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Jerry Goldsmith vs. James Horner


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Jerry Goldsmith vs. James Horner  

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  1. 1. Which composer do you admire more?

    • Jerry Goldsmith
      36
    • James Horner
      14
  2. 2. Do you own more JG or JH CDs? And how many of each, approximately?

    • Jerry Goldsmith
      32
    • James Horner
      18
  3. 3. Generally, which composer scored the better movies (movies that you personally enjoy watching)?

    • Jerry Goldsmith
      23
    • James Horner
      27


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Goldsmith might have scored more lousy films than Horner, but Horner didn't really score any film of the caliber of Patton, Chinatown, Papillon or Alien

We had a little fan sit-in recently in Berlin and was surprised to find that movies like APOLLO 13, PERFECT STORM or DEEP IMPACT have their staunch admirers in the age group 26-36. I am not even sure the Jerry movies you named, ALIEN excepted, are even known - and i guess that their more ambiguous nature may even be a turn-off for some.

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Papillon's definitely the most obscure one on that list. I doubt many millenials have ever heard of it. It's a beautiful score, too, one of his great waltz works.

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Papillon's definitely the most obscure one on that list. I doubt many millenials have ever heard of it. It's a beautiful score, too, one of his great waltz works.

I've read somewhere that it was Ennio Morricone's favorite score. I can't put a link anymore since I don't remember what site I've read it from.

Btw, I just came across the wiki page for the 1990 Total Recall and in the soundtrack section, it said "The main title theme features a metal percussion pattern that bears similarities to a drum pattern from Anvil of Crom." Even the link to website it was attached to didn't even say anything about that!

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  • 4 years later...
  1. Jerry Goldsmith
  2. Goldsmith 91, Horner 0
  3. Jerry Goldsmith (his bad films are more obvious, but James Horner has never scored movies like Planet of the Apes, Chinatown, Alien, Under Fire or L.A. Confidential)
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That's debatable. Horner did many good films like 'Name of the Rose' etc. over the years. And'Aliens' holds its own against 'Alien' - it's different but not inferior. 

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