Directed by James Bridges. Starring Debra Winger.
Joe's first film score, written during the "Night And Day" Tour. Side
One of the A&M soundtrack album consists of songs, including "Memphis"
which was left over from the "Night And Day" sessions and got a fair
amount of airplay. The other songs and the instrumental Side Two were
written for the film. Unfortunately the film was drastically re-cut
after the music was recorded, and not much of Joe's score made it into
the final cut.
NO IE ('The House of the Poet') (1985)
This orchestral score was commissioned by the Daiei Corporation for
an IMAX film shown at Science Expo 85, in Tsukuba, Japan. Joe was flown
out to Tokyo to supervise the rehearsals and recording with the orchestra.
A re-written version of this score appeared on Joe's Instrumental album
"Will Power," entitled "Symphony in One Movement".
2-hour pilot episode for Michael Mann/Tony Yerkovich TV series.
This series only lasted 6 episodes, but the pilot was released in cinemas
and/or on video in certain territories. The score, one of Joe's best,
features a big horn section and lots of latin percussion, as well as
Joe on piano and Gary Burke on drums.
(The Man And His Dream) (1988)
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, Produced by George Lucas
Starring Jeff Bridges, Martin Landau, Fredric Forrest, Joan Allen
Joe's most 'high-profile' movie project to date. A soundtrack album
was released by A&M Records. It was recorded in London using some distinguished
British jazz players along with the horns from the "Jumpin' Jive" album
and Body and Soul band members Gary Burke, Ed Roynesdal and Vinnie Zummo.
Directed by Steve Rash, produced by Taylor Hackford
Starring Joe Mantegna, Kevin Bacon, John Malkovich, Jamie Lee Curtis
Not much original music in this one, but if you listen carefully you
can hear Joe playing piano and organ, along with the band from the "Big
World" album. The soundtrack album consists of old hit songs used in
the film - no score.
- I'M YOUR MAN (1992)
Directed by Bob Bejan
This was the first Interactive movie to be shown in a theater. During
a limited run in New York, LA and a couple of other cities, cinema seat
arm-rests were fitted with three buttons connected to a computer enabling
the audience to "vote" on which direction the story would take. Since
there were always three alternatives, Joe had to write nearly an hour
of music for a 20-minute film. The score was performed entirely by Joe
on synthesizers. No soundtrack album.
OF HEARTS (1993)
Directed by Yurek Bogayewicz
Starring Kelly Lynch, Sherilyn Fenn, and William Baldwin
Bisexual romantic comedy for which Joe was called in at the last minute.
Despite having just two weeks to write and record the score, it's his
favourite, next to "Tucker". It is scored for eight string players,
acoustic bass, and percussion, with Joe on piano. No soundtrack album.