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Filmtracks Statistics:
Average Filmtracks Rating: 3.3
Average Viewer Rating: 3.32
Number of Reviews: 113
Number of Votes: 145,022
Number of Comments: 954
Reviews in Filmtracks'
Top 100 Traffic Ranks:
#36. Mulan
#43. Star Trek: First Contact
#62. Air Force One
#87. The 13th Warrior
#96. First Knight
Reviews in Filmtracks'
Top 100 Voting Ranks:
#11.  Hoosiers
#12.  The Russia House
#45.  Under Fire
#49.  Star Trek: The Motion Picture
#67.  The Omen
#82.  The Wind and the Lion
#86.  The 'Burbs
#99.  The Shadow
Filmtracks Editor's Recommendations:
The Wind and the Lion
The Omen
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Under Fire
The 'Burbs
The Russia House
The Shadow
Related Pages of Interest:
Jerry Goldsmith Suites and Themes
(1988 compilation of re-recordings)
The Jerry Goldsmith SPFM Tribute
(1993 compilation of rare scores)
(1997, The Royal Scottish National Orchestra)
The Omen: The Essential Jerry Goldsmith Collection
(1998, The City of Prague Philharmonic)
The Film Music of Jerry Goldsmith
(2001, The London Symphony Orchestra)
(2003, rejected score)
Jerry Goldsmith at 20th Century Fox
(2004, limited 6-CD set)
Alien Nation
(1988, rejected score)
Additional Quotes:
"I just adore English Orchestras. This is the third film I've been with an English Orchestra. I've done a record album over here, and The Blue Max with a 100 man symphony orchestra, and I did Sebastian, which was a jazz-type pop thing. Now on this I'm using 85 men in the orchestra for The Sand Pebbles... it's a dream, like driving a Rolls-Royce, to conduct an orchestra like that." - 1969, on recording in England

"The discipline and the friendly attitude, I find them friendlier than American musicians. The orchestras in America, they look at you... and you feel defeated straight away. I'll do maybe three concerts with them... they really are conductor killers. Sometimes they are very intimidating, and I think, why am I doing this, I don't need this animosity but that's the way the orchestras are back home. I've been here so many times that I know many of the musicians personally." - 1989, once again on England musicians

"I didn't really concentrate that much on the games, I was really trying to sum up the whole emotional feeling, whether they were winning or losing. You know this little team comes from nowhere, and they get better and better and better. It was just a matter of keeping an emotional spirit through the whole montage of games." - 1986, on Hoosiers

"I like the variety. But basically my choice of films is a small intimate film. Quiet film, no action, just people in relationships. That's what I like the most" - 1998, on his choice of films to score

"Total Recall was some of the best music I've written for a film. I was really impressed with myself, even though I rarely listen to what I've finished. I'd written enough notes in that score for a Bruckner symphony! After that, I wanted a change from all of the action films I'd been doing. I realized that I wanted to do 'people' pictures again, and held out until I got The Russia House, Sleeping with the Enemy, and Love Field, movies where I could get lyrical again. The Russia House is now my favorite score, while my work for Medicine Man has some very lyrical moments." - 1992, commenting on his favorite works

"My wife has them all in a vault... a copy of every album." - 1981, on collecting his own albums

"I'm glad that [collectors] like that exist because they buy records. But I sometimes wonder if an avid collector like Ford Thaxton has a life." - 1995, on others collecting his albums

"I've been using the Mac [computer] solely for years, and got very comfortable with it." - 1990, on his choice of equipment

"I think [James Horner] is a bit eclectic. But then again, at times we've all helped ourselves to the work of others." - 1998, on Horner's Academy Award win for Titanic

"I was very excited about being involved with anything with Spielberg. With Spielberg, probably more than any other director, there´s a tremendous amount of discussion. He's very articulate about music, and one can discuss for hours about approaches. Anything I did was not on my own volition, it was a joint effort in that we both agreed what we were trying to do with the music for the picture." - 1982, on Poltergeist

Decorative Nonsense
Primary Composer Picture
Jerry Goldsmith conducts at a London concert in 2000

"If our music survives, which I have no doubt it will, then it will because it is good."

Born February 10th, 1929, Jerry Goldsmith studied piano with Jacob Gimpel and composition, theory and counterpoint with Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. He also attended classes in film composition given by Miklos Rozsa at the Univeristy of Southern California. In 1950, he was employed as a clerk typist in the music department at CBS. There, he was given his first embryonic assignments as a composer for radio shows such as "Romance" and "CBS Radio Workshop." He wrote one score every week for these shows and they were performed live on transmission. He stayed with CBS until 1960, having already scored "The Twilight Zone." He was hired by Revue Studios to score their "Thriller" series. At the same time, he met and became acquinted with the influential film composer Alfred Newman, who, recognizing Goldsmith's talents, hired him to score the film Lonely Are The Brave in 1963, his first major feature film score.

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 TitleFR VRVTCT RD TRDates Notes
Looney Tunes: Back in Action (co-wrote)****3.371,21632||27011/03 - 03/09
Star Trek: Nemesis**3.014,287140||||12212/02 - 02/14all albums
The Sum of All Fears****3.522,44597|||27706/02 - 08/14
The Last Castle***3.301,67016|||65810/01 - 04/21multiple albums
Along Came a Spider**2.633,18120||68504/01 - 01/09
Hollow Man**2.544,17167||15908/00 - 06/08
The 13th Warrior (co-wrote)****3.974,16714||||8708/99 - 04/08all albums
The Haunting****3.401,4401|||59708/99 - 12/17all albums
The Mummy***3.4813,18124|||10905/99 - 01/19multiple albums
Star Trek: Insurrection****3.694,17429||||16412/98 - 08/13all albums
Small Soldiers****3.362,8372||14107/98 - 10/18multiple albums
Mulan (co-wrote) (AW)****3.9710,43224|||3606/98 - 07/07all albums
U.S. Marshals***2.636101|||46803/98 - 08/20all albums
Deep Rising**2.798033||54002/98 - 08/14all albums
The Edge****3.421,8632|||27510/97 - 06/10all albums
L.A. Confidential (AW)***3.072,2240|27912/97 - 06/07
Air Force One (co-wrote)****3.644,11721||||6207/97 - 02/21all albums
Fierce Creatures***2.772641|97212/96 - 08/08
Star Trek: First Contact (co-wrote)***3.629,25024||||4312/96 - 05/12multiple albums
The Ghost and the Darkness*****3.963,4193|||13910/96 - 04/16all albums
Chain Reaction***3.042502||79010/96 - 11/15all albums
Executive Decision**2.992711||75010/96 - 03/16multiple albums
City Hall***3.012150||1,06106/98 - 11/11
First Knight****3.673,25732|||9609/96 - 04/11all albums
Powder***3.377608||52006/98 - 06/16all albums
Congo***3.7156013||60410/96 - 02/13multiple albums
The Shadow*****3.992,87311||||27209/96 - 08/12all albums
I.Q.***2.931650||1,68907/09 - 02/10all albums
Bad Girls***3.394181|||40406/98 - 07/11all albums
The River Wild (co-wrote)***3.122788|||51105/98 - 12/15all albums
Angie**2.832021||1,04106/98 - 11/11
The Vanishing****3.422900|||61306/98 - 09/08all albums
Six Degrees of Separation*2.212710|57507/98 - 09/08
Matinee***3.202763||99506/98 - 11/11
Rudy****3.903,8212||18604/97 - 01/08
Dennis the Menace***3.243431||60806/98 - 08/14multiple albums
Malice**2.872271||1,05403/97 - 10/11
Medicine Man****3.751,5012|||49212/96 - 09/08
Mom and Dad Save the World**2.862391||97806/98 - 10/11
Mr. Baseball**2.702450||1,09106/98 - 10/11
Love Field***3.261961||1,05106/98 - 11/11
Basic Instinct (AW)****3.943,56825|||10612/96 - 04/16all albums
Forever Young***3.233103|||58506/98 - 09/11all albums
Not Without My Daughter**2.712941||70706/98 - 07/09
Sleeping with the Enemy****3.601,0831||44806/98 - 09/11all albums
Total Recall****3.883,19129|||15612/96 - 03/16all albums
The Russia House*****4.295,36513||||19912/96 - 01/18all albums
Gremlins 2: The New Batch****3.644244|||32103/97 - 10/15all albums
Warlock**2.641991||86901/98 - 04/16multiple albums
Criminal Law*2.431960|1,13107/98 - 10/11
Leviathan****3.343439||74006/98 - 11/11
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier****3.753,1858|||14608/97 - 05/12all albums
Rambo III****3.651,2782|||40006/98 - 04/18all albums
The 'Burbs*****4.029865|||22708/97 - 07/09multiple albums
Rent-A-Cop***3.042331||1,08706/98 - 03/10multiple albums
Innerspace***3.374198|||77307/03 - 02/10all albums
Lionheart*****3.935275|||1,21907/09all albums
Extreme Prejudice***3.315431|||1,11702/05 - 10/11all albums
Link*2.562674||1,43007/09 - 06/16all albums
Hoosiers (AW)*****4.292,23317||||28506/03 - 12/12all albums
Poltergeist II: The Other Side***3.1940811|||32010/03 - 07/17all albums
Rambo: First Blood Part II****3.771,2196|||33505/99 - 01/17all albums
Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend***3.162143||1,55707/09 - 06/18all albums
Explorers****3.432361|||1,49907/09 - 09/11all albums
Legend****3.2795813|||32603/97 - 03/09all albums
King Solomon's Mines**3.232395||1,39008/09 - 02/15all albums
Gremlins****3.631,34513|||31611/99 - 11/11all albums
Supergirl***3.362191||1,35607/09multiple albums
The Lonely Guy**
Runaway*2.361820||1,53207/09 - 02/14all albums
