Film Music Fridays - Episode 10


Starship Troopers (1997), by Basil Poledouris


We are back with the newest episode of Film Music Fridays, narrated by CineConcerts President, Producer & Conductor Justin Freer! In this week’s episode, Justin talks about Basil Poledouris’ epic score to Verhoeven’s satirical military science fiction action film - specifically about the opening scene which contains a unique blend of a military march with a hint of comedy. This would be incredibly unique to the satirical dark humor present throughout the film.

Basil Poledouris (1945 - 2006) is considered to be one of the most memorable film composers of our time, best known for his long-running collaborations with directors John Milius and Verhoeven. His best known works include music for films like Conan the Barbarian (1982), Red Dawn (1984), RoboCop (1987), The Hunt for Red October (1990), Free Willy (1993), and Starship Troopers (1997). Poledouris won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special for his work on the four-part miniseries Lonesome Dove in 1989, and was a four-time recipient of the BMI Film Music Award.

Read more at Wikipedia here.

Cue from scene discussed:

Composer Basil Poledouris

Composer Basil Poledouris

What’s Next?


Stay tuned for the next episode of Film Music Fridays on Friday, May 31st, where we will be featuring Bill Conti’s incredible score to The Right Stuff!