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 Posted:   May 30, 2001 - 5:33 AM   
 By:   Dan Hobgood   (Member)

I have to nominate (at least) two moments in particular.

One is from INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE; it is the part when Indy has to take his step of faith in order to find the Holy Grail. Williams' music was so incredible in that moment. It has stuck with me ever since I saw the film for the first time--now over eleven years ago.

I think another has to be the teenager's prayer from JAWS 2. Without Williams' music, that scene would have been absolutely laughable. Instead, it is one of the most dramatically credible in the film (in my estimation). [One can hear so much of Williams' 80's, and especially 90's, style in this cue and many others from the score.]

There are a couple of other mentions that I would make, but I have not seen (or seen lately) the respective films that the music cues accompany. This is especially the case for "Imaginary Air Battle" from EMPIRE OF THE SUN.

What are your nominations?


 Posted:   May 30, 2001 - 7:02 AM   
 By:   I_Am_Artist   (Member)

Raiders of the Lost Ark.

So many great moments, but the one I will choose is when Indy burst out of that tent on horseback and gallops through the camp after the Ark. The music just explodes and gets almost religious in a way. Like Indy is on a very important crusade now.

Star Wars.

The swelling of the music as Luke races down the trench and Vader zeros in on his X-Wing. Goosebumbs!

Return of the Jedi.

Luke screams "Never!" and violently attacks Vader. The male chorus and orchestra have a dark and somber tone. Instead of some heroic blast of the Force Theme. But it's sad. Luke has finally given into his anger and now Father and Son fight to the death. Brings a tear to my eye every time.


The Shark approaches as Quint takes aim while yelling at Hooper. The music builds and builds...well, 'nuff said.

 Posted:   May 30, 2001 - 7:20 AM   
 By:   Luscious Lazlo   (Member)

From JAWS: The second part of "Preparing the Cage". The first part is a frenetic fugue. Which makes the second part sound like the musical equivalent of an eye in a hurricane.

From LOST IN SPACE: "Morning After". A masterpiece of mystical bleakness.

From EARTHQUAKE: "Something for Rosa". A schlockadelic bossa-nova trumpet tune.

 Posted:   May 30, 2001 - 8:52 AM   
 By:   James Gelet   (Member)

What a question! There are so many. Let's face it, the guy's middle name is "Memorable". As far as the MOST memorable goes, I would easily have to say it's the very first seconds of STAR WARS when that graphic flashes onto the screen and the first notes of the theme blast through those speakers. How can someone sit in a darkened theatre and experience that and not have it stay with them forever?

 Posted:   May 30, 2001 - 9:51 AM   
 By:   Rollo Tomasi   (Member)

THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK has about a dozen of them - the rebel's retreat at the end of the snow battle, the Millenium Falcon's escape from Hoth, the asteroid field, Yoda raising Luke's ship, the Millenium Falcon drifting away with the garbage, Han Solo being taken into the carbonite freeze chamber, departure of Boba Fett, R2D2 opening the door in Cloud City, the finale... I think this is the most goosebump-intensive score of all.

 Posted:   May 30, 2001 - 10:44 AM   
 By:   Simon   (Member)

My favourite Williams` moment is the Journey to the island from `Jurassic Park`

 Posted:   May 29, 2001 - 11:38 PM   
 By:   JohnnyK   (Member)

Raiders: The Map Room

Empire: End Titles, a remarkable suite from the film including the indelible Imperial March.

 Posted:   May 30, 2001 - 12:48 AM   
 By:   Jamieh   (Member)

I agree with the Raider's Map Room and with the Leap of Faith from Last Crusade. Both are fantastic moments.

Other favorites:

Near the end of Empire when Luke is hanging from the weather vane and Leia "hears him". The beautiful cinematography helps here.

The last several minutes of ET.

Superman, the whole scene where Lois Lane is hanging from the helicopter. The music really made that scene IMO.

 Posted:   May 30, 2001 - 1:59 AM   
 By:   Gustavo Joseph   (Member)

It´s very simple and quick, but the strings in the travelling shot at Roy Scheider´s face after the boy attack in the beginning of JAWS is my favorite Williams moment.

 Posted:   May 30, 2001 - 4:13 AM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

Tough to argue with Map Room...but let me add "Cadillac of the Skies" to the pot. And the last half hour of Close Encounters (incl. Special Edition).

 Posted:   May 30, 2001 - 5:33 AM   
 By:   Monterey Jack   (Member)

The swelling statement of the Force theme as Luke gazes at the spectacular double sunset in Star Wars is a particular fave.

