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The Doors (1991)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama, Music  |  1 March 1991 (USA)
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The story of the famous and influential 1960s rock band 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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Rated R for heavy drug content, and for strong sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 March 1991 (USA)  »

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Ha-Dlatot  »

Box Office


$38,000,000 (estimated)


$35,183,792 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The scene where Jim smashes a television while in the recording studio actually happened. Ray Manzarek describes it vividly in his autobiography "Light My Fire". See more »


The London Fog scene takes place in 1966. When the manager asks Jim's age, Jim claims to be 21. If the scene took place in 1966, he would be 22 (before December 8) or 23. See more »


Jim Morrison: Adolf Hitler is alive and well and living in Miami! I fucked her last night!
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References Sleep (1964) See more »


Five to One
Written by The Doors
Performed by The Doors / Val Kilmer
Elektra Records
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Great visual film that concentrates on one aspect of a brilliant but troubled rock legend.
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Jim Morrison wrote many of the Doors songs and was a complete drunk by the time he died in 1971. This film depicts Morrison in a very one sided view. Yes he was an alcoholic with a disregard for authority, yes he was on self destruct mode and burnt out quickly reaffirming the James Dean "Live fast Die young" motif. But what is missing from Stone's depiction of him was his great intellect,his absurd humour and his natural talent as a composer and vocalist. However it is a wonderfully visual film that takes the viewers on a hallucinogenic ride through drug hazed Los Angeles in the late 60's. It was the first of many films that Stone created in the 90's using an almost dream like quality to evoke the feeling of the turbulent times.

Although this picture is not a 100% accurate account of who or what Jim Morrison was it is still very engaging and enjoyable. A good place for someone who is new to the Doors to start.

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