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Toy Soldiers
(1992)
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Composed, Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:
Robert Folk
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Intrada Records
(November 24th, 1992)
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Regular U.S. release, but completely out of print. Valued in 2006 at $80 on the secondary market.
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Buy it... if you want a surprisingly entertaining and upbeat action score seemingly inspired by the genre's thematic tradition of Jerry Goldsmith.

Avoid it... if the cost of acquiring this rare, out of print album is not worth a pleasant, but hardly earth-shattering surprise.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,125
WRITTEN 4/19/97, REVISED 3/12/06
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Toy Soldiers: (Robert Folk) Among the tragedies in modern film scoring has been the career of composer Robert Folk, whose work has qualified him for assignments far better than those he has received. Composing and conducting dozens of film scores since the early 1980's, Folk's career began to be noticed by film score collectors in the early 1990's, when several of his better known scores began appearing on the Intrada Records label. In the public eye, his longest-standing affiliation in film scoring has been with Police Academy and its numerous sequels and spin-offs. His output continues past 2000 with more B-rate comedy and action films, including Kung Pow: Enter the Fist and its sequel, with some his other works confined by the small screens of television or video projects. A promotional compilation of his usually overachieving orchestral scores has been a hot item for ten years. Meanwhile, Folk also continues his writing for concert works, conducting several of the most famous ensembles in the world. In his sparse, somewhat frustrating film score assignments, there is little argument that 1991's Toy Soldiers is among his best. The same, unfortunately, can't be said of the film itself. Badly beaten by critics at the time of its release, Toy Soldiers is the tale of a Virginia prep school taken over by Colombian terrorists. The rest is predictable. The terrorists want their leader released from American custody, so they plant explosives around the school and threaten to blow up the sons of famous and wealthy citizens. But, as to be expected, those sons are deviant brats, and they are eventually more effective at foiling the terrorists than the hoards of American military outside the school. Debuting director Daniel Petrie Jr. gives us nothing that we don't expect to see, and in the end, only Robert Folk's militaristic score stands out as a refreshing element. Even with that said, though, some critics commented that Folk's large-scale orchestral score did more to expose the film's ridiculous nature than provide a convincing musical backdrop for the suspense.



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Average: 3.24 Stars
***** 34 5 Stars
**** 33 4 Stars
*** 25 3 Stars
** 16 2 Stars
* 26 1 Stars
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Holy crap, it's awesome!
Richard Kleiner - September 30, 2010, at 7:40 p.m.
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The most underated composer out there.   Expand >>
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 66:09
• 1. Regis School (1:51)
• 2. Escape from Barranquilla (3:43)
• 3. Closing In (2:28)
• 4. All's Well (2:00)
• 5. Billy Escapes (1:46)
• 6. Joey's Death (3:43)
• 7. Regis Captured (3:51)
• 8. Reflections (2:19)
• 9. Demands (3:14)
• 10. Removing the Chips (3:59)
• 11. The Cellar (1:34)
• 12. Jack Gets It (1:38)
• 13. Uneasy Quiet (2:11)
• 14. Back to Regis (2:29)
• 15. Border Killing (4:03)
• 16. Narrow Escape (2:58)
• 17. Snap Out of It (4:06)
• 18. Mouthwash Incident (1:51)
• 19. Interrogation (1:45)
• 20. Regis Surrounded (1:32)
• 21. The Plan (2:11)
• 22. The Wrath of Joey's Father (1:14)
• 23. The End of Cali (4:08)
• 24. Toy Soldiers (4:57)

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The insert includes notes by the composer and producer about both the score and film.
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