly synthetic, contemporary tones of Zimmer's relatively low-key and affable character themes that often derived from Rain Man at the time.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,616
WRITTEN 3/16/10
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Point of No Return: (Hans Zimmer) A remake of Luc Besson's cult 1990 favorite La Femme Nikita, Warner Brothers' 1993 American adaptation, Point of No Return by John Badham, was remarkably faithful to its inspiration in terms of plot, look, and feel. Bridget Fonda replaced Anne Parillaud as the story's famed female assassin, a young woman addicted to drugs who murders a police officer during a robbery and is sentenced to death. Her execution is staged, however, and with a new identity she is secretly trained (albeit without her full cooperation at the start) by a government agency in the assassination and espionage business. She is transformed into a woman capable of refined deception and is successful in several of her assignments before tripping up on her last one and confronting the company cleaner (Harvey Keitel, who else?). The bittersweet conclusion of Point of No Return trades romance for freedom, though the story's arch could be considered one of upbeat redemption. While far more fiscally successful than La Femme Nikita (and inspiring a television series on American cable TV later in the 90's), the film received only mixed reviews due to its strict adherence to the confines of that predecessor. One area in which the two films differ substantially is in the music, Eric Serra's somewhat generic approach to the original discarded and replaced with a compelling combination of Hans Zimmer's strikingly modern score and vintage performances by renown soul singer Nina Simone. The assassin in Point of No Return has a soft spot for Simone's performances and several of her songs are placed directly into the film. The original score was an early Media Ventures project, with Hans Zimmer assisted by Nick Glennie-Smith to produce music that in many ways bridges two eras in Zimmer's career. Thrillers with a touch of sensuality were not new to Zimmer, and Point of No Return emulates some of the composer's trademark 1980's methodology in handling those elements, but he also injects developing incarnations of the synthetic muscularity that would eventually define his career starting with Drop Zone the following year. To extend the Simone influence into a new generation of bad-ass sentiment, Zimmer applies a touch of gospel singing to Point of No Return as well, a sound that this score shares quite effectively with The Preacher's Wife. Together with electric guitar performances of a distinctly cold attitude, Point of No Return is an odd combination of Zimmer's career trademarks that is ultimately overshadowed, oddly enough, by simple keyboarding of an incredibly beautiful theme. Decades later, it endures as a personal favorite for many Zimmer collectors, and for good reason.

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Point of No Return Formula
Bruno Costa - January 15, 2011, at 5:03 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 45:36
• 1. Hate (7:26)
• 2. Happy Birthday, Maggie (5:36)
• 3. Wedding Bells (8:06)
• 4. Hells's Kitchen (5:08)
• 5. Here Comes the Sun* (3:35)
• 6. I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl* (2:31)
• 7. Feeling Good* (2:53)
• 8. Wild is the Wind* (6:57)
• 9. Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair* (3:26)
* performed by Nina Simone

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