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Tower Heist
(2011)
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Composed and Produced by:

Additional Music by:
Jake Monaco

Conducted by:
Ben Wallfisch

Orchestrated by:
Tim Davies
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(November 1st, 2011)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if Christophe Beck's snazzy main theme caught your attention in the film and you would be content with five or six engaging performances of that slightly retro, funky identity on album.

Avoid it... if you place high hopes in the mass of the underscore surrounding the main theme, most of which sounds familiar to Beck's previous applications of contemporary suspense and enthusiastic comedy in an orchestral setting.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,841
WRITTEN 1/12/12
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Tower Heist: (Christophe Beck) During its several years in the making, Tower Heist evolved from being an all-black comedy led by Eddie Murphy and Chris tucker to an anti-Wall Street heist parody starring a variety of veteran comedy actors. Murphy eventually returned to the production (though continued to be a pain in its rear through the end of shooting) and joined Ben Stiller and Matthew Broderick in depicting the efforts of everyday folks turned criminals in an effort to reclaim money from Alan Alda's New York businessman's Ponzi scheme. Carrying over from the early days of the script in the mid-2000's was involvement by Donald Trump, who allowed the use of his properties to double as the locations (and partial inspiration) for the 2011 film. Ridiculous and implausible twists of plot and character motivations abound in Tower Heist, though critics praised several of the acting performances, including the welcome return of Murphy to 1980's form. While originality in the story was not a paramount concern (countless re-writes plagued the movie for years but did not make anything about it transcendent), the choice of Universal to release the movie for $60 as a pay-per-view cable option in select American markets just three weeks after it debuted in theatres caused a large alliance of theatre chains to threaten to boycott showing the picture, at which point Universal relented and Tower Heist became fairly successful in its box office run. Among the concerns of director Brett Ratner was avoiding too many similarities to the franchise of Ocean's Eleven in the script (which itself prompted some specific revisions), and that point was also raised when approaching the music for Tower Heist. While Ratner had typically worked with major names in the film music industry throughout his career, he was pointed to emerging comedy composer Christophe Beck as a good possible match for this assignment. Beck, although occasionally testing his chops in the drama and fantasy genres, was best known in the 2000's for supplementing song-placement soundtracks in major comedy movies with functionally hip and sometimes fully orchestral underscores, lending his services notably to the franchises for The Hangover and The Pink Panther. His work concurrent to Tower Heist included writing the score for the reemergence of The Muppets, and the more you listen to this music, the more you realize that Beck can write it on auto-pilot.



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Average: 2.72 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 40:26
• 1. Theme From Tower Heist (3:30)
• 2. Code Black (2:52)
• 3. Shawfrontation (2:07)
• 4. The Germ (1:55)
• 5. Lester's Loss (0:58)
• 6. My Little Bitch (1:28)
• 7. Macy's Day (2:45)
• 8. The Marshall Swindle (1:09)
• 9. Right at Rikers (0:44)
• 10. Fifty Dollar Thrift Lift (1:55)
• 11. The Charlie Deception (0:55)
• 12. We Go on Snoopy (3:00)
• 13. Courthouse Con (1:50)
• 14. Grand Theft Auto (3:22)
• 15. Gonna Call Ralph (1:06)
• 16. Strong Box Situation (0:58)
• 17. Shaft Fail (0:48)
• 18. Odessa's Cake (1:39)
• 19. Arrested (0:53)
• 20. Shawstafari (2:42)
• 21. Gold Rush (2:09)
• 22. End Titles (1:29)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a list of performers and a note from the director about working with Beck.
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