Mark McKenzie

The Last Castle / Drama / Limited Edition Soundtrack Available

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Prison Uprising composed by Mark McKenzie for Jerry Goldsmith  Time:  3:38

One of the greatest cinema composers ever, Academy Award Winning Jerry Goldsmith asked me to compose the 6 minute prison battle at the end of the Robert Redford / James Gandolfini movie THE LAST CASTLE. Jerry had it in his contract that he could ask whoever he wanted if he needed help. Jerry gave me no instructions but I used his hero theme at the climax. I also incorporated Jerry’s ascending thirds theme in the action portion. After finishing composing, I called Jerry to have him review a mock up. He said he didn’t need to see or hear it..he’d hear it soon enough.  After I conducted the first rehearsal at the old CBS Radford recording stage with an 80 piece orchestra, the music executive unwilling to make a deal before hand happily called my agent and made a very good deal for me.  No changes were made. We recorded it on take three with the amazing Los Angeles Musicians.