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Tears of the Sun
(2003)
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Co-Composed, Co-Arranged, Co-Programmed, and Produced by:

Co-Composed, Co-Arranged, and Co-Programmed by:
Steve Jablonsky
Jim Dooley

Co-Composed and Performed by:
Lisa Gerrard
Lebo M

Co-Composed by:
Heitor Periera
Andreas Vollenweider
Martin Tillmann

Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Bruce Fowler

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(March 18th, 2003)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you can forgive Hans Zimmer and his army of co-writers for conjuring a hopelessly disjointed score of forced authenticity that does manage to yield two memorable performances by Lebo M.

Avoid it... if you're tired of hearing Zimmer try so hard to produce stylish world music that he loses focus on the task of lending a truly effective sense of character and heart to his music.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #219
WRITTEN 3/26/03, REVISED 3/4/09
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Tears of the Sun: (Hans Zimmer/Various) A commentary about the harrowing political state of governmental corruption and failure in Africa, Antoine Fuqua's Tears of the Sun packages a Bruce Willis action story into a sometimes overbearing, but still compelling message about genocide. Leading a group of American troops in Nigeria to rescue a U.S. aide worker targeted for death, Willis' soldier instead finds himself leading a mission of Christians on a trek to the Cambodian border, where they'll hopefully find relief from a new Muslim government of Nigeria that has set its sights on the elimination of Christians in the country. Despite a plethora of often ridiculous dialogue and an occasionally overwrought political message, the technical production values of Tears of the Sun compensate to maintain an entertaining mass chase sequence late in the film. One of the aspects about the film that was most blasted by respected film critics, however, was its score by Hans Zimmer and a variety of Media Ventures contributors. The solo career of Zimmer had been slowly fading away in the early 2000's, with the highly popular composer rarely composing a single score by himself in the five years leading up to Tears of the Sun. Zimmer's involvement as the head of his Media Ventures organization, a music studio that gave young composers an opportunity to contribute to major scores before branching out on their own, had caused him to rely heavily upon these available talents to co-write nearly all of his scores of the decade. Most interested, seemingly, in war pictures (and especially those with an ethnic tilt), Zimmer produced a string of popular, though not always successful mainstream scores for the genre. While The Thin Red Line and Gladiator gained the composer Academy Award nominations and mass album sales, his three following war-related scores came under heavy negative criticism from not just soundtrack critics, but from major, international film critics as well. After a suspiciously out of place score for Pearl Harbor (which nevertheless translated into an excellent album) and a brutally overbearing mesh of sound effects and varied music for Black Hawk Down, film critics relentlessly tore into Zimmer and his team for their efforts in Tears of the Sun.



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Alternate tracks than shown in expanded soundtrack.
Yosef Lokar - March 30, 2012, at 7:37 p.m.
1 comment  (786 views)
Brass Section (Hollywood Studio Symphony)
N.R.Q. - June 7, 2007, at 7:25 a.m.
1 comment  (2121 views)
Deluxe edition.
Levente Benedek - July 12, 2004, at 3:13 a.m.
1 comment  (1831 views)
Awsome movie
Christopher Bensley - June 21, 2004, at 7:25 p.m.
1 comment  (1718 views)
Track missing? help pls   Expand >>
Martin - October 15, 2003, at 2:26 p.m.
2 comments  (2167 views)
Newest: January 29, 2014, at 6:44 a.m. by
Yosef Voycheck
There is more to that movie and soundtrack than you all know   Expand >>
Soby - September 30, 2003, at 7:22 p.m.
3 comments  (2900 views)
Newest: January 29, 2014, at 6:46 a.m. by
Yosef Voycheck
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 46:36
• 1. Yekeleni Part I (Heitor Periera/Lebo M)/Mia's Lullabye (Lisa Gerrard/Steve Jablonsky)(2:35)
• 2. Heart of Darkness (Hans Zimmer) (2:01)
• 3. Small Piece for Doumbek and Strings (Hans Zimmer)/Kopano Part I (Hans Zimmer/Lebo M) (8:55)
• 4. Under the Forest Calm (Andreas Vollenweider/Heitor Periera) (1:07)
• 5. Yekeleni Part II (Heitor Periera/Lebo M)/Carnage (Hans Zimmer) (7:55)
• 6. Kopano Part II (Hans Zimmer/Lebo M) (2:25)
• 7. Night (Hans Zimmer) (2:34)
• 8. Cry in Silence (Martin Tillmann/Jim Dooley) (2:04)
• 9. The Jablonsky Variations on a Theme by HZ (Hans Zimmer/Steve Jablonsky)/Cameroon Border Post (Hans Zimmer/Lebo M) (8:42)
• 10. The Journey/Kopano Part III (Hans Zimmer/Lebo M) (8:17)

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The insert includes lyrics by Lebo M, extensive credits, and a list of performers.
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