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This is a comments thread about FSM CD: Cleopatra Jones/Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold
 Posted:   Oct 20, 2013 - 6:00 AM   
 By:   Simon Morris   (Member)

Great music there, Bob. Is the first part of that clip the cue which Simon mentioned (in 2011)? It does seem to lean heavily (and joyfully) on the Schifrin sound of ENTER THE DRAGON... or perhaps Simon himself could answer that. Simon?

Hi Graham,

No, the YT clip above is two other cues from the score edited together. IIRC the cues are Casino Fight and Main Title (Instrumental), the latter being a bonus track on the FSM disc.

There are several cues with Schifrinian brass and 'tumbling' drumkit, along with oriental percussion as per Enter the Dragon, but still recognisably Frontiere.

 Posted:   Oct 20, 2013 - 6:10 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

Cheers Simon. There's so much stuff out there, even from years ago, that I haven't got and will probably never get round to getting. It's got the stage that if someone asked me yesterday if this set had ever been released, I'd have said "Don't know." So, another on my "to get" list, at number 138. At my purchase rate of ten CDs a year, I'll be giving it a spin for the first time in 2027. But that's only if no more scores are ever released which would nudge it further down the list. Damn this glut! (First World Problem Number 962).

 Posted:   Dec 22, 2020 - 6:39 PM   
 By:   Viscount Bark   (Member)

The beauty and action of Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold

This movie was great fun. It's too bad a couple more weren't made in the 1970s - especially focusing on the globe-hopping angle making Cleo sort of a female Bond.

 Posted:   Aug 21, 2023 - 7:05 PM   
 By:   Viscount Bark   (Member)

I've seen Casino of Gold twice in the last three years, but I've now finally watched the first Cleopatra Jones. It's excellent, although I still prefer CoG. J.J. Johnson's score and songs hit me right in the belly. This is a CD I definitely need to track down.

I've been a fan of the late William Friedkin's To Live and Die in LA for many years, and there's a car chase in Cleo that was filmed in the same location as the Friedkin's chase from that movie. A comparison of the two scenes by some enterprising YouTuber would be fascinating.

This is yet another entry in Bill McKinney's villainous roles in the 1970s. He plays a sadistic, racist, corrupt cop here and also played a sadistic mountain man in Deliverance, a sadistic, crazy truck driver in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot and a sadistic jail guard in Valentino. No wonder I was surprised when he turned out to be a good guy in Breakheart Pass!

This is also a must for Antonio Fargas junkies - here he's Doodlebug with a mile-high Afro. An overly confident would-be gang boss leader, he's sort of the equivalent of Steven Keats' Jackie Brown from The Friends of Eddie Coyle.

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