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The Doors (1991)

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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A look at the late '60s and early '70s rock band The Doors, including rare exclusive footage.

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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
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Val Kilmer broke his arm badly when he performed a jump from the stage into the crowd. The stuntman failed to catch him, leaving Kilmer with an abnormal growth on his right elbow. The growth is clearly visible in Heat (1995), when McCauley discovers Shiherlis sleeping in his living room and begins briefing him on their itinerary. See more »

Goofs

When Jim Morrison chases Patricia Kennealy in her apartment, he wears a covering from the waist down. When they both fall on the bed and make love, the covering is gone. See more »

Quotes

Jim Morrison: This is the strangest life I've ever known.
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References The Ten Commandments (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

The Crystal Ship
Written by The Doors
Performed by The Doors with Additional Vocals by Val Kilmer
Elektra Records
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Very insightful movie and excellent performance by Val
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Val Kilmer did a great job portraying Jim Morrison. He brings you into the spiraling life of Jim Morrison and back to the days of sex, drugs, and rock and roll.

Throughout the movie you see what made Jim Morrison tick, and get to hear some great music along the way. The cinematography during his drug induced hallucinations is well done and helps pull you into Morrison;s life. Definitely a movie you can sit and watch more than once and one you can enjoy whatever age you are.

Whether you were a dedicated Mossison fan or have never followed him, this movie is entertaining on it's face. The fact that the movie portrays the real life of a rock and roll legend, makes the movie that much more interesting.


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