 Posted:   May 31, 2001 - 2:20 AM   
 By:   MornNB   (Member)

There are too many to choose from... In no order:
That scene in ROTJ with the choir when Luke explodes with rage after Vader was talking about turning Leia to the dark side. Makes me cry.
Schindler's List the track Give Me Your Names
don't remember what part it is in from the overrated film, don't suppose it matters. The score is the most moving ever and not just a track or 2 that make me cry but like half of em.
That scene in TESB where luke is hanging off that.. metal thing under cloud city. I just love dark and dramatic stuff! Not the force theme version or anything, but that 4 note motif. Dark and the strings have a hell of a lot of tension.
In The Lost World where we first seem them on the island, with that large truck driving, with the wonderful Lost World theme playing.
In Angela's Ashes where Angela is praying that no more of his brothers or sisters will die. Teary.
Battle of Hoth TESB exciting and complex, keep hearing new things in it.
ROTJ first time we see the ewoks when Leia finds one, with a good version of the ewok theme with "primitive orchestration".
ET goodbye scene, another teary piece.
Also that piano at the end of ET.

 Posted:   May 31, 2001 - 3:00 AM   
 By:   Logied   (Member)

The Asteroid Field. Edge of your seat excitment.

 Posted:   May 31, 2001 - 8:35 AM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

BTW, I got goosebumps listening/seeing A.I. trailer in theatre. Assume it was Williams choral music. Flick's gonna be another Spielbergian monstrous hit, either way, IMHO.

 Posted:   May 31, 2001 - 2:08 AM   
 By:   Jim Cleveland   (Member)

Hey Danerino!
No two ways about it.....
The End Title/End Cast from Jaws 2!!!! Without QUESTION his most beautiful composition. It's just a shame he's never performed it in concert.

 Posted:   May 31, 2001 - 2:42 AM   
 By:   Marian Schedenig   (Member)

That's indeed one of his best, Jim.

I love "moments". One of my favourites, and probably not too memorable for others but very much so for me, is when Darth Vader is seen inside the Rebel base at Hoth during the ferocious string passage, and the Imperial March starts exactly when the guy in front of him steps to the right so we can see Vader. Probably a moment that's very much tied to the visuals, but it works greatly on its own as well.

 Posted:   May 31, 2001 - 4:22 AM   
 By:   medhorn   (Member)

JAWS: Into the estuary, Sea Attack number one, One barrel chase, Preparing the Cage, End Title.
JANE EYRE: Ride to Thornfield & St. John
TOWERING INFERNO: Main Title, Trapped lovers
CE3K:Opening sequence, "Who are you people?" Appearance of the small ships, End Title.
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK: Basket Game& Desert Chase
SCHINDLER'S LIST: "I could have done more"
JFK: Arlington
NIXON: Final scene
1941: Swing, swing
SUPERMAN: Death of Papa Kent, Leaving home& The Fortress of Solitude
THE FURY: Gillian's escape
BLACK SUNDAY: Preparations fugue
SAVING PRIVATE RYAN: Omaha Beach, Defense preparations

 Posted:   May 31, 2001 - 4:38 AM   
 By:   fantasy1973   (Member)

1 - The Asteroid Field
I view this as the epitome of The John
Williams Adventure Sound.
I mean with furious strings, winds
in a frantic pace, while the brass are
blowing out the trademark Williams sound
with ultra bold, crisp, herioic melody.
All put together in a adrenaline rush of
gliding through space at incredible
speeds. The music is perfect for the
particular scene.

 Posted:   May 31, 2001 - 4:43 AM   
 By:   Bach-Choi   (Member)

Very tough to come up with one musical moment, but one sequence that always leaves me with a sense of awe is the Empire's interception of Princess Leia's diplomacy ship in "Star Wars" up until the new reel start of the robots walking the desert sands of Tatooine--especially the music accompaning the cut of the escape pod spiraling out of control toward the planet below (Those 2 horn chords a tritone apart never fail to affect me).

 Posted:   May 31, 2001 - 5:33 AM   
 By:   Romy   (Member)

You guys may completely attack me for this, but...

Being young and naive, I don't have very many Williams memories, but the one that pops into my head first is rather odd.

I think one of the most powerful Williams moments is what he did for the teaser trailers of A.I. I mean, this music is going to be simply brilliant, and I was almost moved to tears by that forty-five seconds of practically another world. I swear I was literally succombed in the music I heard.........

....than Pearl Harbor came on


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