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Given the increasingly over-the-top carnage of each successive film in the Rambo trilogy, it's somewhat surprising and contradictory to note that Jerry Goldsmith's work on the series' debut entry, First Blood, represents his most aggressive and foreboding score. An uneven but often suspenseful score dominated by pulsating synthesizers and eruptions of brass, First Blood works to Goldsmith's strengths and weaknesses alike. His mournful main theme succinctly captures the personal pride and anguish of Sylvester Stallone's protagonist, John Rambo, but as the psychological drama of the onscreen narrative breaks down in the face of sheer physical violence, so too does the music sacrifice complexity and nuance in favor of bombast and cacophony.


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 Southern California, 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...
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