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The Doors (1991)

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The story of the famous and influential 1960s rock band The Doors and its lead singer and composer, Jim Morrison, from his days as a UCLA film student in Los Angeles, to his untimely death in Paris, France at age 27 in 1971.

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Oliver Stone's homage to 1960s rock group The Doors also doubles as a biography of the group's late singer, the "Electric Poet" Jim Morrison. The movie follows Morrison from his days as a film student in Los Angeles to his death in Paris, France at age 27 in 1971. The movie features a tour-de-force performance by Val Kilmer, who not only looks like Jim Morrison's long-lost twin brother, but also sounds so much like him that he did much of his own singing. It has been written that even the surviving Doors had trouble distinguishing Kilmer's vocals from Morrison's originals. Written by Denise P. Meyer <dpm1@cornell.edu>

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"There are things known and things unknown and in between are The Doors." -- Jim Morrison See more »


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Rated R for heavy drug content, and for strong sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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1 March 1991 (USA)  »

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$38,000,000 (estimated)

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$35,183,792 (USA)
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Four and half years before Crispin Glover would portray Andy Warhol in this film, the two had met when both were guests at Madonna and Sean Penn's wedding. See more »

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Morrison says "Well we're a sullen group, Ed" without moving his lips. This was done deliberately to allow the audience into Jim Morrison's thoughts for just a moment. He could not say "Well, we're a sullen group, Ed!" directly to Ed Sullivan without being thrown out immediately. Instead, we are allowed to hear him think it, which leads us to the mischief Morrison got up to live on air. Another example of deliberate audio/visual mismatch is when Jim is approached by a groupie at Andy Warhol's party. Replying to "Hey Jim, remember San Francisco?", Jim says "Uh no, not really", without moving his lips. We are allowed to hear him think in his drug addled state. See more »

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Jim Morrison: [first lines; Jim has just climbed a tree to Pam's room] Hi.
Pamela: Hi.
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Pamela: Don't you believe in doors?
Jim Morrison: A waste of time.
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References The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) See more »

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You're Lost Little Girl
Written and Performed by The Doors
Elektra Records
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Absorbing movie - i didn't want it to end. (my only friend...)
29 February 2004 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Utterly absorbing bio-pic of Jim Morrison. The name Val Kilmer is, or should be, synonymous with incredible acting that is not merely natural or convincing, but immensely fun and commanding. You may have noticed while watching his recent Wonderland - Val has the ability to make a picture. Here, he IS The Doors: The Movie. There, he WAS Wonderland. I am exaggerating, i suppose. For Oliver Stone has crafted a marvellous film which makes you feel like you've experienced what the sixties were like. Through using The Doors actual music (what was missing from the recent Sylvia, the art of the subject itself - her poetry) to help tell its story and colour its scenes, and filmic techniques to create the drug-induced world vision of Jim Morrison, Stone really takes you into the world of his movie, and the world of the sixties.

This movie made me appreciate what an exciting experience The Doors were, and has actually cultivated love in me for their music. I didn't realise they had more than one classic: Light my Fire, The End, People are Strange, Love her Madly, Break on Through to the Other Side, Riders on the Storm, Touch Me, Roadhouse Blues (Let it roll, baby roll) and probably more i'm yet to discover.

For a better recreation of what Andy Warhol's factory actually felt like, see I Shot Andy Warhol. Crispin Glover actually looks more like Andy than the guy who plays him in "I Shot," but the guy in I Shot much better captured Andy's vagueness and almost unconsciousness while in conversation. This, however, is but three minutes in the movie and has no effect on it as a whole.

Oliver Stone has an amusing cameo: a young film student, Jim Morrison, shows his short film to his class, who are uncouth and disparaging about it, after which camera pans to reveal Oliver Stone standing at the lecturn, (obviously, playing the film professor), who says: "Why don't we ask the author what he thinks?"


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