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S.W.A.T.
(2003)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Robert Elhai
Winfred Kraus
Deniz Hughes

Conducted by:
Steven Mercurio

Co-Produced by:
Teese Gohl
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(August 12th, 2003)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you're tired of hearing bland, electronic action scores that all sound alike, for Elliot Goldenthal used S.W.A.T. to put rock composers to shame in their own domain.

Avoid it... if you are the least bit disturbed by Goldenthal's bizarre avant garde and instrumentally brutal tendencies.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #356
WRITTEN 9/3/03, REVISED 3/6/09
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S.W.A.T.: (Elliot Goldenthal) The 2003 remake of a 1970's television series, S.W.A.T. provided a modern, fictional glance at the training of young cops who aspire to belong to the highly respected Special Weapons and Tactics unit. Coming on the heals of television and feature films portraying Los Angeles cops in a more positive light, the film is an explosive action drama that has a logical stretch for plot. Aside from the problems inherent in any film that attempts to force the concepts of redemption and betrayal into yet another police thriller, Clark Johnson's all-too-predictable film also had a few incredibly unbelievable scenes that ruined the narrative with their massive fallacies (the worst of which supposing that a jet airplane, even a small one, could land, turn around, and take off on a four-lane freeway bridge lined with overhead light fixtures). Colin Ferrell's absolutely wooden performance in the protagonist role didn't help matters, either. Regardless of the film's often suspect quality, however, the assignment of Elliot Goldenthal to the score came as a welcome surprise to film music collectors. If anything, S.W.A.T. confirmed that Goldenthal would not be the kind of guy that you'd want living next door to you in a high-end apartment building, especially if his home studio is right on the other side of a six-inch-thick wall. His score also confirmed that Goldenthal was capable of producing noise of such an aggressive nature as to kill an elderly person if unleashed upon that senior citizen during moments of fragile physical of mental condition. Is this a bad thing? Not necessarily. Dating back to his popular score for Heat, Goldenthal's credentials in the genre were well grounded, although his monumental success for his artsy work for Frida the previous year, including an Academy Award win, had led some fans to believe that he would follow a path of arthouse projects closer to the domain of Thomas Newman or other heavy drama composers. In many ways, S.W.A.T. was a complete 180 degree turn from that expectation, for Goldenthal responded to the highly sensitive music of Frida with a downright monster for S.W.A.T.. The thriller's otherwise average production values would not lend themselves to the sophistication of the composer's talents, and even some of his fans would argue that Goldenthal, who has the capability of bringing brilliance to any mediocre film, was above this project.

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Average: 2.31 Stars
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*** and DEFINATELY no more
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Alternate review of SWAT at Movie Music UK
Jonathan Broxton - September 7, 2004, at 6:25 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 47:03
• 1. Bullet Frenzy (10:17)
• 2. Don't Shoot Me Baby (3:25)
• 3. My Big Black Assault Weapon (1:38)
• 4. AK-47 Scherzo (3:42)
• 5. Three Chords in Two Minutes (1:53)
• 6. Run for Your Life (3:05)
• 7. The Fascist Shuffle (1:29)
• 8. S.W.A.T. 911 - performed by Danny Saber (3:10)
• 9. Crash Landing (4:48)
• 10. That Cop Stole My Car (2:04)
• 11. S.W.A.T. Sticker (0:53)
• 12. Bullet Frenzy II (1:38)
• 13. Time is Running Out - performed by Apollo Four Forty (4:59)
• 14. Samuel Jackson - performed by Hot Action Cop (4:03)

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The insert includes a list of performers, but no extra information about the score or film.
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