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Basil Poledouris
(1945-
 2006)
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Filmtracks Statistics:
Average Filmtracks Rating: 3.5
Average Viewer Rating: 3.25
Number of Reviews: 33
Number of Votes: 34,088
Number of Comments: 371
Reviews in Filmtracks'
Top 100 Traffic Ranks:
#16. The Hunt for Red October
Reviews in Filmtracks'
Top 100 Voting Ranks:
#29.  Les Misérables
#31.  Conan the Barbarian
#91.  The Hunt for Red October
Filmtracks Editor's Recommendations:
Conan the Barbarian
Farewell to the King
The Hunt for Red October
Les Misérables
Related Page of Interest:
The Film Score Monthly Poledouris Video
(1998 video biography)
Decorative Nonsense
Primary Composer Picture
Basil Poledouris mixes Starship Troopers in 1997

"I write with a pencil, paper, and my Steinway piano from my childhood. It's the only way I feel connected to the music. I have attempted to write on the computer and it's a complete bust. I keep thinking it would be quicker, easier, more fun, but alas. I need to touch the material I'm working with."
- Basil Poledouris in 1998

Born on August 21, 1945, in Kansas City, Missouri, Basil Poledouris learned the basic skills in many aspects of filmmaking at the University of Southern California. He became knowledgeable in directing, cinematography, sound, and editing. He also studied music under David Raksin. After meeting acclaimed directors John Milius and Randal Kleiser at USC (who he would later work with), he became hooked on film scoring and began his professional composing career in 1978. Highlights of his career outside of feature films include an Emmy for his work on the television mini-series "Lonesome Dove" and the honor of composing and conducting "The Tradition of the Games," a massive orchestral and choral piece, for the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games in Atlanta, 1996.

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FILMOGRAPHY & REVIEWS AT FILMTRACKS
(see legend below for abbreviations and codes)
 TitleFR VRVTCT RD TRDates Notes
2005-2006:
(none)
2004:
The Legend of Butch & Sundance (TV)****3.01691||1,71509/09limited
2003:
(none)
2002:
The Touch
2001:
Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles**2.263711||37805/01 - 02/09
Love and Treason (TV)**2.191561|1,33505/01 - 02/09
2000:
Cecil B. DeMented (co-wrote)
If These Walls Could Talk 2 (TV)
1999:
For Love of the Game****3.578561||47711/99 - 05/08
Kimberly***2.991830||1,21003/01 - 11/07
Mickey Blue Eyes (co-wrote)**2.422190|99808/99 - 04/07
1998:
Les Misérables*****4.215,73910|||14904/98 - 06/07all albums
1997:
Starship Troopers****3.232,72555|||21311/97 - 07/16multiple albums
Switchback***3.285370||1,08410/00 - 12/14multiple albums
Breakdown (co-wrote)***3.05740|||1,70607/11all albums
1996:
Amanda***2.921722|1,25011/00 - 11/07limited
The War at Home
Celtic Pride
It's My Party
1995:
Under Siege 2: Dark Territory***
Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home**
Zoya (TV) (co-wrote)
1994:
The Jungle Book***3.341785|81406/03 - 04/09
Lassie***
Serial Mom
On Deadly Ground***2.72960|1,01803/97 - 02/06
1993:
Free Willy****3.581,0032||34808/99 - 01/08
Robocop 3
Hot Shots! Part Deux
1992:
Wind****3.321642|||62203/97 - 11/11all albums
Ned Blessing: The True Story of My Life (TV)
1991:
Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man
Return to the Blue Lagoon
White Fang (co-wrote)****2.96980|||1,62404/12limited
Flight of the Intruder**2.841363||1,09607/03 - 02/13multiple albums
1990:
Quigley Down Under****3.911,0933||66404/03 - 04/09all albums
The Hunt for Red October****4.0114,009202|||1603/97 - 01/14all albums
1989:
Wired
Farewell to the King*****3.552585||50008/97 - 07/09all albums
Lonesome Dove (TV) (AW)****3.848471||28611/98 - 04/07all albums
1988:
Split Decisions
Spellbinder
Intrigue (TV)
1987:
Cherry 2000****3.824005||||48507/97 - 06/11all albums
No Man's Land*
RoboCop***3.4548513|||65301/04 - 05/10all albums
Island Sons (TV)
Prison for Children (TV)
Amerika (TV)****3.543711|||1,11509/04 - 10/11all albums
1986:
Iron Eagle
1985:
Misfits of Science (TV)
Flesh + Blood****3.705128|||54503/97 - 05/14all albums
1984:
Protocol
Single Bars, Single Women (TV)
Red Dawn
American Journeys
Conan the Destroyer***2.685049|||34906/03 - 12/11all albums
Making the Grade
Amazons (TV)
The House of God
1983:
Flyers***2.86760||1,22903/01 - 11/08limited
Behold Hawaii
1982:
Summer Lovers
Conan the Barbarian*****4.211,88440|||15706/03 - 12/12all albums
1981:
Fire on the Mountain (TV)**2.86760||1,22903/01 - 11/08limited
A Whale for the Killing (TV)***
1980:
The Blue Lagoon
1979:
Dolphin
1978:
Big Wednesday****3.442830|||1,12107/04 - 10/11limited
1977:
Tintorera
1976:
The Magic Rolling Board
1975:
Three for the Road
1974:
(none)
1973:
Extreme Close-Up (Sex Through a Window)
Hollywood 90028
1972:
By Map and Compass
1971:
Congratulations, It's a Boy! (TV)
1970:
The Interview
(reviews listed with a "co-wrote" indicate that either the composer wrote the score with another person or that more than one composer worked separately to provide a score for the production)
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Ratings: FR - Filmtracks Rating ("Varied" indicates a split rating with no overall designation)
VR - Viewer Rating (overall average)
VT - Vote Total (for viewer ratings)
Comments: Comment Total (the number of messages posted in the review's comment area)
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||| - Long Review (between 1,200 and 2,200 words)
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