Film Music

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Mike Oldfield's entry in The Internet Movie Database

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Rare Tracks




The Exorcist
Directed By William Freidkin
Based on the novel by William Peter Blatty

After being reportedly turned down by Bernard Hermann, Director William Friedkin commissioned Lalo Schifrin to compose incidental music. Friedkin was unhappy with the result, so he went to the Warner Bros music library and searched through the contemporary instrumental records for a more appropriate replacement. Mike's Tubular Bells, with it's haunting, nursery-rhyme-like introduction, was chosen.


La Jeune Fille Assassinée
Alternative titles: Charlotte
Una Vita bruciata, Una (Italy)
Ein Wildes Leben (West Germany)
Written and Directed By Roger Vadim

Parts of Tubular Bells and Hergest Ridge were used.



An Arts Council film about geometry. As well as using parts of Ommadawn and Hergest Ridge, several new pieces were written specially for the film, some of them appearing on later albums, including Incantations, Woodhenge and The Path. An otherwise unavailable song called Making Way is played over the closing credits, and there are several incidental music cues. This was the first time Mike composed music specifically for a film, although it was not intended for cinematic release.


The Space Movie
Written and Directed By Tony Palmer
Produced by Richard Branson and Simon Draper

The Space Movie is a compilation of NASA footage, assembled to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the moon landings. Parts of The Orchestral Tubular Bells, The Orchestral Hergest Ridge, and Incantations (including out-takes) and Portsmouth were utilised.

Although a soundtrack album was compiled, it did not include any previously unreleased tracks (apart from the Orchestral Hergest Ridge), and was never released.

Directed by George Comminos

This short animated film also used extracts from Tubular Bells.


Pandora's Mirror
Directed by Warren Evans

This American adult film uses a ten-minute extract from Ommadawn Part One.


Hot Dreams
Directed by Warren Evans

Another adult film by Warren Evans reuses Ommadawn Part One, this time in its entirety (and the scene has no other sound) at the climax of the film.


The Killing Fields
Directed by Roland Joffe
Produced by David Puttnam

This was Mike's first proper film score, which was composed on a Fairlight computer. Mike is said to have recorded several hours of additional music for the film, most of which was left unused, while there are several short pieces of music in the film which were not included on the soundtrack album.


Weird Science
Written and Directed by John Hughes
Produced by Joel Silver

Another film to use an extract from Tubular Bells.


The Exorcist III
Alternative title: Exorcist III: The Legion
Written and Directed by William Peter Blatty
Based on the Novel 'Legion'.

A sequel to the film from 1973, this again used the introduction to Tubular Bells.

Hergest Ridge

A 25-minute video inspired by Hergest Ridge was produced by film students as a "pilot" for a complete album-length version, which was never made. In the story, a young woman climbs a hill (encountering the glider and dog as seen on the album cover), and finds some unpleasant things along the way.

Several versions of this rare film are in circulation, one of which includes a montage of out-takes from the film, using Moonshine (from Tubular Bells II) as the soundtrack.


The X-Files: Fight The Future

Although not included in the film itself, the soundtrack album contained a specially-recorded track by Mike called Tubular-X, which combined the X-Files theme with Tubular Bells.


The Exorcist: The Version You Haven't Seen
Directed by William Friedkin

A remastered and re-edited version of the 1973 film, which once again uses parts of Tubular Bells.


Scary Movie 2
Directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans
Produced by Eric L. Gold

The pre-credit sequence of this horror spoof is a parody of The Exorcist, and accordingly, the introduction from Tubular Bells is used.


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