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Sam Houston
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I was recently listening to Xanadu by Olivia Newton-John (a long time crush of mine since she first started singing country music).  I love the soundtrack to the movie and was surprised how such a great soundtrack came from a not so great movie.  This was also true for her other movie "Two of a Kind".  I started thinking about what other movies were bombs, but had a great soundtrack.  Flash Gordon comes to mind with the great Queen soundtrack.  What others can you think of?



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Rock & Rule.  I happen to love it, but it is admittedly not a great film, at least in the sense of cohesiveness and clarity.  It barely got a release, but the soundtrack is stellar.

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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Love the album to death (even if I usually skip Kevin Sacey's track), but I'm a huge Johnny Mercer fan.
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I really liked Tom Petty's "She's the One".
The movie, not so much.
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Cocktail!
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I could listen to the SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER soundtrack all day every day but found the movie agonizing, one of those acclaimed film classics I guess I would have had to have been there to appreciate.

THE MISSION, directed by Roland Joffe, has a transcendent score by Ennio Morricone which Morricone has called his favorite out of the 500 or so he's composed. The movie itself is meh, squandering assets like Robert De Niro playing a Spanish slaver named Mendoza.

PINK FLOYD THE WALL is one of my favorite albums but the movie sure has a lot of long, boring scenes of a guy watching tv.
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Great call on THE MISSION. About THE WALL, I like Parker's movie but, yeah, it could have been better while the album couldn't.
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I love the Top Gun soundtrack, but hate the movie. 


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Heavy Metal
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Bill Collins
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I have never seen Xanadu due to the poor reviews,but i
love the ELO `side` of the album,in fact i had it on in
the car for a couple of weeks recently!
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Rock Of Ages,love the music and the stage show,but Tom
Cruise totally ruined the movie!
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Jerry Goldsmith is the King of ridiculously peppy, infectious soundtracks which far outshine the mostly forgotten celluloid accompaniments.  THE SWARM, 100 RIFLES, THE HAUNTING (1999 remake), KING SOLOMON's MINES are a few examples.

Brian Tyler's TIMELINE also comes to mind; a remarkably energetic score for a distressingly weak movie. 
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Flash Gordon with music by Queen.
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John Barry: THE BLACK HOLE


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Flash Gordon comes to mind with the great Queen soundtrack.
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Flash Gordon with music by Queen.

Right away, I'm confused by the premise of this thread.

FLASH GORDON

Soundtrack: Great.
Movie:  Frickin' Awesome.





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I loved the soundtrack for "Xanadu," too, especially the ELO side and had a crush on ONJ, too, so I was really disappointed when I finally saw the movie.
Has Jerry Goldsmith ever done a bad soundtrack? I think his music for "Star Trek:TMP" and "Star Trek V:TFF" is better than the actual films.
1987's "Dragnet," starring Dan Ackroyd and Tom Hanks, has a weird charm for me, but it was not well regarded at the time. I think the instrumental music (by Ira Newborn)also is one of those soundtracks that rises above the film.
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(Thank you, Brian... I was about to post the same thing!)


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John Barry: THE BLACK HOLE

I saw THE BLACK HOLE in the theater. I'd have been 10 years old. Liked it enough. The big robot scared the crap out of me.*

I don't think I saw it again for maybe 20 years. Did not hold up.

But the John Barry score is pretty solid.

He also did a great job with KING KONG (1976). I'm a fan of the film, though I realize not many are. But the score is beautiful.

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(Spoiler-y comment:)

*Given Dr. Reinhardt's fate, the fact that he was played by Maximillian Schell is kinda hilarious.


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I'd throw Conan the Barbarian into the mix. I find the film kind of average, whereas the score is top drawer.
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Sam Houston
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Warren: I loved the soundtrack for "Xanadu," too, especially the ELO side and had a crush on ONJ, too, so I was really disappointed when I finally saw the movie.
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My saving grace was seeing ONJ and leg warmers!
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Brian Rhodes, quit reading my diary entries about FLASH GORDON and THE BLACK HOLE!  Don't deny it, it's the only way you could be writing exactly what I think.
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Star Wars The Phantom Menace...seems like the only one of the prequels
where George was willing to pay full price for a Williams soundtrack!

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Streets of Fire
Showgirls

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Craig Markley
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Repo Man a cult movie so I don't know if it's considered good or not. I love it though. I was totally surprised to see it on HBO last night. It has a FANTASTIC soundtrack if you like 80's punk: Iggy Pop, Black Flag, Suicidal Tendencies, Circle Jerks, Burning Sensations, etc.
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I've always been partial to the soundtrack to the Supergirl movie since I  heard it, Jerry Goldsmith again, a great score for a blechh film. 
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