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 Posted:   Oct 4, 2001 - 11:00 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

I must say, I have many, including their accompanying scores, right now I was very moved by Billy Crystal's effort for HBO this year, 61* I thought the details, the actors, many of whom were top notch in this and other films, like Bob Gunton, Bruce McGill, and Richard Masur were wonderful. The re-creation of old Yankee stadium was marvelous. And no detail was spared (including the positioning of the players on the bench after Roger Maris' then historic home run.) I am not a big fan of Marc Shaiman, but because he is Crystal's composer, and knowing the sentiment in which the material was held by Crystal, I knew it would be a fine dramatic effort. And it was. Not a "Great" score, but one of my favorites in a sports film. The films and scores to "Rudy" and "Hoosiers" will always be favorites. And wonderful films to boot.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 5, 2001 - 12:14 AM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

I agree! 61 was an excellent movie that is now out in video. The actors were superb, and Barry Pepper (Maris) has been nominated for an emmy. Shaiman's score was melodic and lovely. I still like Rudy and Hoosiers the most, but this score was enjoyable.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 5, 2001 - 1:09 AM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

*61 was astonishing, at so many times, for this viewer who has fond memories of sitting next to the visiting dugout at The Stadium when The Mick, batting lefty, hit one out in the bottom of the 9th or 10th off of reliever Minnie Rojas of the newly named California (formerly Los Angeles) Angels in the first game of a Sunday afternoon doubleheader(which the Yanks ended up sweeping). Not to mention an earlier day when Rog chopped a foul ball right to us--which my older brother muffed, claiming I stuck my hand in the way, to which I protested my innocence to Pop and younger brother.

I wish to now confess publicly, some 35 years later, that he wasn't kidding, I DID mess him! But the shot of the Mantle homer with young Crystal in the stands was EXACTLY how I saw the homer above. Amazing. Anyway, I didn't think much of the *61 score (hard to avoid that pun) and I've seen the flick 3 times. It was average, that's all, and I would like to have had something highly pastoral along the lines of The Natural or even Hoosiers. So many good sports film scores around, I'll pass for now and let others wax poetic.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 5, 2001 - 2:18 AM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

ROCKY by Bill Conti!

I wonder how many people work out now due to being turned on by this testonotronic score http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/smile.gif">

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 5, 2001 - 4:48 AM   
 By:   K-9   (Member)

This is cheating, but for my money, some of the best "sports" music can be heard on THE POWER AND THE GLORY: THE ORIGINAL MUSIC & VOICES OF NFL FILMS. If you like football or football films, you owe it to yourself to pick up this CD.

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np: THIRTEEN DAYS by Trevor Jones

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 5, 2001 - 5:48 AM   
 By:   thinredline98   (Member)

I second one that one too K-9. Here are my favorite sports movies with excellent scores and somethem are sadly unreleased:

Rudy (Jerry Goldsmith)
Cool Runnings (Hans Zimmer and Nick Glennie-Smith)
Hoosiers (Jerry Goldsmith)
The Scout (Bill Conti)
Remember the Titans (Trevor Rabin)
Necessary Roughness (Bill Conti)
Hoop Dreams (Ricky Peterson)
Little Giants (John Debney)
Major League (James Newton Howard)
Baseketball (Ira Newborn)
A League of Their Own (Hans Zimmer)
Mystery, Alaska (Carter Burwell)
Major League:Back to the Minors (Robert Folk)
Rookie of the Year (Bill Conti)
The Sandlot (David Newman)
Little Big League (Stanley Clarke)

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 5, 2001 - 6:03 AM   
 By:   Keith   (Member)

While not a "movie" in the commecial sense, I still think that the musical score of "NFL: The Power and the Glory" is still amazing.

Except for "The Natural", perhaps, I find most sports movie scores completely forgettable.
[This message has been edited by Keith (edited 05 October 2001).]

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 5, 2001 - 6:19 AM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

K-9,
I must agree with you on "The Power and Glory" cd released by NFL Films. For someone like me, who as a child in the early 70's listened to the booming "Voice of God" as they put it, the late John Facenda, on the old NFL films broadcasts, combined with that music with the visuals, and the times, will forever in my mind be associated with the majesty and brutality of pro football. The cd was a treat, although there are still some pieces of music missing that I remember from back then, and then of course, there is the reason I looked forward to the disc in the first place, the menacing, theatrical "Oakland Raiders Theme". This music as a child just seemed to stick in my head for some reason....And this combined with Steve Sabol's shot on film technique, was unforgettable. A shame we only get to see some of these classic programs only on the sports channels in yearly marathons. You could never forget the power, pain, and glory of the true "gladiators" of modern day sport. A marvelous treat cd.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 12, 2001 - 9:40 AM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

Don't really know if this can be "truly classified as a "sports film" in the true sense of the word, but I really enjoyed the sleeper, "MYSTERY ALASKA" with Russell Crowe.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2014 - 8:07 AM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Anzaldiman, hope you don't mind me resurrecting this 13 year old topic. It is a good topic.

