Basil Poledouris: A Man and His Music

Film composer Basil Poledouris unfolded a tapestry of musical styles in over 55 television and motion picture scores. When you have a wide palette of styles and ideas that can fit almost any film genre, your talent is welcome in an industry that demands flexibility. This gift combined with sensitivity can take you a long…

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Emilio Estevez on Basil Poledouris

How did you meet Basil? I’ve been a fan of his work for years and I was thinking, with a movie with a total budget of 4.2 million dollars, the chances of getting someone like Basil, who does enormous orchestral scores, was slim to none. I don’t really know that many film composers. On the…

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John Milius on Basil Poledouris

How did you meet Basil? He and I went to school together at U.S.C. I was there for two years, around ‘65 or ‘66 I think. What films has he scored for you? All of my films except THE WIND AND THE LION and DILLINGER because they wouldn’t let him then. And the one I…

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Paul Verhoeven on Basil Poledouris

How did you meet Basil? I met Basil around ‘84 when I was doing FLESH AND BLOOD for Orion. We were looking for a composer and Mike Medavoy, head of production at Orion, mentioned him together with Horner and Goldsmith. At that time we were beyond our budget. Originally I used the temp music of…

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Randall Kleiser on Basil Poledouris

How did you meet Basil? Basil was a classmate of mine at the D.S.C. film school. We were both studying directing and were working on each other’s films as crew members. I even played a corpse in one of his student films! What films has he scored for you? He did BLUE LAGOON, SUMMER LOVERS,…

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