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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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)  »

Also Known As:

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 cave scene, when Jim wanders out in the New Mexico desert, was shot at the Mitchell Caverns in the East Mojave Preserve in California. According to the tour guide there, Oliver Stone and the art dept. painted Indian petroglyphs at the site that wouldn't wash off. The state fined Stone and banned future film shoots at the caves. See more »


During the San Francisco concert sequence, the shadow of the cameraman is clearly visible on Jim's shirt. See more »


Jim Morrison: Have you ever eaten human flesh?
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Referenced in Bondi Tsunami (2004) See more »


Moonlight Drive
Written by The Doors
Performed by Val Kilmer
Elektra Records
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Great visual film that concentrates on one aspect of a brilliant but troubled rock legend.
23 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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