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Alan Silvestri
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Filmtracks Statistics:
Average Filmtracks Rating: 3.36
Average Viewer Rating: 3.27
Number of Reviews: 33
Number of Votes: 32,450
Number of Comments: 544
Reviews in Filmtracks'
Top 100 Traffic Ranks:
#89. Van Helsing
Reviews in Filmtracks'
Top 100 Voting Ranks:
#93.  Back to the Future
Filmtracks Editor's Recommendations:
Back to the Future
Predator
The Abyss
Forrest Gump
Judge Dredd
Related Page of Interest:
The Back to the Future Trilogy
(1999, re-recorded compilation)
Decorative Nonsense
Primary Composer Picture
Robert Zemeckis and Alan Silvestri, 2000

"I enjoy wine but I don't get crazy about it. That's what I feel about film music. I enjoy it but I have other things in my life that I'm enjoying also. Wine is a symbol or an expression of the enjoyment of life and I think music is a very similar expression."
- Alan Silvestri in 2002

Alan Silvestri was born to second-generation immigrants on March 26, 1950, in New York City. First experimenting with music at a very young age in Teaneck, New Jersey, Silvestri began to consider a career in music instead of major league baseball at the age of 15. He attended Boston's Berklee College of Music, but had been there only two years when he moved to Las Vegas and began touring with R&B legend Wayne Cochran and the C.C. Riders band. Silvestri attempted to secure work as an arranger in Las Vegas, never once considering going to Los Angeles. Enticed by an offer to do the arrangements on a friend's album, he did finally move there. While staying at the Travel Lodge motel on Sunset Boulevard, Silvestri met Bradford Craig. As a lyricist for some projects with Quincy Jones, Craig had been nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award. He gave Silvestri some arranging assignments, which turned into the break he had been waiting for. A small production company had mistakenly asked Craig (only a lyricist) to score a film for them, and Craig literally put the phone on hold and asked Silvestri if he wanted to score it instead. Accepting the job at the age of 20, Silvestri's first score would be 1972's The Doberman Gang.

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FILMOGRAPHY & REVIEWS AT FILMTRACKS
(see legend below for abbreviations and codes)
 TitleFR VRVTCT RD TRDates Notes
2015:
The Walk**
2014:
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb****3.241501||1,38702/15
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (TV)
2013:
Red 2*
The Croods****3.101592||1,29905/13
2012:
Flight**
The Avengers***3.215277|||79505/12all albums
2011:
Captain America: The First Avenger****3.4060213|||78207/11
2010:
The A-Team***2.883041||1,34506/10
2009:
A Christmas Carol***3.173521||1,05611/09 - 04/16multiple albums
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra***2.5949414||1,01308/09
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian***2.943154||1,34406/09
2008:
(none)
2007:
Beowulf***3.295787||82512/07
2006:
Night at the Museum***3.436606|47912/06
The Wild****3.253003||84404/06
2005:
The Polar Express (co-wrote) (AW)***3.111960|||1,27009/09multiple albums
2004:
Van Helsing****3.823,885163||8904/04 - 04/09
2003:
Two Soldiers
Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life****3.281,25143|||31709/03 - 01/09
Identity*2.65740||1,82502/12
2002:
Maid in Manhattan
Stuart Little 2
Lilo & Stitch***
Showtime
2001:
Serendipity****
The Mummy Returns****3.986,066171|||12205/01 - 01/09
The Mexican (co-wrote)***3.421,2045||43002/01 - 01/09
2000:
What Women Want****
What Lies Beneath**2.684,07612|53508/00 - 04/07
Reindeer Games**
1999:
Stuart Little
Siegfried & Roy: The Magic Box (IMAX)
1998:
Practical Magic
Holy Man
The Parent Trap
The Odd Couple II
1997:
Mouse Hunt****3.281091||1,72501/12
Contact***3.331,1095|39408/97 - 12/06
Volcano***3.071,0542||20105/97 - 07/16all albums
Fools Rush In
1996:
The Long Kiss Goodnight
Eraser***3.011451|||1,67507/10all albums
Sgt. Bilko
1995:
Grumpier Old Men
Father of the Bride Part II
Judge Dredd****3.903842|||1,39711/09 - 04/16multiple albums
The Perez Family
The Quick and the Dead***
1994:
Richie Rich
Blown Away
Forrest Gump (AW)****3.992,9304||12812/00 - 09/08
Clean Slate
1993:
Grumpy Old Men***
Judgment Night
Super Mario Bros.
Cop and a Half
In Search of the Obelisk (IMAX)
1992:
Sidekicks
The Bodyguard
Death Becomes Her
Gahan Wilson's Diner
FernGully: The Last Rainforest***3.002403||63106/03 - 04/09
Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot
1991:
Father of the Bride
Ricochet
Dutch
Soapdish
Shattered
1990:
Predator 2***3.221472|||1,55301/12 - 12/14multiple albums
Young Guns II
Back to the Future Part III****3.231312|||1,50501/10 - 04/16multiple albums
Downtown
1989:
Back to the Future Part II***2.921313|||1,52501/10 - 04/16multiple albums
The Abyss****3.852,11012|||17908/97 - 02/14all albums
She's Out of Control
1988:
My Stepmother is an Alien
Mac and Me
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (AW)****3.785064||48507/03 - 03/09all albums
1987:
Overboard
Predator****3.701,19734|||17309/03 - 03/12all albums
Outrageous Fortune
Critical Condition
1986:
No Mercy
Flight of the Navigator
American Anthem
The Delta Force
The Clan of the Cave Bear
1985:
Summer Rental
Back to the Future (AW)*****4.027128||||87601/10 - 04/16multiple albums
Cat's Eye
Fandango
1984:
How Did You Get In? We Didn't See You Leave
Romancing the Stone**2.273528||56506/03 - 03/09limited
1979-1983:
(none)
1978:
The Fifth Floor
1977:
(none)
1976:
The Amazing Dobermans
1975:
Las Vegas Lady
1973-1994:
(none)
1972:
The Doberman Gang
(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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