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Unlawful Entry
(1992)
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1992 Intrada
2017 La-La Land
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Composed, Conducted, Performed, and Produced by:

Additional Performances by:
Mike Fisher
Ralph Grierson
Judd Miller
Ian Underwood
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Intrada Records
(November 24th, 1992)

La-La Land Records
(July 11th, 2017)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1992 Intrada album was a regular U.S. release. After the label dumped it for $0.99 apiece in the late 1990's, the album went out of print as of 2000. The 2017 La-La Land album is limited to 2,000 copies and available initially for $20 through soundtrack specialty outlets.
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Buy it... only if you are the most ambitious collector of James Horner's work and wish to hear a starkly palatable main theme featuring progressions of tragedy that foreshadowed John Ottman's later suspense methods.

Avoid it... if Horner's sparse, mostly synthetic suspense music of the 1980's and associated generic, low-key thriller techniques don't hold your interest, for both aspects of that style are at work in this bland, hapless effort.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #908
WRITTEN 6/27/98, REVISED 2/25/19
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Unlawful Entry: (James Horner) An interesting premise occupies Unlawful Entry, one that elevates the 1992 film beyond its expected restraints in the cheap thriller category and thrusts it into debates about social drama. A man and his wife, a typical suburban couple consisting of Kurt Russell and Madeleine Stowe, are set up in a false burglary attempt on their home and are tricked into relying upon the assistance of a police officer to protect them. The cop is a psycho with a nice good-guy look about him, however, and Ray Liotta does his best to outperform his previous efforts in exactly the same kind of role. As the corrupt officer works his way into this couple's lives and eventually lands the husband in jail, viewers are meant to fear for the innocently vulnerable wife, who not only fails to see this train of passion steaming towards her, but even gets herself into the "woman in creepy dark house by herself" kind of scenarios by the end of film. Until that all-too-familiar end, the film is somewhat intelligent, but the stereotypical climax is a disappointment for fans of director Jonathan Kaplan, whose crowning achievement, The Accused, and his other films tended to excel at perpetuating scenes of fear and confusion. For a project that would seem a perfect fit for the likes of composer Christopher Young, especially after Hider in the House not long before, mainstream star James Horner instead took the assignment. The year of 1992 was one that kept Horner away from the large orchestral ensembles with which he had made his fame, with several projects consisting totally of (or being dominated by) electronics. Very much like Thunderheart, Unlawful Entry was built upon Horner's keyboarding and four assistant musicians performing solo instruments. Despite the ensemble of five performers, however, the array of electronics is clearly at the heart of Unlawful Entry, a grating edge that defies the sanctity of the home. The reason for this sound may have been budgetary constraints, for there are parts of the score that would clearly sound superior (as was the case with The Name of the Rose) had an orchestra been employed for the performance. Then again, there remains the likelihood that the alienating style of the largely synthetic work was itself the desired outcome. Either way, the result is a score that is generally considered by Horner collectors to be, in a competition with Bopha! and Jade, among his worst efforts of the 1990's, more miserable than most of the composer's other synthetically oriented works.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1992 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 35:18
• 1. Main Title (3:14)
• 2. Intruder (2:08)
• 3. Being Watched (5:42)
• 4. Leon's Death (3:01)
• 5. Drug Bust (3:06)
• 6. Bail Denied (2:26)
• 7. Pete's Passion (11:15)
• 8. End Credit (4:22)
2017 La-La Records Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 49:33

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The insert of the 1992 Intrada album includes no extra information about the score or film. That of the 2017 La-La Land album contains notes about both.
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