Melodic Treks 91: A Spiritual Sequel Score / by Brandon-Shea Mutala

James Horner's Clear and Present Danger.


Running Time: 1 hour 11 minutes 12 seconds
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After the success of the 1992 film Patriot Games, a third film in the Jack Ryan series was quickly produced. With the powerful combination of star Harrison Ford, director Phillip Noyce, and composer James Horner, all of whom would return for the project, a box office smash was basically guaranteed. While different in tone, there were many similar aspects of the production that would cement this film as a classic piece of American cinema.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by film score expert John Takis to discuss James Horner's score to the 1994 film Clear and Present Danger. We discuss its importance in Horner's career, the complexity of the film's plot, Star Trek actors, and how this score is a spiritual sequel to Patriot Games, while still standing on its own.


Intro (00:00:00)
Welcome to Melodic Treks (00:01:10)
Welcome Back, John! (00:02:58)
A Horner Staple (00:04:52)
"Operation Reciprocity" (00:06:13)
The Film (00:09:04)
The Score (00:14:26)
"Main Title: Clear and Present Danger" (00:17:29)
The Jack Ryan Theme (00:20:15)
"Ambush" (00:25:58)
"Deleting the Evidence" (00:37:50)
"Greer's Funeral/Betrayal" (00:44:37)
"Blow Up Narcotics Plane" (00:50:24)
"Woodroom/Finale" (00:56:50)
Final Thoughts and Finding John (01:00:23)
Closing (01:08:44)

All music composed by James Horner Intro and exit music from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country composed by Cliff Eidelman


Brandon Shea Mutala


John Takis


Tony Robinson (Editor and Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Tony Robinson (Associate Producer) Bobby Tucker (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

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