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 Posted:   Jun 17, 2020 - 11:27 AM   
 By:   Totoro   (Member)



I bought this score on LP back in the days knowing nothing about the movie. And I love it.

One of Morricone's most evocative score, in my opinion.

Never saw the movie and it is impossible to find it on line.

Anyone saw it? How is the music in the context of the movie?

Just saw an interview with William Friedkin where he says Morricone did not compose the music as he wanted! I believe Morricone was right in the end...

https://youtu.be/GMA9QwtceiA

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 17, 2020 - 11:42 AM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)

Thanks for the link. That brief interview was interesting. Somehow, despite being a big Friedkin and Morricone fan, I've never seen this film. Not sure how it passed me by.

 
 Posted:   Jun 17, 2020 - 11:48 AM   
 By:   Totoro   (Member)

Thanks for the link. That brief interview was interesting. Somehow, despite being a big Friedkin and Morricone fan, I've never seen this film. Not sure how it passed me by.

It is a very obscure movie.

Never saw it anywhere. Just read about it and listened to the score...

 
 Posted:   Jun 17, 2020 - 11:54 AM   
 By:   Totoro   (Member)

Found this review from Roger Ebert:

https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/rampage-1992

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 17, 2020 - 12:21 PM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)

Ah, now I MUST see it. Damn. That Alex McArthur fella was everywhere in the late 80s early 90s it seemed. It must never have been shown on TV when i was growing up.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 17, 2020 - 12:49 PM   
 By:   Tobias   (Member)

I have not seen the movie but I do have the soundtrack (signed by one of the actors from the film). Anyway I do love the track District Attorney. This track is actually one of my all time favorite tracks by Morricone.

 
 Posted:   Jun 17, 2020 - 1:15 PM   
 By:   Totoro   (Member)

I have not seen the movie but I do have the soundtrack (signed by one of the actors from the film). Anyway I do love the track District Attorney. This track is actually one of my all time favorite tracks by Morricone.

My favorite tracks are: "Run, Run, Run", "Magma", "Rampage #2" and "Carillon".

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 17, 2020 - 2:14 PM   
 By:   Mark   (Member)

Love the score.

Saw the film about 12 years ago. Think it must have been on a cable channel. Liked the film too. Dark and atmospheric. I can't remember much about how the music fitted the film, only that my love of the score took the film to another level. I remember reading somewhere that the film was shelved then re-edited and released. Would be fantastic to get a release and get both versions of the movie.

 
 Posted:   Jun 17, 2020 - 2:28 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

There are actually two versions of this film - the original 1987 cut and Friedkin's recut for the 1992 release. I haven't seen either; are there any differences re the score in the two versions?

EDIT: I see that other Mark has noted the two versions just abovemy post. But my question still stands.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 17, 2020 - 4:16 PM   
 By:   Graham   (Member)

Love it.

Graham

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 17, 2020 - 6:21 PM   
 By:   Pangolino   (Member)

I haven't listened to it in 15 years or so, but I can remember it extremely well. I will go back in the next couple of days and play it again - thanks for reminding me about it.

 
 Posted:   Jun 17, 2020 - 10:07 PM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

I’ve had this on cassette and CD for ages. Really great score and I love that cover art. The last track “Recollections” might be my favorite.
I have seen the original version of the film. It’s a Jagged Edge/ Suspect kinda courtroom thriller with a great lead performance from Michael Biehn. Visually pretty uninteresting. The score is one of the best things about it.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 17, 2020 - 11:52 PM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Saw the film many years ago on video. As I recall, a bloody film in which the identity of the perpetrator was never in question, just whether he could be held to account or not. The score matched the film with a lot of intense, stressed-out sax.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 18, 2020 - 7:49 AM   
 By:   Leo Nicols   (Member)

Must revisit that one....it's covered in "fluff" on top of the wardrobe.

 
 Posted:   Jun 18, 2020 - 8:07 AM   
 By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)

Saw the film when it came out on video and snatched up the cassette and CD versions as soon as I found 'em.

Always loved this score. Don't really recall the film at all, even with the descriptions of others.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 18, 2020 - 9:57 AM   
 By:   Gary Radovich   (Member)

I’ve never seen Rampage either...would love a Blu Ray with both cuts

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 18, 2020 - 12:58 PM   
 By:   Roy Donga   (Member)

It was one of my first ever Morricone CDs after I suddenly fell in love with his music in The Mission. The prospect of him working with the director of The Exorcist was almost too good to be true. The score remains understated and mesmerising and an all time favourite for me.
I know someone who disliked the score initially and grew to appreciate decades later!

 
 Posted:   Jun 25, 2020 - 2:49 PM   
 By:   Totoro   (Member)

Finally saw the original cut of the movie in a lousy VHS copy.

The movie is very dry, sometimes looks like a documentary.

Its premise is interesting, at a time when serial killer's movies were not common, but it lacks dramatic punch.

The questions about the death penalty are important, but the movie never goes deep enough on it.

Morricone's score is quite good and it seems that the composer figured out what the movie was all about better than the filmmakers, but is over used in the first part, sometimes sounded like two different tracks were overlaped.

The cues "Run, Run, Run" and "Magma" were not used in the film.

 
 Posted:   Jun 26, 2020 - 12:48 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

"...Morricone's score is quite good and it seems that the composer figured out what the movie was all about better than the filmmakers..."

I think this happens a lot. Ennio is so good at what he does, his approach to the films - somewhere deep inside he has perfected the "Ok then, so whats this film really all about?" - and he can nail it in a word or a phrase in his mind and come up with the equivalent music. And what he chooses isnt always the obvious but no less crucial.

 
 Posted:   Jun 27, 2020 - 9:54 AM   
 By:   Totoro   (Member)

"...Morricone's score is quite good and it seems that the composer figured out what the movie was all about better than the filmmakers..."

I think this happens a lot. Ennio is so good at what he does, his approach to the films - somewhere deep inside he has perfected the "Ok then, so whats this film really all about?" - and he can nail it in a word or a phrase in his mind and come up with the equivalent music. And what he chooses isnt always the obvious but no less crucial.


Indeed.
The same happened in my opinion with FAREWELL TO THE KING, where Basil's music is everything the movie should have been...

 
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