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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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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:

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 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
Hibah Frisina .... additional thanks
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
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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47 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
Definitive history of The Doors from the inside, 30 June 2009
Author: larry-411 from United States

I attended a special screening of the music documentary "When You're Strange: A Film about The Doors" at the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival. This was my 18th screening here and the first to be completely sold out.

Writer/director Tom DiCillo was able to gain access to original footage shot from 1966-71 by Paul Ferrara, a UCLA Film School buddy of flamboyant lead singer Jim Morrison. Those old, grainy films are all that were needed to make this stunning documentary -- no modern-day or additional footage was shot.

The dramatic voice-over was provided by Johnny Depp who, in a statement from DiCillo read prior to the screening, was the one person the filmmakers felt qualified to narrate the movie. It had to be someone with a passion for the music of The Doors, and Depp fit the bill.

With the assistance of the remaining living members, particularly band co-founder and keyboardist Ray Manzarek (who sat in front of me), the film is destined to be the definitive chronicle of the band's history. We finally discover the shocking truth behind the curious myths -- did Morrison really expose his genitals at that infamous Florida concert? Did he fake his own death? "When You're Strange" separates fact from fiction and puts to rest the many rumors surrounding the manic life and untimely death of Jim Morrison. The heretofore secret details behind the making of each amazing album (one took 11 months, another took less than a week) are mind-boggling. Naturally, there's plenty of music. Tons of it.

Like all music docs, the degree to which one connects with the film is directly proportional to one's familiarity with the music and/or artists featured in the production. This certainly applies here. Like some of the thrilling music documentaries I've seen at festivals in the past couple of years ("The U.S. vs. John Lennon," "Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing," "The Wrecking Crew," "Kurt Cobain About a Son"), I put "When You're Strange" right at the top of my list. I was blown away. However, while I walked away feeling that this was an absolutely brilliant film, I have to give it a qualified thumbs up if only because there is no doubt many simply won't have the emotional response that I did. But, for fans of this music, "When You're Strange" is absolutely a must-see.

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