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Patriot Games
(1992)
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1992 BMG/Milan
2013 La-La Land
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
John Neufeld
Conrad Pope
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
BMG/Milan
(June 9th, 1992)

La-La Land Records
(July 2nd, 2013)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1994 BMG/Milan album and its later re-pressings were regular U.S. releases, with identical contents but slightly different packaging. The expanded 2013 La-La Land Records product is limited to 3,000 copies and available primarily through soundtrack specialty outlets for an initial price of $25.
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Buy it... only if you are an established enthusiast of James Horner's highly introverted, largely synthetic scores for light rhythms and specialty instruments.

Avoid it... if the lack of a dominant theme or other true identity for this film franchise is only the beginning of your problems with Horner's seemingly misdirected, underplayed approach to it.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #471
WRITTEN 6/24/97, REVISED 7/21/13
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Patriot Games: (James Horner) After the smashing success of 1990's The Hunt for Red October, Paramount gave the green light to a franchise of films based upon the popular Tom Clancy novels featuring American intelligence officer Jack Ryan. Extreme discontent resulted behind the scenes when Patriot Games went into production for its 1992 debut, a lengthy and failed negotiation process between the filmmakers and lead actor Alec Baldwin causing the former to turn to Harrison Ford, who had originally been offered the role in The Hunt for Red October but thought it juvenile and too deferent to Sean Connery (Ford later admitted that he had made a huge mistake walking away from the picture). Meanwhile, Clancy and director Phillip Noyce both had significant reservations about the film, the author at one point refusing to have his name attached to it and the director hesitant about the prospects for success both before and after the process. The script was lambasted by many in the press for espousing a right-wing political agenda, and although this stigma did harm its box office returns, Paramount decided to proceed with Clear and Present Danger anyway. Ironically, The Hunt for Red October director John McTiernan left the franchise because he insisted that Clear and Present Danger would make the better film and should have been made second in the order, and he turned out to be right. When McTiernan and most of the crew from the prior film went out the door, so did composer Basil Poledouris. While Patriot Games and its successors don't technically qualify as sequels, each has been compared to The Hunt for Red October because of that film's strong, well-rounded cast and remarkable technical achievements, especially in the areas of sound and sound effects. Film score enthusiasts also have held Poledouris' work for The Hunt for Red October in extremely high regard from its debut, making James Horner's task of scoring the following two sequels a bit more challenging by the simple fact that fans would inevitably compare the scores for Clancy/Ryan movies to each other.



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Average: 2.8 Stars
***** 129 5 Stars
**** 123 4 Stars
*** 164 3 Stars
** 169 2 Stars
* 181 1 Stars
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Alternative review at movie-wave.net
Southall - July 29, 2013, at 11:10 a.m.
1 comment  (698 views)
No match on HFRO...
jb17kx - July 22, 2006, at 9:51 p.m.
1 comment  (1988 views)
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1994 Milan Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 45:09
• 1. Main Title (2:58)
• 2. Attempt on the Royals (3:45)
• 3. Harry's Game - performed by Clannad (2:31)
• 4. The Hit (8:08)
• 5. Putting the Pieces Together (2:14)
• 6. Highland's Execution (2:26)
• 7. Assault on Ryan's House (11:00)
• 8. Electronic Battlefield (3:21)
• 9. Boat Chase (4:30)
• 10. Closing Credits (4:11)
2013 La-La Land Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 89:45

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The insert of the 1994 Milan album includes no extra information about the score or film. That of the 2013 La-La Land set contains extensive notation about both.
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