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New digital recording.
Arranged by Robert Lafond.
Newly recorded Georges Delerue music arranged by Robert Lafond, using digital sampling of acoustic instruments. This time the musical approach is resolutely classical, including many pieces for piano and symphonic orchestra. Most of the themes from American and British films found on this compilation were composed during the last ten years of the composer's career. It's a premiere on disc for all of them. 12-page booklet with liner notes in English and French.
1. Nobody Runs Forever
2. Without Warning: The James Brady Story
3. Sin of Innocence Part 1
4. Sin of Innocence Part 2
5. Women of Valour
6. Paris by Night
7. Her Secret Life aka Code name:Dancer
9. Mister Johnson
10. Silence of the Heart
11. Sword of Gideon
NOBODY RUNS FOREVER (AKA "The High Commissioner") - A police investigator is forced to rely on the man he's been instructed to apprehend in this cold war thriller. Sir James Quentin (Christopher Plummer) is a high level negotiator with the British government who is approached by Scobie Malone (Rod Taylor), an Australian detective who has been instructed to arrest Quentin in connection with the murder of his first wife 25 years earlier. Quentin calmly asks Malone if he could wait until he completes his work at a diplomatic conference, and Malone agrees; Quentin even allows Malone to stay at his home with his second wife Shelia (Lilli Palmer). Malone's assignment soon proves to be more complicated (and dangerous) than he expected when he has to save Quentin from an assassination attempt. Quentin must protect a fellow diplomat also targeted by gunmen, and Malone learns that Shelia has a deadly secret. The High Commissioner was also released under the title Nobody Runs Forever. 1968
WITHOUT WARNING: THE JAMES BRADY STORY - In this made-for-cable film, Beau Bridges stars in the true-life story of the Ronald Reagan press secretary who was critically wounded in the 1981 assassination attempt on Reagan by John Hinckley. Brady was left crippled by the shooting, and the film follows his recuperation process, as well as his fight for more stringent gun control. 1991
SIN OF INNOCENCE - Dermot Mulroney plays a teenager whose widowed father (Bill Bixby) marries a divorcee (Dee Wallace Stone). Suddenly Mulroney inherits a stepsister (Megan Follows), a girl his own age. What should have been an uncomplicated setup becomes problematic when stepbrother and stepsister fall in love with each other. Sin of Innocence comes to a logical and satisfying conclusion with the two young people solving the dilemma themselves, without the self-serving "assistance" of their anguished parents. 1986
WOMEN OF VALOUR - In this made-for-TV film, a group of American nurses stationed in the Philippines are captured when Japanese forces invade during World War II. In the hands of the enemy, the women are held prisoner for three years and must struggle to survive. Stars Suan Sarandon and Kristy McNicol. 1986
PARIS BY NIGHT - British playwright David Hare both wrote and directed the complicated political melodrama "Paris By Night." Charlotte Rampling plays a Tory member of the European parliament, who lets absolutely nothing get in way of her ambitions. At present, Rampling is convinced that she is being blackmailed by her ex-business partner Andrew Ray. Upon accidentally meeting Ray, Rampling impulsively murders the man. In a deliciously ironic turn of events, she is approached by Ray's daughter Sinead Cusack, who hopes that Rampling will help her locate her missing dad. Rampling eventually finds out Ray had been innocent all along-but a greater shock awaits her at home, at the hands of her long-neglected husband Michael Gambon. "Paris By Night" contains far too many cute coincidences to be credible, but this fact doesn't immediately sink in as the audience revels in the film's superlative performances and David Hare's adroit manipulation of people, places and events. 1989
HER SECRET LIFE - Kate Capshaw plays a schoolteacher and suburban housewife who happens to be an ex-spy. Nobody knows of Capshaw's previous espionage activities, least of all her somewhat obtuse husband Cliff De Young. When Capshaw's ex-lover Jeroen Krabbe, an intimate of Castro, lands in a Cuban prison, she is swept back into the spy business, leaving her nonplussed hubby in the dust. Made for television, "Her Secret Life" did prove there was more to Kate Capshaw's repertoire than the wimpy heroine of "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom." It also proved that a workable premise is not enough when the script is skimpy. (U.S. Video title: "Code Name: Dancer") 1987
PARTNERS - TV director James Burrows made his feature debut with this unusual film that's a situation comedy-style twist on both "The Odd Couple" (1968) and "Cruising" (1980). The murder of a male model in a gay, beachfront enclave of L.A. warrants an undercover investigation, so police officer Benson (Ryan O'Neal), a straight, macho, law-and-order type, is assigned to partner with file clerk Kerwin (John Hurt), a mild-mannered homosexual. Benson and Kerwin are to pose as a gay couple who have just moved to the area. At first, Benson's slovenly ways drive the fussy Kerwin to distraction, while Kerwin's sexual orientation and prissy manners are a source of constant frustration for straight arrow Benson. However, the two eventually become friendly roommates, if not exactly friends, and Benson even begins to see the world through Kerwin's eyes. Although he carries a badge, the fussy Kerwin is essentially a civilian, but as he and Benson close in on the murderer, Kerwin reveals himself to be a far more capable cop than Benson assumes him to be. Partners was written by Francis Veber, author of "La Cage aux Folles" (1978) and "The Man with One Red Shoe" (1985). 1982
MISTER JOHNSON - Director Bruce Beresford followed up his Academy Award-winning "Driving Miss Daisy" with another meditation on race, "Mister Johnson." Set in West Africa in 1923, Johnson (Maynard Eziashi), the clerk of British administrator Harry Rudbeck (Pierce Brosnan), attempts everything within his power to ingratiate himself into white society. Johnson hatches a plan to juggle the books so that Rudbeck will have the capital necessary to achieve his ultimate dream of a "great northern road," but when his scheme is uncovered, he is fired. After finding another job with a shopkeeper named Gollop (Edward Woodward), he is again fired for his "creative" financing skills; however, Rudbeck hires him back to oversee the road construction project. When funds are cut off, Johnson convinces workers to do their jobs for free to ensure the project's completion. Once again, he is caught embezzling, and once again, he is let go; in a fit of desperation, he robs and kills Gollup. After confessing to the crime, he begs Rudbeck to kill him, sparing him the humiliation of public execution. 1991
SILENCE OF THE HEART - A 17-year-old boy (Chad Lowe) is killed in an automobile accident. As the facts begin to assert themselves, it appears that the boy actually took his own life. His mother (Mariette Hartley) and sister (Dana Hill) try to learn the truth, even as his father (Howard Hesseman) digs in his heels and refuses to face the possibility of a suicide. While this plot line is unravelling, the boy's best friend (Charlie Sheen) is tormented by the possibility that he could have prevented the tragedy. The emphasis in Silence of the Heart is the effect of suicide on the survivors rather than the victim, and the realization that one does not have to be "crazy" to end one's own existence. This made-for-TV movie was originally telecast October 30, 1984.
SWORD OF GIDEON - In the made-for-cable thriller "Sword of Gideon," a team of anti-terrorist commandos, led by Steven Bauer, sets out to avenge the deaths of Israeli athletes killed during the Munich Olympics of 1972. Also stars Michael York, Rod Steiger, Lino Ventura and Colleen Dewhurst. 1986