Soundtracks of Cinema: ‘Sharper’

Sharper Soundtrack - Every Song in the 2023 Apple TV+ Movie

The Sharper soundtrack includes music by Talking Heads, Don Henley and Nina Simone. This info article contains spoilers and song details for Benjamin Caron’s 2023 Apple TV+ movie. Check out Vague Visages’ Soundtracks of Cinema section for more music guides.

Sharper stars Julianne Moore as Madeline, a female con artist who plots against a billionaire. Sebastian Stan co-stars as Max, a male con artist who tries to outsmart his protege. The storyline follows the focal criminals as they learn the truth about their long con. Composer Clint Mansell (Black Swan) scored the 116-minute Apple TV+ film; music supervisor Simon Astall (Big Little Lies) selected the featured needle-drops. Here’s every song in Sharper.

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Sharper Soundtrack: Every Song in the 2023 Apple TV+ Movie

Sharper Soundtrack - Every Song in the 2023 Apple TV+ Movie

  • “Ruler of My Heart” by Irma Thomas (00:01:00): The Sharper soundtrack song scores the opening sequence. Tom (Justice Smith) works in his his bookstore. He greets Sandra (Briana Middleton).
  • “In a Sentimental Mood” by Duke Elllington, John Coltrane (00:04:00): Tom speaks with Sandra. The music plays on a radio. Tom asks Sandra to have dinner with him.
  • “Oretachi No Tabi” by Masatoshi Nakamura (00:06:00): Tom hangs out with Sandra. The track kicks in as they walk to a restaurant. Tom talks about writing a novel.
  • “I Won’t Let You Down” by Curtis Harding (00:10:00): Tom and Sandra kiss. The Sharper soundtrack song continues during a transition scene. Tom and Sandra visit a park.
  • “Right” by Khruangbin (00:13:00): Tom celebrates his birthday. Sandra talks to his friend. She makes up a story about attending Vassar.
  • “Just a Lonely Christmas” by The Supremes (00:20:00): A “Sandra” segment begins. Middleton’s character walks outdoors. She enters a bar and meets with a parole officer.
  • “Lonely Wine” by Roy Orbison (00:23:00): A bar sequence continues. The Sharper soundtrack song plays as Sandra says that she could pass a drug test. Max confronts the parole officer.
  • “All I Want for Christmas Dear Is You” by Buck Owens and the Buckaroos (00:26:00): Max talks to a parole officer. He considers giving up his watch. The music fades as Sandra observes the exchange.
  • “Detroit” by Disasterpeace (00:37:00): Max and Sandra gaze at a skyline. The track accompanies a transition scene. Sandra arrives at a restaurant.
  • “Slippery People” by Talking Heads (00:46:00): The Sharper soundtrack song scores the beginning of a “Max” segment. Stan’s character exits a vehicle. He arrives at a social event with earbuds on.
  • “Night and Day” by Samara Joy (00:47:00): Max takes off his earbuds. A jazz vocalist performs. Max talks to Madeline and Richard (John Lithgow).
  • “Easy to Love” by Samara Joy (00:50:00): Max argues with Madeline. A jazz singer performs nearby. Max finishes a fake fight with Madeline.
  • “In the Night” by Russ Ballard (00:59:00): Madeline arrives at Max’s apartment. The Sharper soundtrack song plays from a speaker system. Madeline and Max talk about their long con.
  • “Dirty Laundry” by Don Henley (01:06:00): Max receives payoff money from Richard. The track sets in as he crosses a street. Max celebrates at a bar with Madeline and Tipsy (Phillip Johnson Richardson).
  • “Time Moves Slow” by BADBADNOTGOOD (01:08:00): A bar scene continues. Tipsy tells a story to Max and Madeline. Music plays from within the establishment.
  • “What Power Art Thou” by Emmanuelle Haïm, Le Concert d’Astrée, Christopher Purves (01:13:00): The Sharper soundtrack song accompanies a “Madeline” segment. Moore’s character cries while looking at a mirror. She breathes heavy after Richard’s death.
  • “Count Your Blessings” by Matiel (01:17:00): Madeline finishes a conversation with Tom. The music plays as she sits down and smiles. Madeline enjoys her billionaire lifestyle.
  • “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out” by Nina Simone (01:50:00): Tom talks with Sandra. They exit a bookstore. The song scores the movie’s final moments and end credits.

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The Sharper soundtrack also includes:

  • “Time Change” by Matthew Sylvester
  • “Ode of Temptation” by Danny Pravder

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.