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dhmac
07-06-12, 07:50 PM
Listening to this, the main theme from Capricorn One

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I can't help but think that it's a real shame that such great theme music (by the late great Jerry Goldsmith) was wasted on a not-so-great movie. (Capricorn One has its fans, I know, but, IMO, it's not so great).

So now I'm wondering what other great music is wasted on not-so-great movies.

islandclaws
07-06-12, 08:04 PM
While I won't say the film is not so great, but I'm sure many will, I think John Barry's score for King Kong (1976) is incredible.

Mountain Biker
07-06-12, 08:13 PM
Elmer Bernstein's epic score was wasted in the awful movie Slipstream (1989)

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Dr. DVD
07-06-12, 08:31 PM
Vangelis' scores for both 1492 and Alexander. And let's face it , if it weren't for Queen, Flash Gordon would NOT have the cult status it enjoys today.

bluetoast
07-06-12, 08:35 PM
The Phantom Menace's score was very good.

hasslein
07-06-12, 08:50 PM
Exodus

inri222
07-06-12, 09:04 PM
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dugan
07-06-12, 09:55 PM
Tales from Earthsea:
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PatD
07-06-12, 10:23 PM
Magnolia. The film is pretentious garbage but the score by John Brion and the Aimee Mann's tracks are fantastic.

Kal-El
07-07-12, 03:34 AM
Not sure how most people feel about Legends of the Fall but I absolutely love Horner's score for it.

Mondo Kane
07-07-12, 05:36 AM
Since OP's asking for themes...

Experiment in Terror-Felt that the movie could've been a lot shorter, but no complaints about Mancini's badass music:
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Dunwich Horror-Movie's so-so, but kudos to Baxter for creating the greatest mix of martial arts/giallo/crime-music I've ever heard!
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A Bullet in the Head-Thought that the overblown action sequences hurt the movie, but I've never been able to forget the theme:
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Inferno-Ok, finally a real Not-So-Great Movie:
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Charlie Goose
07-07-12, 06:59 AM
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I think this may have the very first PG rated movie I ever saw in the theater, and it's theme has haunted me since.

Trout
07-07-12, 07:44 AM
Solaris. Crappy remake, awesome soundtrack.
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TGM
07-07-12, 07:53 AM
not a movie, but a boxing reality show, with an amazing theme.

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Ky-Fi
07-07-12, 09:25 AM
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Ash Ketchum
07-07-12, 10:04 AM
jFKSnJDoAnA

I think this may have the very first PG rated movie I ever saw in the theater, and it's theme has haunted me since.

90% of Morricone's themes would qualify for this thread. But I'll pick one:

A FINE PAIR (1969)

Neeb
07-08-12, 04:32 AM
The "Messiah" theme from the 1984 DUNE is pretty great. Too bad the movie is... Incomplete.

Spiderbite
07-08-12, 10:20 AM
While I won't say the film is not so great, but I'm sure many will, I think John Barry's score for King Kong (1976) is incredible.

John Barry did a ton of great scores for very bad/mediocre films.

Robert
07-08-12, 10:27 AM
<b>The Mummy Returns</b> Terrible script but Alan Silvestri knocks it out of the park with his best work ever.

<b>Cutthroat Island</b> - Absolutely putrid movie in every way except for John Debney's masterful action-packed score.

<b>Pirates of the Caribbean At World End.</b> Bloated and overlong but it has Hans Zimmer's best work to date.

mrhan
07-08-12, 01:16 PM
John Barry did a ton of great scores for very bad/mediocre films.

Hated this movie but really liked the theme.

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Not Barry but a theme I liked to another shitty movie.

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Numanoid
07-08-12, 01:40 PM
The "Messiah" theme from the 1984 DUNE is pretty great. Too bad the movie is... Incomplete.You mean the Prophecy Theme?

JumpCutz
07-08-12, 01:49 PM
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:thumbsup: One of my all-time favorite soundtracks.

Mike86
07-08-12, 02:26 PM
I always liked the main Batman theme from Batman Forever even though the movie itself isn't that great. I think the same theme was used in Batman & Robin if I remember correctly. It wasn't as good as the Elfman theme but I thought it was okay.

jeffkjoe
07-09-12, 10:26 AM
SUPERGIRL - Jerry Goldsmith

Groucho
07-09-12, 10:39 AM
Plunkett & Macleane - Craig Armstrong

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iggystar
07-09-12, 10:42 AM
Well, it's not Hans Zimmer's best work, but it really hit home with the New Age-y synth pop of the 90's, the theme from Green Card. Oh, do I love that one.

Shannon Nutt
07-09-12, 01:23 PM
Well, "not-so-great" is relative here, as it's one of my all-time favorite movies - but the critics bashed it at the time (Ebert gave it two stars), so I present to you John Barry's FANTASTIC score for SOMEWHERE IN TIME:

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chris_santucci
07-09-12, 01:50 PM
John Barry did a ton of great scores for very bad/mediocre films.

Amen. Kudos to "The Black Hole". Cool, majestic theme for an utterly bad film.

www.film-matters.net

Alan Smithee
07-09-12, 03:45 PM
I bought "V. I. Warshawski" for $5 on Blu-Ray just for Randy Edelman's opening and closing theme. Only memorable thing about that movie.

dhmac
12-08-12, 10:38 AM
John Barry did a ton of great scores for very bad/mediocre films.
Amen. Kudos to "The Black Hole". Cool, majestic theme for an utterly bad film.
Yeah, John Barry's theme for The Black Hole is a great theme.

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Just seeing the opening credits of "The Black Hole" (http://youtu.be/IJaypC51Dds) with the vector graphics set to that theme music makes it seem like a good movie is starting (...but, unfortunately, the opening credits are the highlight of the entire film).

(Note: revived this thread because I heard the theme again for the first time in a while)

wm lopez
12-08-12, 04:11 PM
Here's a cool one if anybody can load up the music to ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES

Michael Corvin
12-08-12, 08:59 PM
The Phantom Menace's score was very good.

Greatest thing to come out of the prequels is, hands down, Duel of the Fates.

DieselsDen
12-10-12, 03:24 PM
Another vote for Jerry Goldsmith's SUPERGIRL. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsVD7LVYWP0

Numanoid
12-10-12, 08:03 PM
Goldsmith had a lot of great music in otherwise poor movies. One of my favorite scores of all time is from The Final Conflict (aka Omen III). That score is pure awesomeness from start to finish.


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Dr. DVD
12-10-12, 08:16 PM
Barry did several great themes for not so great movies. The scores for the 1976 King Kong and the horrific early 80s Lone Ranger are both prime examples. In fact, the way the score for the latter's opening would convince someone what they are about to see isn't going to suck.

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Dr. DVD
12-12-12, 08:05 PM
While this movie is far from mediocre IMO, I think it's a shame I can't find this awesome song anywhere nowadays.

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