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The 1998 satire Small Soldiers reunites Jerry Goldsmith with filmmaker Joe Dante, a partnership that spans features from Gremlins to The 'Burbs and boasts some of the most imaginative and delightful work of the composer's career. Small Soldiers is no exception, even if it fails to break new ground — in fact, the score consciously nods to previous efforts like Patton, Total Recall, and Explorers, essentially recapping Goldsmith's career in broad, tongue-in-cheek strokes. From military marches ("Assembly Line") to bombastic action ("Prepare for Assault") to tearjerker dramatics ("Off to Gorgon"), the score is like a Whitman's sampler of familiar Goldsmith sounds and sensibilities. It's not quite the career-capping achievement he may have envisioned, but it's a testament to his mastery that his tried and true techniques remain so fresh.


Born: 10 February 1929 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

For over four decades, Jerry Goldsmith ranked among the film and television industry's most highly-regarded and prolific composers; at the peak of his activity during the 1960s, he was estimated to have scored an average of about six films annually. Born in Los Angeles on February 10, 1929, Goldsmith studied music at the University of South Carolina, and after accepting a job as an office clerk at CBS television later graduated to the network's music department in 1950. There he composed themes for...
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