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The Doors: When You're Strange -- A look at the late '60s and early '70s rock band The Doors, including rare exclusive footage.

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Tom DiCillo (written by)
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12 May 2010 (USA) See more »
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A look at the late '60s and early '70s rock band The Doors, including rare exclusive footage. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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In The Immortal Words of Jim Morrison "Pretty Cool, Pretty Neat!' See more (33 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Johnny Depp ... Narrator (voice)

John Densmore ... Himself (archive footage)

Robby Krieger ... Himself (archive footage)

Ray Manzarek ... Himself (archive footage)

Jim Morrison ... Himself (archive footage)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
The Doors ... Themselves (archive footage)

Jimi Hendrix ... Himself (archive footage)

Jim Ladd ... Himself (voice)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Janis Joplin ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

John F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Robert F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Martin Luther King ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Elvis Presley ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Ed Sullivan ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Andy Warhol ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Tom DiCillo 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Tom DiCillo (written by)

Produced by
John Beug .... producer
Tim Deluca .... supervising producer (as Tim DeLuca)
Bill Guttentag .... executive producer
Jeff Jampol .... producer (as Jeffrey Jampol)
Peter Jankowski .... producer
Cory Lashever .... associate producer
Dick Wolf .... producer
 
Film Editing by
Micky Blythe 
Kevin Krasny 
 
Production Management
Mark Dragin .... post-production supervisor
 
Sound Department
Chris Carpenter .... sound re-recording mixer
Scott Harber .... production sound mixer
Gary A. Hecker .... foley artist (as Gary Hecker)
Kirk Herzbrun .... assistant sound editor
Babe Hill .... sound: "HWY" & "Feast of Friends"
Jeffrey Kaplan .... dialogue editor
Jeffrey Kaplan .... supervising sound editor
Andy Koyama .... sound re-recording mixer
Mike Marino .... foley mixer
Bill Meadows .... recordist
Alex Parker .... assistant sound editor
Derek Pippert .... foley supervisor
Kyle Rochlin .... foley mixer
Frank Smathers .... supervising effects editor
Jack Snyder .... stage engineer
 
Visual Effects by
Gus Comegys .... graphic design
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Ferrara .... cinematography: archive footage
Paul Ferrara .... director of photography: "HWY" & "Feast of Friends"
 
Editorial Department
Rich Calzada .... additional support: FotoKem
Anna Coker .... additional support: FotoKem
Gus Comegys .... on-line editor
Megan D'Arco .... assistant editor (as Megan Robb)
Timothy Doiron .... additional support: FotoKem
Lukasz Druzynski .... additional support: FotoKem
Andy Gizzarelli .... producer: FotoKem
Jana Lynn Gold .... assistant editor (as Jana Carson)
Robinson Gomez .... additional support: FotoKem
Ryanne Higley .... additional support: FotoKem
Melissa Lichtle .... additional support: FotoKem
Frank Lisciandro .... editor: "HWY" & "Feast of Friends"
Oscar Rene Lozoya II .... editorial assistant
Michael Martinez .... additional support: FotoKem
Jonathan Newkirk .... additional support: FotoKem
Shin W. Peng .... assistant editor (as Shin Peng)
Anthony Purpura .... additional support: FotoKem
Jon Rocke .... additional support: FotoKem
Kostas Theodosiou .... digital intermediate colorist: FotoKem
Erin White .... additional support: FotoKem
Kim Young .... additional support: FotoKem
 
Music Department
Bruce Botnick .... music editor
Bruce Botnick .... music mixer
Bruce Botnick .... music producer
Bruce Botnick .... music recordist
Tom DiCillo .... performer: additional music
The Doors .... music producer
Paul A. Rothchild .... music producer
 
Other crew
William Meny .... assistant to executive producer
Deborah Ricketts .... clearances
Deborah Ricketts .... footage researcher
 
