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Spy Game
(2001)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Performed by:
The London Session Orchestra and Metro Voices
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Decca Records
(November 13th, 2001)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you seek an intelligent merging of standard, noisy and synthetic Media Ventures action rhythms of the era with harmonious orchestral melodies and an outstanding array of ethnic soloists (both vocal and instrumental).

Avoid it... if the extremely obnoxious tone of the abrasive synthetic loops for the chasing and suspense scenes is simply too irritating to hear the beauty that lies beyond.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #210
WRITTEN 11/20/01, REVISED 1/27/09
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Spy Game: (Harry Gregson-Williams) Depth of intelligence is not the intended strength of Tony Scott's thriller Spy Game, a story about the relationship between two CIA operatives through a series of flashbacks from 1975 to 1991. Rather, frantic cuts and perpetual motion are designed into the production so hyperactively that Scott obviously hoped that audiences wouldn't notice the massive holes in the plot. As cheap entertainment, and for the opportunity to view Robert Redford and Brad Pitt interact (even in their somewhat limiting characters), Spy Game is a solid film. The fact that it battled at the box office with behemoths involving hobbits and muggles in late 2001 didn't stop mostly male audiences from enjoying the style of mindless eye candy that beckoned memories of Crimson Tide and Enemy of the State. As expected, the espionage thriller once again united the director with a Media Ventures genre of artist. Composer Harry Gregson-Williams had, since The Rock in 1996, begun to build an impressive resume for himself, branching off into both a collaborative and solo career that would eventually reach heights only seen by John Powell in the same group. Often teaming up with another Media Ventures pupil of Hans Zimmer, Gregson-Williams' music ranged wildly at the time, from the harshest of synthetic action scores (such as The Replacement Killers) to the family oriented spunk often associated with Antz and Shrek. The requirements of Spy Game would allow Gregson-Williams to explore additional elements that lie between those previously established genres, especially in the dramatic weight of the music that would be required for the project. Because the film melds heavy drama in exotic locations with heart-pounding chasing sequences, the score would have to reflect the best (or potentially worst) of both worlds. Also an element in the equation is an extremely diverse array of ethnic voices and instruments which, along with the reliance upon orchestral majesty in parts, would help inform scores like Kingdom of Heaven for Gregson-Williams in the future. In many ways, Spy Game served as the bridge to the more diverse and symphonically rich works that would define his career in the 2000's.



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Average: 3.63 Stars
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Clemmensen must be irradicated
Exterminator - November 21, 2006, at 1:06 p.m.
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Contacting Harry Gregson-Williams
Arnold Menchaca, Jr. - January 10, 2006, at 8:24 a.m.
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Lyrics in song with boy soprano
Ingrid - July 22, 2005, at 6:30 a.m.
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Dinner Out
p - March 20, 2005, at 1:01 a.m.
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song in alternate ending
peter bottino - December 5, 2004, at 10:51 a.m.
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incredible mistakes in the movie and soundtrack   Expand >>
Stewart Xu - November 23, 2004, at 2:27 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 71:34
• 1. Su-Chou Prison (5:00)
• 2. Muir Races to Work (3:32)
• 3. '...He's Been Arrested for Espionage.' (1:23)
• 4. Red Shirt (5:07)
• 5. Training Montage (2:34)
• 6. Berlin (2:18)
• 7. 'It's Not a Game' (2:34)
• 8. 'You're Going to Miss It' (9:15)
• 9. Beirut, A War Zone (3:20)
• 10. 'My Name is Tom' (2:41)
• 11. All Hell Breaks Loose (6:19)
• 12. Explosion & Aftermath (2:50)
• 13. Parting Company (2:08)
• 14. Harker Tracks Muir (3:28)
• 15. The Long Night (1:46)
• 16. Muir's in the Hot Seat (5:08)
• 17. Back at Su-Chou Prison (2:18)
• 18. Operation Dinner Out (4:50)
• 19. Spies (Ryebot Remix) (2:16)
• 20. Dinner Out (Rothrock Remix) (2:38)

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