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True Lies
(1994)
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Composed and Produced by:
Brad Fiedel

Conducted by:
Shirley Walker
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Lightstorm Music
(July 19th, 1994)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you recognize that Brad Fiedel's limited style is an acquired taste or if you specifically noticed the score positively in the context of the film.

Avoid it... if you seek either a competent action score or the more recognizable source music from the film, including the stylish tango and the Jamie Lee Curtis hotel dance song.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #410
WRITTEN 4/24/03, REVISED 3/26/09
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True Lies: (Brad Fiedel) One of the most popular pure action films of the 1990's, True Lies has it all: Arnold Schwarzennegger, large explosions, silly humor, Charlton Heston (exchanging his rifle for an eye patch), suggestive dancing, half-naked women, and, of course, crazed Arabs. That last part makes True Lies particularly politically incorrect in a post-9/11 world, with cable channels not as eager to show a film that includes portrayals of Islamic terrorists as raging lunatics who fire guns into the air indiscriminately, proclaim the "Death to America" line of thinking, and successfully detonate a nuclear bomb on American territory. In 1994, though, it was all good entertainment. The film's balance between style and senseless action, from the elegance of stylish tango dancing to the brute force of unparalleled public restroom destruction, required a similar range of styles from its music. Director James Cameron turned to his previous collaborator, Brad Fiedel, to provide a score for True Lies that would coexist with several prominent song placements. Fiedel's music for the Terminator films was serviceable, but not embraced widely by film music fans, the majority of whom were unaccustomed to the synthesized style of the composer's creations in the pre-Media Ventures days. Fiedel had, for his previous projects, engaged the films with an array of synthesizers, but for the larger scale of the True Lies production, he also employed a moderately sized orchestra with the help of veteran composer Shirley Walker. Cameron's loyalty to Fiedel would be questioned (especially after his wildly successful reunion with James Horner for Titanic a few years later) when Fiedel's score failed to garner the same praise that True Lies received as a film. In context, most mainstream viewers considered the musical highlights to be the insertion of the "I Never Thought I'd See the Day" song by Sade for Jamie Lee Curtis' striking dancing sequence in the hotel and the use of the "Por Una Cabeza" by Carlos Gardel for the espionage-related tango scenes.



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392 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.22 Stars
***** 43 5 Stars
**** 38 4 Stars
*** 52 3 Stars
** 92 2 Stars
* 167 1 Stars
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crazed arabs
jeremy - July 26, 2007, at 7:55 a.m.
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anyone kno this song?
Tiago - February 5, 2006, at 3:59 p.m.
1 comment  (2051 views)
Terminator 2
Nick - June 29, 2005, at 6:05 p.m.
1 comment  (1787 views)
What's that song?   Expand >>
exd - February 15, 2005, at 10:25 p.m.
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need to find a song   Expand >>
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 70:42
• 1. Sunshine of your Love - performed by Living Colour (5:17)
• 2. Darkness Darkness - performed by Screaming Trees (4:08)
• 3. Alone in the Dark - performed by John Hiatt (4:46)
• 4. Entity - performed by Mother Tongue (4:21)
• 5. Sunshine of Your Love (Remix) - performed by Living Colour (5:49)
• 6. Main Title/Harry Makes His Entrance (2:40)
• 7. Escape from the Chateau (2:41)
• 8. Harry's Sweet Home (1:06)
• 9. Harry Rides Again (7:05)
• 10. Spying on Helen (4:16)
• 11. Juno's Place (1:29)
• 12. Caught in the Act (1:29)
• 13. Shadow Lover (1:20)
• 14. Island Suite (6:55)
• 15. Causeway/Helicopter Rescue (7:57)
• 16. Nuclear Kiss (0:51)
• 17. Harry Saves the Day (8:26)

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