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Rent-A-Cop
(1988)
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1988 Intrada
2009 Intrada
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Arthur Morton

Co-Produced by:
Douglass Fake

Performed by:
The Hungarian State Opera Orchestra, Budapest
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Intrada Records
(November 24th, 1988)

Intrada Records
(September, 2009)
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The 1988 album was a regular U.S. release, but it fell completely out of print in the 1990's and became very difficult to find. The 2009 album is limited to 3,000 copies and available only through soundtrack specialty outlets.
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Buy it... if you want the irresistible title theme that brought Jerry Goldsmith as close as he'd ever come to the sound of a vintage James Bond song.

Avoid it... if the idea of hearing Goldsmith imitate Bill Conti's light rock style causes you significant consternation, regardless of the composer's safely standard rhythmic material for mostly synthesizers in the suspenseful half of the score.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,078
WRITTEN 6/27/98, REVISED 3/11/10
Goldsmith
Goldsmith
Rent-A-Cop: (Jerry Goldsmith) A "bad cop, good hooker" film fresh off the factory line, Rent-A-Cop really has nothing distinct to tell about it. A former Chicago police detective is kicked off the force after a sting goes wrong (but it wasn't his fault, of course) and he is forced to work as a department store security guard while masked as Santa Claus. That would be Burt Reynolds wearing the costume. And then you've got a prostitute with a heart of gold who is the only person who can help the cop solve the case that involves him. That would be Liza Minnelli with the shrill voice. The cop hesitates, the hooker persists, they both suffer from the same danger, and they're forced to save their lives together and bring down the stereotypical eccentric 'vice lord' and his criminal gang of thugs. There's no need to belabor the self-explanatory romantic aspect of the story. One of the only things that worked reasonably well for Rent-A-Cop is the on-screen chemistry between Reynolds and Minnelli (or Burt and Liza, as the movie poster said in huge letters), re-uniting as a couple on the big screen for a second time. Other than their strangely funny and enjoyable pairing, the film's ridiculously predictable plot left no other redeeming element to the production (unfortunately, director Jerry London's career would be littered with such entries). The only other exceptional aspect of the film would turn out to be the score by Jerry Goldsmith. Rather than hearing Minnelli sing (or screech, depending on your preferences) throughout the picture, listeners got Goldsmith music that stands some distance apart from the other works by the composer in the late 1980's. At the time, the film seemed like a completely unexplainable abnormality in Goldsmith's career, because despite the odd diversion for The 'Burbs that would follow a year later (understandable given that it is a Joe Dante film), the composer had spent the decade toiling with fuller drama, suspense, science-fiction, and horror.



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223 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.96 Stars
***** 39 5 Stars
**** 43 4 Stars
*** 53 3 Stars
** 48 2 Stars
* 40 1 Stars
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Good score!
Rende - March 2, 2007, at 12:55 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1988 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 35:37
• 1. Rent-A-Cop (2:20)
• 2. The Bust (6:00)
• 3. Lonely Cop (1:35)
• 4. Russian Roulette (1:39)
• 5. The Station (2:49)
• 6. Worth a Lot (2:32)
• 7. Lights Out (2:15)
• 8. This is the Guy (3:53)
• 9. They Need Me (1:45)
• 10. The Room (3:12)
• 11. Lake Forest (2:10)
• 12. Jump (4:34)
2009 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 51:20

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The insert of the 1988 album includes no extra information about the score or film. The 2009 album includes lengthy notation about both.
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