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 Posted:   Apr 26, 2010 - 1:59 PM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

I bought this movie on DVD about 10 years ago, and revisited it this weekend. It's a highly entertaining genre flick, similar to Black Sunday in that it's set during a football game, though in this case it's about a sniper preparing to pick off some unsuspecting stadium dwellers. It has all the makings of a '70s disaster/suspense picture, like an all-star veteran cast headed by Chuck Heston and John Cassavetes, it has a slow but well-paced build-up of tension leading to a splashy (and bloody) finale, and it's got a great score! I see this film as sort of an unpraised gem amongst '70s films of this nature.

The Charles Fox score is good, and if I didn't know better, I'd swear that Michael Small composed the main title. It's very Smallian in its mournful tone, texture, and orchestration (a lonely trumpet and piano). It's a solid theme as is all the other music, though there are long passages music-free, most notably during the big violent finale. If you like '70s movies like this and want to hear Charles Fox do a serious score, check out the DVD. I doubt we'll ever see a score release.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2010 - 9:24 AM   
 By:   Miguel Rojo   (Member)

Im surprised no love for two minute warning, Allardyce? It was watchable enough. I always thought that it suffered a little perhaps because it was getting towards the end of the big disaster films trend (after Towering, Poseidon, Earthquake, etc) and people were tiring a little of the standard format maybe? And then Jaws arrived and new benchmarks were set anyway. Good score though, the theme was decent.

 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2010 - 9:34 AM   
 By:   mildcigar   (Member)

Any movie with Charlton Heston in is a "must-buy" DVD or/and soundtrack.

 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2010 - 9:54 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

Im surprised no love for two minute warning, Allardyce?

I know. I don't think this movie has gotten a lot of exposure over the years like the other pictures in this genre, and Charles Fox isn't exactly a composer that everyone is familiar with. But I did my civic duty to bring it to the film/film score geek community's attention. smile

 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2010 - 10:23 AM   
 By:   chriss   (Member)

A release of the score by Fox would be an instant buy for me.

 
 Posted:   May 1, 2010 - 2:04 AM   
 By:   chriss   (Member)

I just watched the movie again. The Main and End Titles are really beautiful 70s scoring and the suspense underscoring has some strong cues. But the score is so short it would need a good companion piece on CD. Is there something suitable in the Universal catalogue?

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 20, 2013 - 3:57 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

I just watched the movie again. The Main and End Titles are really beautiful 70s scoring, and the suspense underscoring has some strong cues.


I'd happily buy a release of this score. Here's the main title:



 
 Posted:   Oct 21, 2013 - 4:38 PM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

I'd happily buy a release of this score.

Me too. Would make a nice Intrada release.

 
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