Released: May 6, 2016
Formats: CD, Digital (76 min)
Review: Eiger Sanction, The
2.5 / 5 Stars
The music that John Williams generated for this film was not your typical John Barry-esque spy music heard in the Bond films but rather the subtleties of scores like Cinderella Liberty and The Paper Chase. Clint Eastwood called upon Williams to provide his talents as a classical film composer and from his past as a jazz musician to produce a very solid score. Besides working with Dee Barton on Play Misty For Me and Lalo Schifrin on Dirty Harry, Eastwood has a propensity to call on composers with a strong jazz and classical background. This is even more evident with his long time relationship with composer and musician Lennie Niehaus on most of Eastwoods own films during the past twenty years. Williams own score fits with Eastwoods performance on screen by providing an excellent and dynamic underscore for the film. The only real detraction from the score is that the instrumentation places it in a somewhat restricted timeframe, but it only occurs in a few small parts. Overall its an excellent Williams score, often overlooked and ignored due to the lack of actual recognition of the film it accompanied. With character names like Jemima Brown, lines like "screw Marlon Brando," and straight forward, in your face violence, one could understand that this film never makes a regular appearance on network T.V..
If you can find this CD in a used bin or even at an on-line retailer and are a fan of John Williams but are looking for something just a bit different, I suggest this CD wholeheartedly. Once again, it displays the diversity of the man credited often with rekindling the interest in film music, and show that there existed great film scores before 1977. As for the film, if you can catch it, it shows that a 50 year old Clint Eastwood can portray a 30 year old man in1975 and make it look believable (so playing a 60 year-old in Space Cowboys wasnt as far a stretch as people think). Also, for purists, Clint did his own mountain climbing stunts, a rarity in films nowadays with digital video and effects composition.
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