Based on Books

Based on Books

Sit back, relax, and listen to a curated set list of cues from films that are based on books.

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Based on Books
  • Ep. 90 - Bono & Gavin Friday's 'In The Name of the Father'

    There are some films that grip you from the first frame because of either the imagery, sound, or a combination of the two. This is one of those films.

    'In The Name of the Father' ranks as one of our favorite films from the 90's with incredible performances by Daniel Day-Lewis, Pete Postlethwaite...

  • Ep. 89 - Leonard Bernstein's 'West Side Story'

    Inspired by 'Romeo & Juliet', 'West Side Story' is nearly a perfect film in its craftsmanship between sound & image, and tells a deeply moving story as two cultures collide in New York City. The entire beginning is shot entirely with music, dance, little dialogue, and in our minds is one of the m...

  • Ep. 88 - Rodgers & Hammerstein's 'The Sound of Music'

    Where to watch: https://letterboxd.com/film/the-sound-of-music/

    Listen to the score: https://open.spotify.com/album/6p9jUvfQvXHAzStDArgYj5?si=Prl_gfuyQ2SOnQcLMm47zQ&dl_branch=1
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    Every Monday and Wednesday, SCORE CUE SNAPSHOTS brings you iconic scenes married to the corresponding score cue wit...

  • Ep. 86 - Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley's Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory

    "Pure Imagination", sung by the great Gene Wilder (who played the character of Willy Wonka), was composed by Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley, who both were also nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Score for the film.

    It is without question that this film stands on its own as one of the be...

  • Ep. 85 - Trevor Jones & Randy Edelman's 'The Last of the Mohicans'

    For this snapshot, we decided to publish a cue similar to "Promontory" on the original release. Interestingly, director Michael Mann asked Trevor Jones to provide an electronic score for the film, but it was decided late in production that an orchestral score would be more appropriate. Randy Edel...

  • Ep. 69 - James Horner's 'Patriot Games'

    This is our second Score Cue Snapshot featuring a film directed by Phillip Noyce (the first being "Clear and Present Danger")! Circling around the political turbulence of the IRA, Horner pools in some very unique Irish overtones throughout the score, including the all-too-famous "Theme from Harry...

  • Ep. 65 - Basil Poledouris' 'The Hunt for Red October'

    "Some things in here don't react well to bullets."

    The 1990 John McTiernan film is one of our top favorite movies ever, with an incredible score composed by Basil Poledouris. The film was actually honored at the Academy Awards for Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Film Editing.

    I...

  • Ep. 57 - Junip's 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty'

    "The Life of Walter Mitty" is all about the "quintessence of life”, and taking the courageous leap to become the person you've always wanted to be. With a fun score by Theodore Shapiro, the soundtrack also features Junip a.k.a José González performing a variety of songs throughout that are heartw...

  • Ep. 51 - James Horner's 'Clear and Present Danger'

    Enjoy this score cue from Phillip Noyce's 1994 political action-thriller, Clear and Present Danger. We absolutely love Horner's work on the Jack Ryan series, and it is truly great that an expanded two-disc collector's edition was released in 2013 by Intrada (which is now very difficult to find!)....

  • Ep. 52 - John Cale's 'American Psycho'

    There is no question that 'American Psycho' is controversial for a variety of reasons, however the music is what we are most interested in. While the regular soundtrack features a variety of hits from artists like David Bowie, The Cure, and New Order, and Huey Lewis and the News, John Cale's subt...

  • Ep. 45 - Howard Shore's 'The Hobbit: An Unpexpected Journey' (4K HDR)

    Composed, orchestrated, conducted and produced by Howard Shore, this majestic score was performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, London voices and Tiffin' Boys Choir and featured several vocal soloists. 'Over Hill' was one of the few cues that were completely new from The Hobbit film serie...

  • Ep. 44 - Dario Marianelli's 'Pride & Prejudice'

    From the 2005 film directed by Joe Wright, Italian composer Dario Marianelli wrote the score with Jean-Yves Thibaudet performing the piano solos accompanied by the English Chamber Orchestra.

    Interestingly, early piano sonatas composed by Beethoven 'became a point of reference' for Marianelli, wi...

  • Ep. 26 - Thomas Newman's 'Revolutionary Road'

    Ever since Newman composed 'American Beauty' for Sam Mendes' first feature film in 1999, their continued collaboration has been a true gift. There is something unique about Mendes, as he's able to capture incredible character moments while also using the simple tools of cinema to accentuate scene...

  • Ep. 23 - Vangelis' 'Blade Runner' (4K UHD)

    There is no question that the film and the score for Ridley Scott's 1982 movie 'Blade Runner' are both equal masterpieces in their own right. The soundtrack is a dark melodic combination of synth and classic composition which was nominated for a BAFTA and Golden Globe for best original score. To ...

  • Ep. 21 - The Soggy Bottom Boys' 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?'

    "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow" performed by The Soggy Bottom Boys (Dan Tyminski)

    Joel and Ethan Coen's masterpiece 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?' from 2000 is an undisputed gem. Based on 'The Odyssey' by Homer with a score by T Bone Burnett, this scene focuses on a performance by The Soggy Bottom...

  • Ep. 17 - Mark Isham's 'Never Cry Wolf'

    Carroll Ballard's 'Never Cry Wolf' from 1983 is one of our favorite films, and the score is especially wonderful. An early score by Isham, he brought something unique to the opening credits. If you close your eyes, you can almost imagine the epic scenes unfolding in your imagination. You also get...

  • Ep. 20 - Thom Yorke's 'Suspiria'

    Luca Guadagnino 2018 remake of 'Suspiria' from Dario Argento's 1977 Italian version is a perfect tribute to the original. Shot entirely on 35mm film, Radiohead singer Thom Yorke composed the score - his first feature film soundtrack. It features the London Contemporary Orchestra and Choir in a wo...

  • Ep. 15 - Zbigniew Preisner's 'The Secret Garden'

    Enjoy this wonderful cue composed by Zbigniew Preisner from the 1993 film directed by Agnieszka Holland. Preisner is a Polish film score composer that often works with director Krzysztof Kieślowski, and has often stated that his inspiration comes from Paganini and Jean Sibelius.

    Where to watch: ...

  • Ep. 10 - Thomas Newman's 'The Horse Whisperer'

    Enjoy this incredible thematic cue composed by Thomas Newman from Robert Redford's 'The Horse Whisperer'. This score follows the emotional journey of the film, where a girl and her horse undergo a personal voyage towards recovery and trust. In this scene, mother Annie MacLean (Kristin Scott Thoma...

  • Ep. 8 - Thomas Newman's 'Road to Perdition'

    Enjoy a masterful score by composer Thomas Newman, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2002.

    Road to Perdition is the soundtrack, on the Decca Records label, of the 2002 Academy Award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated film starring Tyler Hoechlin, Tom Hanks, Jen...

  • Ep. 6 - Jerry Goldsmith's 'The Russia House'

    Enjoy Jerry Goldsmith's incredible score to Fred Schepisi's 'The Russsia House', which came out in 1990. This score mixed Russian music and jazz to complement each character and scene in the film. In this cue, you can hear Branford Marsalis on soprano saxophone. There is nothing quite like it.

    W...

  • Ep. 1 - Philippe Sarde's 'The Tenant'

    Philippe Sarde used what is called a "glass harmonica" to create the unique sound found in this cue. A glass harmonica can be a number of different glass instruments, where the glass is made to vibrate by the friction of the player’s fingers. Very few people in the world can play it.

    Where to w...