Eric Clapton - Rush

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Release date: 14 January 1992

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Eric Clapton - Rush: Wikipedia Album Entry

Eric Clapton -- Rush

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack of the movie called Rush

Rush is a 1991 American crime drama film, based on a novel written by Kim Wozencraft. An experienced narcotics detective and his inexperienced partner go after an elusive drug dealer. They become drug addicts themselves and, failing to get the evidence they need, are forced to use falsified evidence.

Seasoned undercover narcotics police officer Jim Raynor (Jason Patric) must choose a new partner for his next assignment. He chooses the "wet-behind-the-ears" Kristen Cates (Jennifer Jason Leigh). Together they are looking to bring down the so-far untouchable Gaines (Gregg Allman).

As they get deeper and deeper undercover they become addicted to the same heroin they're trying to keep off the street; they also fall in love, further complicating their assignment.

Lacking real evidence, they are forced to create false evidence in order to get a conviction. Later Raynor is murdered by an unseen hitman. At Gaines' trial for Raynor's murder, just as Cates is asked to deliver a key piece of testimony Gaines reveals that he was either the unseen hitman or is in direct contact with him by tracing his own face with two fingers-the exact way the two barrels of the killer's shotgun traced hers at Raynor's murder. She immediately recants her grand-jury testimony, freeing Gaines. Gaines is later murdered by an unseen assassin whom we assume is officer Cates.


Jimmy Bralower -- Drum Machine
Hillary Bratton -- Film Music Coordinator
Jeff Carson -- Film Music Editor
Lenny Castro -- Percussion
Bill Champlin -- Vocals (bckgr)
Ed Cherney -- Engineer
Eric Clapton -- Dobro, Guitar, Arranger, Composer, Vocals, Writer
Lee Dickson -- Guitar Technician
Tim Drummond -- Bass
Bruce Dukov -- Concert Master
Nathan East -- Bass
Steve Ferrone -- Drums
Ben Fowler -- Assistant Engineer
David Frank -- Synthesizer, Arranger, Horn, Synthesizer Horn
Lani Groves -- Vocals (bckgr)
Buddy Guy -- Guitar, Vocals, Performer
Alex Haas -- Mixing
Ted Jensen -- Mastering
Randy Kerber -- Organ, Synthesizer, Arranger, Conductor, Keyboards, Orchestration
Robbie Kondor Synthesizer
Chuck Leavell -- Organ, Piano
Gayle Levant -- Celtic Harp
Scott Mabuchi -- Engineer
Becky Mancuso -- Music Supervisor
JayDee Mannes -- Pedal Steel
Jenni Muldaur -- Vocals (bckgr)
Amos Newman -- Associate Producer
Richard Ornstein -- Assistant Engineer
Greg Phillinganes -- Piano, Keyboards
Donna Ranieri -- Soundtrack Coordination
Celest Ray -- Music Clearance
Tim Sexton -- Music Supervisor
Vaneese Thomas -- Vocals (bckgr)
Russ Titelman -- Arranger, Producer
Tom Winslow -- Assistant Engineer
Kayla Ritt Yamada -- Production Assistant
Lili Fini Zanuck -- Executive Producer


* Jason Patric as Jim Raynor
* Jennifer Jason Leigh as Kristen Cates
* Sam Elliott as Dodd
* Max Perlich as Walker
* Gregg Allman as Will Gaines
* Tony Frank as Nettle
* William Sadler as Monroe
* Dennis Letts as Senior District Attorney
* Dennis Burkley as Motorcycle Guy
* Merrill Connally as Defense Attorney


Eric Clapton's Grammy-winning song Tears in Heaven is featured in the film. Clapton wrote the entire film's soundtrack, which is entirely instrumental, except for Tears in Heaven and Help Me Up, Jimi Hendrix's All Along the Watchtower (composed by Bob Dylan), Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird", Buddy Guy and Eric Clapton's "Don't Know Which Way to Go", Freddy Fender's "Before the Next Teardrop Falls", Robin Trower's "Bridge of Sighs", The Ohio Players' "Love Rollercoaster", and Johnny Winter's "Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo".

Factual basis

Rush is based on the infamous Tyler, Texas drug scandal of the late 1970's, when two police undercover officers (Wozencraft and her partner, later her husband) were brought in from the Plano Police Department and were assigned to break up a huge smuggling ring that was suspected to be run by a Tyler club owner by the name of Bora. Most of what happens in the movie happened in real life, from the addiction getting out of control to the use of planted evidence. However, the movie never explored the role of U.S. Assistant Attorney Kelly Ireland and how he found out about the problem from a casual conversation with a Texas Ranger at a meeting in Fort Worth, and how he pursued it at great cost to his own career and life. But, even though that is left out, the movie reflects what really happened - the Tyler PD being torn in two between the officers who thought what they did was necessary and those who thought what they did was inexcusable, and the same divisions within the community. Kim Wozencraft ran into Kelly Ireland on an airplane many years later and asked forgiveness, which he readily gave, and a recommendation, which he would never give after what she did. They were both sentenced to prison, being released in 1983, and then placed in witness protection. Bora, the club owner, was finally released from prison on his sentence from the tainted charges brought by the two detectives, and did not get killed, as the club owner in the movie does.

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