Under Fire (AW)*****4.141,0387|||43008/97 - 09/08all albums
Psycho II**3.041996||1,22207/09 - 05/14multiple albums
Twilight Zone: The Movie****3.955880|||1,34907/09multiple albums
Dusty (co-wrote)
First Blood****3.836073|||1,24307/09 - 12/10all albums
The Challenge***2.922881||92004/00 - 07/13multiple albums
The Secret of N.I.M.H.****3.466084|||56006/03 - 04/16all albums
Poltergeist (AW)****3.932,7374|||18203/97 - 12/10all albums
Masada (TV) (co-wrote) (AW)****3.632812|||1,47507/09 - 06/11all albums
Raggedy Man**2.751303||1,13708/97 - 10/11limited
Inchon***2.992014||1,56707/09 - 04/21all albums
The Final Conflict****3.832741|||1,41507/09all albums
Outland**2.853034|||1,37407/09 - 06/10all albums
The Salamander
Night Crossing****3.612300||1,45407/09 - 08/14multiple albums
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (AW)*****4.123,7708||||10501/99 - 06/18all albums
Alien (AW)***3.9666411|||65407/09all albums
The Great Train Robbery***3.161680||1,59207/09 - 04/21all albums
Magic***2.687015||81806/03 - 07/15multiple albums
The Boys from Brazil (AW)****3.432121||1,37707/09multiple albums
The Swarm****3.229196|||99102/03 - 04/21multiple albums
Damien: Omen II****3.421782|||1,53907/09all albums
Capricorn One****3.502240|||1,12107/09 - 04/16all albums
Coma**2.91974||1,62707/09all albums
Contract on Cherry Street (TV)***3.061490|1,24810/99 - 06/08limited
Damnation Alley**
Islands in the Stream***3.162011||1,51808/09 - 03/10all albums
Twilight's Last Gleaming**2.751464||1,04508/97 - 11/11multiple albums
The Hemingway Play (TV)
The Cassandra Crossing***
High Velocity***
The Omen (AW)*****4.086727||||90507/09 - 03/17all albums
Logan's Run***
Breakheart Pass***3.151150||1,59107/09 - 06/16multiple albums
Babe (TV) (AW)***
Take a Hard Ride****3.398121||91503/00 - 06/16all albums
Medical Story (TV)**
A Girl Named Sooner (TV)***3.132690||93403/00 - 04/07limited
The Wind and the Lion (AW)*****4.035160|||1,14607/09multiple albums
The Reincarnation of Peter Proud
Ransom (The Terrorists)****
Breakout***3.143180|1,07104/99 - 09/07limited
Chinatown (AW)***
QB VII (TV) (AW)****
Winter Kill (TV)**
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (TV)***
Indict and Convict (TV)
Papillon (AW)****
One Little Indian****
The Going Up of David Lev (TV)
Ace Eli and Rodger of the Skies***
The Police Story (TV)**
The Red Pony (TV) (AW)
Hawkins on Murder (TV)***
Pursuit (TV)
The Man
The Other***
Crawlspace (TV)
Lights Out (TV)
The Homecoming: A Christmas Story (TV)***3.05884||1,75204/11limited
Crosscurrent (TV)**
Do Not Fold, Spindle, or Mutilate (TV)
The Last Run****
Wild Rovers****
Escape from the Planet of the Apes*
The Mephisto Waltz**
A Step Out of Line (TV)
Rio Lobo**
The Traveling Executioner***
Tora! Tora! Tora!****
The Brotherhood of the Bell (TV)
The Ballad of Cable Hogue***
Patton (AW)*****3.961,0472|||35503/99 - 11/10all albums
The Chairman***
100 Rifles***3.115770|91903/99 - 09/20multiple albums
The Illustrated Man**
The Detective***
Planet of the Apes (AW)**
Nick Quarry (TV)
Hour of the Gun***
The Flim-Flam Man****3.132690||93403/00 - 04/07limited
In Like Flint***
Warning Shot
The Sand Pebbles (AW)****
The Blue Max****
Stagecoach**3.105891|||84606/98 - 09/16multiple albums
The Trouble with Angels**
Our Man Flint***
A Patch of Blue (AW)****3.483892||62106/97 - 12/06all albums
The Agony and the Ecstasy (co-wrote)****
Von Ryan's Express**
In Harm's Way***
The Satan Bug**
Rio Conchos****3.418372|||66201/00 - 09/20all albums
Fate is the Hunter***
Shock Treatment**
Seven Days in May
To Trap a Spy
The Prize***
Take Her, She's Mine
Lilies of the Field****
A Gathering of Eagles
The Stripper**
The List of Adrian Messenger***
Freud (AW)
The Spiral Road**
Lonely are the Brave***
The Expendables (TV)
The General with the Cockeyed Id
The Crimebusters
Studs Lonigan**
The Gambler, the Nun and the Radio (TV)
Face of a Fugitive
City of Fear
Black Patch
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