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John Williams

John Williams [38]


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Born:February 8, 1932 (85)
Filmography Rating:7.85 / 10
IMDB Rating:7.57 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.08 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:84.42%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
Fiddler on the Roof [1971](39) => Composer
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope [1977](45) => Composer
Close Encounters of the Third Kind [1977](45) => Composer
Superman: The Movie [1978](46) => Composer
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back [1980](48) => Composer
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark [1981](49) => Composer
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial [1982](50) => Composer
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi [1983](51) => Composer
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom [1984](52) => Composer
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade [1989](57) => Composer
Home Alone [1990](58) => Composer
Hook [1991](59) => Composer
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York [1992](60) => Composer
Jurassic Park [1993](61) => Composer
Sabrina [1995](63) => Composer
Lost World: Jurassic Park [1997](65) => Composer
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace [1999](67) => Composer
Superman: The Movie: Expanded Edition [2000](68) => Composer
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone [2001](69) => Composer
Jurassic Park III [2001](69) => Composer
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones [2002](70) => Composer
Minority Report [2002](70) => Composer
E.T. The Extra Terrestrial: Collector's Edition [2002](70) => Composer
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial: Extended Edition [2002](70) => Composer
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets [2002](70) => Composer
The Adventures of Indiana Jones [2003](71) => Composer
Star Wars: Original Trilogy: Special Edition [2004](72) => Composer
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope: Special Edition [2004](72) => Composer
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi: Special Edition [2004](72) => Composer
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back: Special Edition [2004](72) => Composer
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkeban [2004](72) => Composer
War of the Worlds [2005](73) => Composer
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith [2005](73) => Composer
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope: Limited Edition [2006](74) => Composer
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi: Limited Edition [2006](74) => Composer
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back: Limited Edition [2006](74) => Composer
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull [2008](76) => Composer
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens [2015](83) => Composer

Trivia that mentions this person:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 [2010]
  • John Williams, who composed the scores to the first three films, expressed his interest in returning to score Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, but was unable to do so due to scheduling conflicts. However composer Nicholas Hooper turned down the opportunity to score the final two films, saying that working on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince took a toll on his family's personal life.
    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire [2005]
  • John Williams passed on scoring this movie in favor of Memoirs of a Geisha.
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkeban [2004]
  • The tune played on the gramophone during the Boggart scene is NOT Louis Prima's {Sing, Sing, Sing}. The actual song, {Swing, Swing, Swing} written by John Williams, is from the film 1941 and is also featured in [The X Files]: {Triangle} (#6.3) during the sixth season.
    Home Alone 3 [1997]
  • The film is a complete spin off the original movies. There no mention of Macaulay Culkin's character or mention of his family, The MacAllister's. The only link to the original film is the Chicago suburbs, where the original film takes place, Mr. Jernigan getting his region hit by a crowbar and a portion of John Williams' score during the beginning credits.
    Hook [1991]
  • In 1985, composer John Williams and lyricist Leslie Bricusse worked on Hook, being a stage musical, but the project was scrapped after about ten songs were written. Only one song from the play, {When You're Alone}, made it to the film. However, many of the play's themes can be heard in Williams' incidental music for the film.
    The Magnificent Seven [1960]
  • Composer John Williams was a member of the orchestra that recorded Elmer Bernstein's score; he played the piano.
    Supergirl [1984]
  • John Williams' theme for Superman appears briefly in Jerry Goldsmith's score.
    Close Encounters of the Third Kind [1977]
  • The John Williams score was created before the film was edited. Steven Spielberg edited the film to match the music, a reverse of what is usually done in film scoring. Both Spielberg and Williams felt that it ultimately gave the film a lyrical feel.
  • The iconic five-note melody was a chance arrangement that both John Williams and Steven Spielberg happened to like out of hundreds of different permutations.
    Batman [1989]
  • The producers wanted John Williams to write the score, but he had to turn it down due to his commitment to Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
    Man of Steel [2013]
  • To completely distinguish this film as a new film separate from previous ones, the iconic "Superman Theme" by John Williams wasn't heard. This is the first Warner Bros. [Superman] film to not incorporate Williams' score from Superman.
    Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens [2015]
  • The first J.J. Abrams film not to have a musical score by Michael Giacchino. Aptly enough, Giacchino stated in an interview that he would rather hear the music of John Williams in a new [Star Wars] film than his own. Giacchino's name shows up in episode VII's credits as a stormtrooper.
    The LEGO Batman Movie [2017]
  • When Batman arrives at The Fortress of Solitude and presses the doorbell, the sound is the main theme of Superman composed by John Williams.