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Sleeping with the Enemy
(1991)
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1991 Sony/Columbia
2011 La-La Land
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Alexander Courage
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Sony Music Entertainment/Columbia
(February 12th, 1991)

La-La Land Records
(September 13th, 2011)
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The 1991 Sony/Columbia album was a regular U.S. release. The 2011 La-La Land album is limited to 3,500 copies and was made available through soundtrack specialty outlets at an initial price of $20.
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Buy it... if you have a soft spot for Jerry Goldsmith's airy, delicate themes of innocence performed by solo woodwinds over lofty strings and tingling electronics, regardless of the genre in which they flourish.

Avoid it... if you prefer your thriller scores to actually thrill you, for the synthetic suspense material in this one is completely generic and unmemorable compared to the delightful beauty of the many lightly melodic portions.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #439
WRITTEN 6/1/98, REVISED 9/26/11
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Sleeping with the Enemy: (Jerry Goldsmith) Movies about sexual obsession and formulaic stalkers have rarely started as well as Sleeping with the Enemy does in its opening scenes. In her first major role after Pretty Woman, a timid Julia Roberts is emotionally and physically brutalized by her financier husband. He flaunts her beauty at parties while abusing her as a servant at home, and the early beachfront scenes in the film are filled with the promise of a dramatic and thoughtful plot. But after the wife flees several states away, tries to change her identity, and is confronted by the terror of her husband coming after her, the film unfortunately morphs into one of those cheap thrillers that hopes you actually believe the villain is dead when he's got one last stab to go. Despite directing a few cult favorites in previous years, Joseph Ruben missed the mark with Sleeping with the Enemy, providing a stereotypical plot reminiscent of Fatal Attraction and filled to the brim with outrageous fallacies of logic. After being shunned by critics, the movie still made impressive returns due to its star power. One element of the film that was arguably somewhat awkward in the finished product was Jerry Goldsmith's mostly upbeat score. The legendary composer had transformed his horror scores from the grand scope of the Poltergeist and The Omen franchises into electronically assisted, less obvious variations for the smaller, more seedy horror projects he would accept in the early 1990's. Surprisingly, despite the film fitting this mould quite well, Sleeping with the Enemy has little to do with the prevailing attitudes of scores like Malice and Basic Instinct that were composed at roughly the same time. The narrative of the 1991 movie required its fair share of suspenseful moments and thud-inducing horror twists, but it is, at its core, a melodic work that seems to indicate that Goldsmith was feeding off of the beauty and hopefulness of Roberts' character rather than the literally dark shades of Patrick Bergin's anger as his character conducts his creepy pursuit.

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Average: 3.58 Stars
***** 304 5 Stars
**** 302 4 Stars
*** 249 3 Stars
** 137 2 Stars
* 73 1 Stars
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An excellent score!
Mathias Sender - June 23, 2006, at 5:37 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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1991 Sony/Columbia Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 41:30
• 1. Morning on the Beach (2:33)
• 2. The Funeral (3:24)
• 3. Brown Eyed Girl* (3:06)
• 4. Thanks Mom (4:26)
• 5. Spring Cleaning (2:30)
• 6. The Ring (2:09)
• 7. A Brave Girl (3:50)
• 8. Fears (2:56)
• 9. What Did He Do (2:28)
• 10. The Storm (3:13)
• 11. The Carnival (2:54)
• 12. Remember This (7:57)
* original recording performed by Van Morrison
2011 La-La Land Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 55:33

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The insert of the 1991 Sony/Columbia album includes no extra information about the score or film. The 2011 La-La Land album's insert includes an extensive analysis of both the score and film.
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