This new article just came out 4 days ago, naming the top 20 best sports films, and yes, the list is made up of opinions, not facts. Many I agree with and many I don't agree with. I was surprised that Major League was in the list as I thought of it as more of a comedy than serious sports film. On the other hand, I was very happy to see A League Of Their Own. Most of these films had really decent film scores. Seem like sports films bring out some amazing music from composers.


http://msn.foxsports.com/southwest/lists/20-greatest-sports-movies-of-all-time-040514

So what you all think?

 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2014 - 8:25 AM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

Two oldies and goodies - JIM THORPE - ALL AMERICAN by Max Steiner and KNUTE ROCKNE ALL AMERICAN by Heinz Roemheld. I was somewhat disappointed in Leigh Harline's score to PRIDE OF THE YANKEES. I thought his interpolation of "Always" was unimaginative.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2014 - 8:58 AM   
 By:   Cricket853   (Member)

I have always loved scores to sport films. And although I am not big on golf, I must admit a strong admiration for "Bobby Jones". A truly inspiring film and James Horner's music is right on!

 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2014 - 1:41 PM   
 By:   emusician   (Member)

Rocky
Hoosiers
Rudy
The Natural
Cinderella Man
The Karate Kid (Conti)

 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2014 - 1:46 PM   
 By:   emusician   (Member)

Rocky
Hoosiers
Rudy
The Natural
Cinderella Man
The Karate Kid (Conti)


and Field of Dreams

 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2014 - 2:11 PM   
 By:   Mike Skerritt   (Member)

I was surprised that Major League was in the list as I thought of it as more of a comedy than serious sports film.

"Sports film" doesn't need to mean drama to take the sports seriously. smile MAJOR LEAGUE is actually one of the more thrilling, realistic sports movies you'll see. The score is pretty good too, an early effort from James Newton Howard.

One of my very favorite sports movies and scores is WIND by Poledouris. Maybe that's better termed a sporting movie.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2014 - 3:12 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Sports films often engender great scores. Also I think sports films elicit rather grand themes like perseverance pays off, we can rise above challenges, dreams can come true, challenges and obstacles can produce great pay offs and important changes, etc. Films like 42, The Jim Thorpe Story, and A League Of Their Own reflect the race and gender issues of those films’ times. Sometimes we see a slice of Americana in our sports films.

In this past decade I really liked Tyler’s score to The Greatest Game Ever Played and Isham’s Invincible.

Any comments on the list of top twenty sports films?

 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2014 - 8:19 PM   
 By:   Dr. Nigel Channing   (Member)

It was mentioned above, but Debney's LITTLE GIANTS is absolutely phenomenal, and sorely in need of a commercial release.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2014 - 8:29 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

NUMBER ONE-69-DOMINIC FRONTIERE-AL HIRT- Love that score and enjoyed the film too. Sought of a predecessor to what really happened to JOE THESIMAN on MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL when he got sacked and it ended his career.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 10, 2014 - 12:17 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

everybody should know this and the correct answer is Bill Conti. ha ha

When - despite the unfair conditions - the Allies start knocking the ball about and michael caine passes to Pele who plays in the winger and as the music picks up Bobby Moore - shouting one of the most quotable lines in cinematic history - anyone? - runs in and volleys the cross first time into the German net - goal!! And a remarkable against all odds comeback begins...

p.s for those of you americans who havent seen this moving and poignant p.o.w story, the line is "Far post, Eric!"

 
 Posted:   Apr 10, 2014 - 9:19 AM   
 By:   Mike Skerritt   (Member)

everybody should know this and the correct answer is Bill Conti. ha ha

When - despite the unfair conditions - the Allies start knocking the ball about and michael caine passes to Pele who plays in the winger and as the music picks up Bobby Moore - shouting one of the most quotable lines in cinematic history - anyone? - runs in and volleys the cross first time into the German net - goal!! And a remarkable against all odds comeback begins...

p.s for those of you americans who havent seen this moving and poignant p.o.w story, the line is "Far post, Eric!"


Fantastic score for a (IMO) very underrated movie. One of my earliest memories of noticing a film score, too.

 
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