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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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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 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
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
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
86 min | USA:90 min (Sundance Film Festival)
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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
fantastic for newcomers, decent for the big fans,, 28 April 2010
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

When You're Strange is made up of all archival footage, clips taken from some famous scenes (i.e. Ed Sullivan Show appearance, intro's at the airport, infamous concert) and not-so-famous ones (clips from the rarely seen films Highway and Feast of Friends are seen here), and it's done in what could be called objectively adulatory. That might not make sense, but what Tom DiCillo wants to show is what the Doors were like, the times they were in, and what was up with their frontman, Jim Morrison, who was with the band for five years before dying one night in a bathtub under mysterious circumstances. At the same time as he's giving us the facts via narration read by Johnny Depp, and with the footage, he wants the audience to see what was so unique about the Doors, their strange appeal as rock figures unlike anyone else at the time; there were other hippie-rock bands, and other poets, and other blues bands, but not quite in this combination.

For the newcomers, the documentary basically tells you everything you need to know, or would care to know, about Jim Morrison and the Doors. I mention his name first because, as a liability with the documentary for fans, it doesn't really go that much into the other members' lives at the time. Perhaps DiCillo saw that not a lot of interest was really there with Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore (comparatively to Jim, the documentary might tell us, they were very much normal, save for trading off from acid to meditation), or that Morrison is such a dynamic figure- an icon to some, just another wasted rocker to others- that he'd have to take up the screen time. A similar issue could be taken with Oliver Stone's bio-pic - on the other hand, as the film makes pretty clear, after Morrison died, the Doors were practically bust (the doc fails to mention that the band actually *did* go on to make a couple of albums in the 70's, both huge flops, and cynically tour a few years ago as "The 21st Century Doors", but I digress).

An issue can be taken with nothing too new being given to us historically about the band, and (more-so) that DiCillo frames it into the history we've seen so often: tumultuous times, upheaval of society, Johnson and Nixon's Vietnam and domestic policies, Kennedy and MLK assassinations and Charles Manson and Kent etc etc. But what works best is when we can focus on the band as a whole, what made them different, how they somehow gelled together as equal parts blues, poetry, psychedelia, jazz, rock, whatever, in how they approached the songs (no bass player for one thing) and how they recorded tracks. One of the more fascinating aspects is hearing how long the creative process took; their best albums took mere days to record (self-titled debut and LA Woman) while a mixed-bag of pop-tunes like The Soft Parade took nearly a year.

And in the middle, like a vortex of leather and hair and strikingly handsome (or as some might say "Hawt") lead figure, Jim Morrison takes up a lot of the airtime. He's an intriguing, baffling figure, how a man with such talent and natural charisma, as a singer and a writer, felt insecure about himself and also became "Jimbo" as Manzarek called him, a wild alter-ego on stage that made a split between those who wanted the Doors, and those that wanted to spectacle of "JIM". He doesn't come off too well as a person ultimately, as a philanderer and alcoholic and sometimes just cruel person... but at the end of it all, his creative output with the Doors in a few years amounted to more than some rock bands can get in decades of work. Again, this is nothing too new to realize, and some of the big facts are so well covered as to be like pop-legend. But DiCillo does a thorough job putting it altogether, and, substantively (if not as a visionary experience) it trumps Stone's film.

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