“Small Sacrifices” and the Music of True Crime

April 27, 2010 by  
Filed under Music

The music of True Crime can be very arousing. Peter Manning Robinson composed the score for the 1989 movie made for TV, Small Sacrifices, starring Farrah Fawcett. Listen to the theme track as the drama begins over the credits. And yea, that`s Ryan O`Neal playing Diane Downs`(Farrah) ex-boyfriend, Lew Lewiston. The story is based on Ann Rule`s best selling True Crime book, Small Sacrifices.

I have my theories as to why this is Ann Rule`s best selling book. However, I won`t get into that at this time. And I also believe that this is one of the late Farrah Fawcett`s best acting roles. I believe you can see the 1989 classic in its entirety on YouTube, in so many parts. I intend to do just that (you should too). And I had to scrounge the used book stores of Austin in order to find the last surviving paperback of Rule`s Small Sacrifices. Weird, I know! OBSESSIONS!

Peter Manning Robinson`s music is tense and pathological (appropriately so); a kind of hybrid of Phillip Glass and Bernard Hermann. Peter has done many other of these soundtracks for various TV True Crime Movies, that was such a big fad in the 1980s. You probably have heard them before, but maybe weren`t listening so closely for what the music was doing to character and plot. Quite a bit, I should think. So dig into the vaults of Peter Manning Robinson.

He`s scored: And the Sea Will Tell, Willing to Kill: The Texas Cheerleader Story and Woman on the Run: The Lawrencia Bambenek Story, just to name a few.