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Breakdown - Basil Poledouris

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Breakdown - Basil Poledouris   Sunday, November 7, 2021 (6:20 a.m.) 

So I'm scrambling to watch as many 90's flicks as possible to finish this stupid-ass book that's eaten up 5 years of my life, and one on the weekend was a Kurt Russell thriller called Breakdown. First off -- what a treat. If you like your action thrillers to have a good mix of intelligence, tension, and bad-ass goofiness, then Breakdown's the one for you.

Anyways, Basil Poledouris did the score, and it too was a really good combination of suspense and balls-to-the-walls action (plus, the really tense stuff he scored didn't have to resort to screeching, atonal dissonant noise; what a grand idea!!!).

But I read on IMDb that this was the SECOND score he wrote for the film -- unlike most times when a composer's work is rejected, he wasn't replaced by someone else and just plain wrote all new music. Does anyone know the story on this? I'd usually just turn to my invaluable book Torn Music, but alas, I haven't been able to find it since the move.


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Re: Breakdown - Basil Poledouris   Sunday, November 7, 2021 (6:52 a.m.) 

> But I read on IMDb that this was the SECOND score he wrote for the film --
> unlike most times when a composer's work is rejected, he wasn't replaced
> by someone else and just plain wrote all new music. Does anyone know the
> story on this? I'd usually just turn to my invaluable book Torn Music, but
> alas, I haven't been able to find it since the move.

There's this super useful film music website, I don't know if you've heard of it, but they have an interesting review that compares and contrasts the different versions of the score: https://www.filmtracks.com/titles/breakdown.html

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Re: Breakdown - Basil Poledouris   Sunday, November 7, 2021 (11:15 a.m.) 

> There's this super useful film music website, I don't know if you've heard
> of it, but they have an interesting review that compares and contrasts the
> different versions of the score:
> https://www.filmtracks.com/titles/breakdown.html

> wink

Riley, you gotta stop setting everyone up cause this is like the third SICK BURN in a week


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Re: Breakdown - Basil Poledouris   Sunday, November 7, 2021 (3:40 p.m.) 

> Riley, you gotta stop setting everyone up cause this is like the third
> SICK BURN in a week

Well they’ve all made me laugh so it’s worth it at least 😆


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Re: Breakdown - Basil Poledouris   Sunday, November 7, 2021 (3:42 p.m.) 

> There's this super useful film music website, I don't know if you've heard
> of it, but they have an interesting review that compares and contrasts the
> different versions of the score:
> https://www.filmtracks.com/titles/breakdown.html

> wink

Snarky little fucker hahaha

Let’s put it this way - I also could’ve googled it or Wikipedia-Ed it very quickly and easily - I chose instead to ask the Board specifically to start a conversation about the score, movie, and the story behind it.

But also, touché. 😛


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Re: Breakdown - Basil Poledouris   Sunday, November 7, 2021 (4:36 p.m.) 

Looks like Edmund already dealt with the easy answer.

Poledouris' rejected original effort is VASTLY superior to what ended up in the film. I don't listen to anything but the second disc from LLL's release anymore.

Exhibit A - Route-7 North https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66gnQ0ji-3U


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