Cliff Eidelman

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Cliff Eidelman
BornClifford Glen Eidelman
(1964-12-05) December 5, 1964 (age 53)
Los Angeles, California, United States
OccupationComposer, conductor

Clifford Glen "Cliff" Eidelman (born December 5, 1964 in Los Angeles, California) is an American composer and conductor who scored films such as Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Free Willy 3: The Rescue, and Christopher Columbus: The Discovery.[1]


Eidelman began his formal training in violin at the age of eight and continued with multi-instrument training ranging from piano and guitar in genres such as jazz to classic music in his youth.[2] After studying music at Santa Monica College and the University of Southern California, he scored his first feature film Magdalene in 1989.

His breakthrough composition that catapulted him into stardom was his 1991 dark and choral composition to Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. The composition to the sixth installment of the Star Trek motion picture series was composed by Eidelman at the age of 26.[3]

In the years after, Eidelman continued to compose dramatic and epic scores such as Christopher Columbus: The Discovery.[4] As Eidelman's style of composing changed towards more sentimental and minimalistic scores, so did the films for which he scored.

Eidelman currently resides in Santa Monica, California and continues to score movies.

Notable scores[edit]

Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes
1988 Magdalene Monica Teuber [de]
1989 Dead Man Out Richard Pearce HBO Television film
To Die For Deran Sarafian Academy Entertainment
Animal Behavior Kjehl Rasmussen
H. Anne Riley
Millimeter Films
Triumph of the Spirit Robert M. Young Triumph Films
1990 Crazy People Tony Bill Paramount Pictures
Judgment Tom Topor HBO Television film
1991 Delirious Tom Mankiewicz Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Nicholas Meyer Paramount Pictures
1992 Christopher Columbus: The Discovery John Glen Warner Bros. Pictures
Leap of Faith Richard Pearce Paramount Pictures
1993 Untamed Heart Tony Bill Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
The Meteor Man Robert Townsend Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1994 My Girl 2 Howard Zieff Columbia Pictures
A Simple Twist of Fate Gillies MacKinnon Touchstone Pictures
1995 Now and Then Lesli Linka Glatter New Line Cinema
The Surrogate Jan Egleson
Raymond Hartung
ABC Television film
1996 Girl 6 Spike Lee Fox Searchlight Pictures
If These Walls Could Talk Nancy Savoca HBO Television film
1997 The Beautician and the Beast Ken Kwapis Paramount Pictures
Free Willy 3: The Rescue Sam Pillsbury Warner Bros. Family Entertainment
1998 Montana Jennifer Leitzes Initial Entertainment Group
One True Thing Carl Franklin Universal Pictures
1999 Witness Protection Richard Pearce HBO Television film
2001 An American Rhapsody Éva Gárdos Paramount Classics
2002 Harrison's Flowers Elie Chouraqui Universal Pictures
2003 The Lizzie McGuire Movie Jim Fall Walt Disney Pictures
2004 Before Sunset Richard Linklater Warner Independent Pictures
2005 The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Ken Kwapis Warner Bros. Pictures
2006 Open Window Mia Goldman Image Entertainment
2009 He's Just Not That Into You Ken Kwapis New Line Cinema
2012 Big Miracle Ken Kwapis Universal Pictures


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