“The Rescue (1988)”
Music By Bruce Broughton
Intrada Special Collection Vol.
23 Tracks/Disc Time: 72:34
After the resounding success of teen military rescue action-adventure, “Iron Eagle” starring Jason Gedrick (“Backdraft”) and Oscar Winner Louis Gossett, Jr. (“An Officer And A Gentleman”), Disney and other studios started to look into rather unique ways to capitalize on this success. While other studios developed their own ideas, Disney and their fledging and successful company Touchstone Pictures which dedicated to films intended for adults came up with the action-adventure, “The Rescue” written by the bothers Jim and John Thomas of “Predator” and “Executive Decision” fame is about group of teenagers (Kevin Dillion (“Entourage”), Christina Harnois (“Dazed And Confused”), Marc Price (“Family Ties”), Ian Giatti (“The Great Outdoors”), and Ned Vaughn) who attempt to rescue their Navy fathers (Timothy Carhart (“Working Girl”), Edward Albert, Charles Haid and Oscar nominee James Cromwell (“L.A.Confidential”) held captive in a Communist military prison. After when a team of Navy Seals were sent to destroy a disabled submarine so it will not fall into enemy hands. After the U.S. Government refuses to mount a rescue mission to bring them home, their teenage children take over and find a way to venture into the foreign and hostile country and then overcome many obstacles to work together as a unit to free their fathers. The film wasn’t a success after being released on the heels of films such as “Die Hard”, “Big” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”, which was Disney’s blockbuster and critically acclaimed hit of the Summer, but found life on cable via Showtime and The Movie Channel.
The films fine musical score was provided by the stellar work of composer Bruce Broughton, who at this time was really riding high after his successful scores to “Silverado” (which earned the composer a well deserved Oscar nomination), “Young Sherlock Holmes”, “The Boy Who Could Fly”, “Harry And The Hendersons” and “The Monster Squad” which are amongst his most popular scores of his career. “The Rescue” comes off the heels of Broughton’s other Summer 1988 assignment for the Mark Harmon/Sean Connery action-thriller, “The Presidio”, which was a suspense laden score. “The Rescue” is very entertaining and engaging action score that is alot better than it appears to be. The score is purely orchestrial with fun, grandiose military styled moments (which is required for a film such as this) and a modern rhythm section made up of drums, flute, synthesizers, keyboards and electric guitar.
The score opens with the “Main Title” which immediately sets the tone of the score thematically mixing in the military theme for the Navy SEAL team and their hostile Asian setting and some cool contemporary rock n’roll rhythms that are out of the Jerry Goldsmith playbook during this period that would later play out during the film’s opening in the tracks that follow in “Diving SEALS” and “Underwater Rescue”. Once the film takes place through the misadventures of the soldiers kids, Broughton really ramps up the contemporary material with more emphasis on keyboards and the rhythm section highlighted in the tracks “J.J.”, “Nightwork”, “Preparations”, “The Boat” and “Move It!” that also feature some tension and suspense that would really pay off later on in the score as the rescue mission starts to take over the finale of the film. “Boat Chase”, “”The Rescue Begins”, “The Rescue” and “The Plane! The Plane” all feature some stellar action writing throughout these intense and militaristic tracks that really incorporate the main theme of the score in a more aggressive and energetic way. This is really Bruce Broughton at his best throughout these memorable tracks that really pays off with an equally terrific and frenetic finale in “The Landing And End Credits”, that ends both the film and the score on a heroic, patriotic note with a great reprise of the main themes. Just dead on perfect.
Intrada’s over due release of the score thanks to Disney’s cooperation, features Broughton in fine form and it is a score that is fun and enjoyably over the top filled with memorable and exciting themes that were required of films such as this back then and I wish they did now in Hollywood’s sad musical wallpaper state. “The Rescue” is easily one of Bruce Broughton’s most underrated and fun action scores that were penned by one of the best in the business. Very strong thumbs up.