Tuesday conversation: movie soundtracks.

Since there has been so much cynicism lately on the blog, what with the election and all, how about a lighter fare for the Tuesday conversation this week?

Which movie has the best soundtrack?  Which soundtrack has the most nostalgia for you?

Commenters are encouraged to link a youtube clip with a good song from your movie.  Today I’m listening to the soundtrack to First Blood.  For those of you who don’t necessarily like action movies, I actually like the plot of that film.  I also think Stallone killed it in the role of Rambo.

The book First Blood (which I’ve read, and in which Rambo dies in the end) was written as an examination of how veterans were treated after returning from Vietnam and the psychological scars those men had to endure for the sum of their lives.  I think the movie does that sentiment justice.  Interestingly, Al Pacino was wanting to play the role of Rambo and Kirk Douglas wanted to play Col. Trautman.  Both quit because they felt the film should have been more in-keeping with the book.  Douglas wanted Rambo to die, as he did in the novel.

Also, I love Richard Crenna.

For another fun question, despite the Rambo franchise having a reputation for gratuitous body counts, in First Blood only one person died the entire film.  Do you remember which character it was?

My favorite track from the film is called “Homecoming“.  It was composed by the great Jerry Goldsmith, who died in 2004.

 

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