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Ruby Cairo
(1993)
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1993 Sony Japan
2001 Prometheus
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Greig McRitchie
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Sony (Japanese)
(August, 1993)

Prometheus Records
(May, 2001)
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The 1993 Sony album was only commercially available in Japan, fetching significant import prices in America. The 2001 Prometheus album was a limited release available only through specialty outlets, and has since become a rarity.
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Buy it... only if you are an established fan of John Barry's predictable constructs and lush instrumentation from the latter part of his career.

Avoid it... if you desire any significant variation on that reliable Barry equation for dramatic topics.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,105
WRITTEN 5/7/01, REVISED 10/27/08
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Ruby Cairo: (John Barry) A largely forgotten film because of its distribution delays, Ruby Cairo (released originally under the name Deception) is a suspenseful action/mystery flick with star power that just happened to suffer from some bad timing in its release date, not to mention an abysmal script. The year of 1993 was stocked with blockbuster films and soundtracks, and it was easy for a film with as flimsy a plot as Ruby Cairo to simply wash away into obscurity. When Andie MacDowell's husband (Viggo Mortensen) dies, she learns, with the help of the mysterious Liam Neeson, that he maintained immense fortunes across the world. Her investigation allows for some spectacular visuals in the production, but sour and predictable plot twists caused the film to sit on shelves for most of 1993 without a distributor. When Miramax picked it up at the end of the year, there was some warranted head scratching. One of the film's more redeeming elements, however, was its score by veteran John Barry. The composer was enjoying a period in his career when he was accumulating Academy Award nominations and wins for scores of immense and melodramatic romance, creating often simplistic but very appealing scores that flew off the record shelves. It was also a time when the composer's Moviola compilation albums were becoming hot due to Barry's tendency to score the biggest of Hollywood's epic dramas. Quietly, Ruby Cairo came in between these epics and his final year of heavy drama (in which he wrote the impressive scores for Cry, The Beloved Country and The Scarlet Letter), and while it is very much reminiscent of this period of his work, it has more ethnic flavor than his usual entries. The film's worldly locales, including the opportunity to score for scenes in Latin America, allowed Barry to deviate from the typical, neatly packaged melodrama that audiences had become accustomed to hearing from him.



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366 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.13 Stars
***** 73 5 Stars
**** 79 4 Stars
*** 97 3 Stars
** 60 2 Stars
* 57 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1993 Japanese Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 49:04
• 1. The Secrets of My Heart - performed by Kristina Nichols (4:19)
• 2. Opening Theme (3:03)
• 3. Banco de Cortez (2:10)
• 4. Cairo, Kentucky (2:24)
• 5. Veracruz Encounter (2:03)
• 6. Pyramid of Cheops (3:08)
• 7. Fergus Lamb (2:17)
• 8. Berlin Fashion (1:20)
• 9. Come, We Must Hurry (3:33)
• 10. Raking It In (2:20)
• 11. Discovery (1:59)
• 12. The Last Time (3:17)
• 13. What Do You Want From Me? (2:02)
• 14. Carnival Chase (3:18)
• 15. Closing Theme (4:56)
• 16. Ruby Cairo Theme - Flamenco (3:53)
• 17. You Belong to Me - performed by Patsy Cline (3:02)
2001 Prometheus Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 46:33

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The 1993 Japanese album's insert includes no extra information about the score or film. The 2001 Prometheus album's insert contains lengthy notes about the movie, score, and composer.
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