1985 Soundtrack – Commando

Commando is a 1985 American action film directed by Mark L. Lester and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rae Dawn Chong, Alyssa Milano, Vernon Wells, Bill Duke and Dan Hedaya. The film was released in the United States on October 4, 1985. The film was noted for its furious action and sense of humor.

The film was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Special Effects but lost to Back to the Future. The film’s score was provided by James Horner. A commercial success, Commando was the 7th-highest-grossing R-rated film of 1985 worldwide, and the 25th-highest-grossing overall.

A soundtrack album was released by Varèse Sarabande on December 2, 2003, as part of the label’s CD Club and was limited to 3,000 copies. The score, composed by James Horner, is notable for its prominent use of steel drums and for reusing motifs from Horner’s soundtrack for 48 Hours.


1  The Trashmen / The Agency (James Horner) 00:46
2  Main Title (James Horner) 03:45
3  The Helicopter Arrives (James Horner) 00:56
4  Run To The Shed And Chase (James Horner) 02:38
5  Matrix Captured / Jenny Tied Up (James Horner) 01:50
6  Into The Plane (James Horner) 00:53
7  Don’t Disturb My Friend (James Horner) 03:36
8  Matrix Hits Swamp (James Horner) 01:14
9  Matrix Walks In Terminal (James Horner) 00:28
10  Matrix On The Move (James Horner) 00:48
11  Don’t Move (James Horner) 06:30
12  Sully Starts To Run (James Horner) 04:33
13  Drive Away From Pier (James Horner) 03:41
14  Matrix Breaks Lock (James Horner) 02:14
15  Matrix Jumps To Floor (James Horner) 01:40
16  Cut To Val Verde (James Horner) 01:24
17  Matrix Climbs Up Bank (James Horner) 03:16
18  Soldier Gets Pitchfork / Matrix Runs Up Steps (James Horner) 03:47
19  Arius Crashes Through Window (James Horner) 03:20
20  Matrix Approaches General (James Horner) 00:55
21  We Fight For Love (End Credits) (James Horner) 04:37
22  Soldier Gets Pitchfork (Alternate) (James Horner) 01:30
23  Don’t Disturb My Friend (Alternate) (James Horner) 03:23
24  Don’t Disturb My Friend (Alternate Mix) (James Horner) 03:54


GuitarDennis Herring
SynthesizerIan Underwood
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
SynthesizerRalph Grierson
BassoonMichael O’Donovan
BassoonNorman Herzberg
EWISteve Tavaglione
FluteKazu Matsui
SaxAnthony Ortega
SaxDave Boruff
TromboneBobby Sanders
TromboneCharlie Loper
TromboneDick Nash
TromboneLloyd Ulyate
TromboneWilliam Booth
TubaJim Self
TubaJohn Thomas Johnson
Steel DrumsAndy Narell
Steel DrumsJeff Narell
Steel DrumsRobert Greenidge
PercussionDaniel Greco
PercussionDon Williams
PercussionEmil Richards
PercussionGreg Goodall
PercussionJoe Porcaro
PercussionLarry Bunker
PercussionPeter Limonick
PercussionSteve Schaeffer
PercussionThomas Miller
PercussionTom Raney
PercussionVinnie Colaiuta

Other Musicians

Bass – Arni Egilsson, Bruce Morgenthaler, Buell Neidlinger, Drew Dembowski, Scott Harper, Tim Barr
Cello – Barbara Hunter, Dennis Karmazyn, Douglas Davis, Earl Madison, Eleanor Slatkin, John Walz, Robert L. Adcock, Steve Erdody
Viola – Alan DeVeritch, Allan Harshman, David Schwartz, James Dunham, Kazi Pitelka, Kenneth Burward-Hoy, Linn Subotnick, Michael Nowak, Milton Thomas, Pamela Goldsmith, Peter Hatch, Ray Tischer
Violin – Arnold Belnick, Arthur Zadinsky, Bill Hybel, Bruce Dukov, Claudia Parducci, Clayton Haslop, Constance Meyer, David Frisina, Dixie Blackstone, Dorothy Wade, Harry Cykman, Herman Clebanoff, Irma Neumann, Israel Baker, Marshall Sosson, Michael Markman, Nathan Kaproff, Oscar Chausow, Peter Kent, Polly Sweeney, Reggie Hill*, Sidney Sharp, Stanley Plummer, Stuart Canin

Liner Notes

Producer – James Horner, Jay Gruska, Nick Redman
Producer (Executive) – Tom Cavanaugh
Conductor – James Horner
Edited By – Dan Hersch
Editor – Ken Runyon
Editor (Assistant) – Tom Carlson
Mastered By – Dan Hersch
Mixed By – Dan Wallin
Orchestra (Manager) – Meyer Mike Rubin

Mastered At D2 Mastering
Copyright Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation