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Film Music

Music

Music used in both The Elephant Man and Platoon Click to show or hide the answer
Theme from The Deer Hunter (1978): originally written for piano by the British composer Stanley Myers, and used in the 1970 film The Walking Stick (starring David Hemmings and Samantha Eggar); rearranged for guitar at the suggestion of John Williams, who had a UK Top 20 hit with it in 1979. Also a Top 10 hit for the Shadows (as Theme from The Deer Hunter) and a Top 20 hit for Iris Williams (as He Was Beautiful, with words written by Cleo Laine, accompanied by John Williams) Click to show or hide the answer
Famous duet from Deliverance (1972), played by Billy Redden and Ronny Cox.  The subsequent hit version by Steve Mandell and Eric Weissberg won the 1974 Grammy for Best Country Instrumental Performance.  (Based on a tune composed in 1955 by Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith, using phrases from Yankee Doodle; Smith was not credited in the film and successfully sued for plagiarism) Click to show or hide the answer
Theme tune of The Sting (Scott Joplin piano rag) Click to show or hide the answer
Made into a No. 1 hit by Four Weddings and a Funeral Click to show or hide the answer
Simon & Garfunkel song, appears tree times in The Graduate (1968) – including over the opening and closing credits Click to show or hide the answer

The Third Man: theme tune played on a Click to show or hide the answer

Films

1992 film: original soundtrack (credited to Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston) sold more copies than any other Click to show or hide the answer
Colonel Bogey (adapted by Malcolm Arnold) was used as theme music to Click to show or hide the answer
Warsaw Concerto (Richard Addinsell): composed for Click to show or hide the answer
Cavatina (Stanley Myers) was the theme tune to Click to show or hide the answer
Lara's theme was the theme tune to Click to show or hide the answer
1967 Swedish film (telling the tragic, true story of a Danish circus performer) – most famous for its use of the Andante from Mozart's 21st piano concerto Click to show or hide the answer
Featured the main theme from Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells Click to show or hide the answer
Queen's ninth studio album was the soundtrack to (1980 science fiction film) Click to show or hide the answer
Unsuccessful Paul McCartney film that included the song No More Lonely Nights Click to show or hide the answer
A Kind of Magic was written by Roger Taylor (of Queen) for (1986 film) Click to show or hide the answer
My Heart Will Go On is the theme song from (1997 film) Click to show or hide the answer
Famously used extracts from Richard Strauss's Also Sprach Zarathustra and Johann Strauss's Blue Danube waltz – for sequences of primitive man learning how to use tools, and spacecraft moving in space, respectively Click to show or hide the answer

People

Genevieve (1953) – composer and performer (harmonica virtuoso) Click to show or hide the answer
Arranged Monty Norman's James Bond theme (first used in Dr. No, 1962); wrote the scores to 11 Bond movies, from From Russia with Love (1963) to The Living Daylights (1987);  also over 80 other films, including Born Free (1963), Zulu (1964), Midnight Cowboy (1969), Out of Africa (1985) and Dances with Wolves (1990); also wrote several TV themes, including Juke Box Jury and The Persuaders!; died 2011 aged 77 Click to show or hide the answer
On the waterfront: score (his only original film score) Click to show or hide the answer
Night Mail (1936 GPO documentary) Click to show or hide the answer
The Dam Busters: music (including the famous march) composed by Click to show or hide the answer
Stagecoach, Planet of the Apes, Sleeping with the Enemy Click to show or hide the answer
Battle of Britain, 633 Squadron, Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines Click to show or hide the answer
Shaft: music composed by Click to show or hide the answer
Psycho: score Click to show or hide the answer
Won Oscars for Best Original Dramatic Score and Best Original Song, in 1998, for Titanic (which became the best–selling film soundtrack of all time; the song was My Heart Will Go On – lyrics by Will Jennings); also composed the music for The Lady in Red (1979), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) and Avatar (2009); died in 2015, aged 61, when his private plane crashed in California (he was the only person on board) Click to show or hide the answer
The Italian Job: score (including the song On days like these) by Click to show or hide the answer
The Third Man: music composed (and played on zither) by Click to show or hide the answer
Gumshoe, The Odessa file: scores Click to show or hide the answer
Music featured in Death in Venice (1971, starring Dirk Bogarde) Click to show or hide the answer
Music for the Pink Panther movies (including the famous theme tune) Click to show or hide the answer
Title songs of Born Free and The Italian job (On days like these): sung by Click to show or hide the answer
Music for The good, the bad and the ugly and other spaghetti westerns Click to show or hide the answer
James Bond theme: composed by (see also John Barry) Click to show or hide the answer
The Piano (1993) Click to show or hide the answer
Music used in The Exorcist Click to show or hide the answer
Wrote and performed (and had a no. 1 hit with) the theme song to Ghostbusters Click to show or hide the answer
2nd piano concerto used in Brief Encounter (1945), 3rd in Shine (1996) Click to show or hide the answer
Organ symphony featured prominently in Babe (1995) Click to show or hide the answer
Music for the 1951 film The Unforgettable Year 1919 – "an important representation of Joseph Stalin's cult of personality" – including the piece known as The Assault on Beautiful Gorky Click to show or hide the answer
A funny thing happened on the way to the Forum: score by Click to show or hide the answer
Casablanca, Gone with the Wind: scores Click to show or hide the answer
Chariots of Fire, Blade Runner Click to show or hide the answer
Henry V (1944), Hamlet (1948), Richard III (1955) – all directed by Laurence Olivier Click to show or hide the answer
The 49th Parallel, Scott of the Antarctic Click to show or hide the answer
Lauren Bacall's singing voice in To Have and Have Not Click to show or hide the answer
Star Wars, Schindler's List, Jurassic Park, and other Spielberg films Click to show or hide the answer

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