Thanks
Peter Benedek .... additional thanks
Gayle Boulware .... additional thanks
John Branca .... additional thanks (as John Branca Esq.)
Emily Burton .... special thanks
James Burton .... special thanks
Judith Burton .... additional thanks
David Byrnes .... additional thanks (as David Byrnes Esq.)
Joe Carlone .... additional thanks
Pearl Courson .... special thanks
Kristel Crews .... additional thanks
Christi Dembrowski .... additional thanks
Dixie Dunbar .... additional thanks
Dave Dutkowski .... additional thanks
Charlie Engel .... additional thanks
Brittany Erlbaum .... additional thanks
Jason Forman .... additional thanks
Robbie Freeman .... acknowledgment: archival material provided by
Dylan Graham .... special thanks
Sefton Graham .... special thanks
Tristan Graham .... special thanks
Kathleen Hallberg .... additional thanks (as Kathy Halberg Esq.)
Babe Hill .... additional thanks
Lynn Krieger .... special thanks
Murray Lerner .... acknowledgment: "Isle of Wight" directed by
Frank Lisciandro .... additional thanks
Jerry Mandel .... special thanks (as Jerry Mandel Esq.)
Dorothy Manzarek .... special thanks
Anne Morrison-Chewning .... special thanks
Hervé Müller .... acknowledgment: Jim in Paris photographs ©
Lou Reisman .... special thanks (as Lou Reisman Esq.)
Raeanne Rubenstein .... acknowledgment: archival material provided by
Hibah Schweitzer .... additional thanks (as Hibah Frisina)
Danny Sugerman .... additional thanks
Jay Sures .... additional thanks
Randall Wixen .... additional thanks
Keenan Wyatt .... additional thanks
Gilles Yepremian .... acknowledgment: Jim and Pam in Paris photograph ©
 

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Rated R for some sexual content including references, nudity, drug material and language
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86 min | USA:90 min (Sundance Film Festival)
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Factual errors: A mock newspaper clipping announces both that Sharon Tate and her friends have been found murdered and that Charles Manson and his "Family" are suspected. Manson and the "Family" were not identified as the Tate killers until December 1969, more than four months after the murders happened.See more »
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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
In The Immortal Words of Jim Morrison "Pretty Cool, Pretty Neat!', 21 April 2010
Author: Jim Cherry (jymwrite@aol.com) from United States

Man, there's been a lot said about this movie, then there's the word, and the word is, go see When You're Strange.

Not a true documentary in the sense of a Ken Burns style intensive, exhaustive look into a subject, When You're Strange starts with scenes of Jim Morrison's HWY and uses the fictional device of Morrison hearing of his own death in Paris, then we see The Doors story pretty much from the beginning, and moves chronologically through The Doors career. This is The Doors through The Doors' own lens. All the footage derives from HWY and the concert film, Feast of Friends, that The Doors filmed in 1968. Also, included is footage from Ray Manzarek's student films, 60's period footage for context, and there's a lot of previously unseen footage, except for maybe the hardcore collectors.

For years Doors fans have been asking when and where, and if Jim Morrison's HWY and Feast of Friends will be released. Although, this isn't the stand alone films and a lot of the footage has been used before, Ray Manzarek used Feast of Friends footage for MTV videos in the 80's, and the Soft Parade video in 91. HWY has been bootlegged for years and only the fortunate few have seen it (although You Tube expanded this base). This is the movie Doors fans have been asking for. Writer/Director Tom DiCillo (Johnny Suede, Delirious) intricately weaves together HWY and Feast of Friends and provides a narrative the footage has lacked before, and perhaps if Jim Morrison had lived combining the two might have been a solution he might have chosen. DiCillo also makes choices that are a little riskier in presentation. As an example, he doesn't use the songs and the footage as obviously as before, usually, Riders On The Storm is presented with images of thunderclouds and storms, DiCillo chooses images of Vietnamese jungles flowering in explosion.

And the movie looks great! The footage has been restored and it looks as good as it did, if not better than when it was shot 40 years ago. Not only has the film been restored, so has the sound. Things have been pulled from the background you hear things that before were only muttered or obscured by crowd noises. The complete effect of the film is a much more immediate, impressionistic, visceral view of The Doors than before.

Narration for When You're Strange is provided by Johnny Depp and although it is a little basic and simplistic and sometimes a little intrusive there isn't enough expository footage to move the narrative along without adding the intrusion of contemporary or even period interviews. Depp's narration is subtle and understated and his phrasing while not overly dramatic has the timing of the poetic.

A lot of fans and The Doors have been critical of Oliver Stones 1991 movie The Doors (although, I think Stone was using the band as an archetype for the times, in an unstated trilogy of the 60's). The Doors have said they like this movie and I think the fans are going to like it too, and may consider it the definitive version/vision of the band. A good 3.5 stars movie.

You're going to dig this movie.

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