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The Doors (1991)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jim Morrison
... Pamela Courson
... Ray Manzarek
... Robby Krieger
... John Densmore
... Paul Rothchild
... Tom Baker
Josh Evans ... Bill Siddons
... Dog
... Cat
... Patricia Kennealy
... Engineer - Last Session
... Mom
... Dad
... Young Jim
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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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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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Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

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$35,183,792
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Val Kilmer was reportedly so throughly consumed with portraying the character of Jim Morrison, he had to seek psychiatric assistance to help get "Jim" out of his head. See more »

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Jim Morrison says "Well we're a sullen group, Ed" without moving his lips. It was done deliberately, to allow the audience into Morrison's thoughts for a moment. If he'd said it directly to Ed Sullivan, he would have been thrown out immediately. Instead, the audience is allowed to hear him think it, which lead to the mischief Morrison got up to on live TV. See more »

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Referenced in Wayne's World 2 (1993) See more »

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Ghost Song
Written by Jim Morrison
Performed by The Doors
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A refreshing cinematic breakthrough in an era in which cinema seems all but forgotten!
3 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

This film is truly a gem. The Doors is easily the best film of the rock n' roll genre and at least one of the most important films of its era. Though I am not an Oliver Stone fan I must give credit where it is due. Stone really does a terrific job with this film, and shows what he is capable of when he actually knows about the subject he is attempting to comment on. A few of the scenes in the film are almost exact recreations of actual events. However, the magnificent thing about this film is that it manages to recreate a certain amount of reality while simultaneously realizing that for a film to possess its own vitality it must transcend the preexisting reality, move beyond the surface, beyond everything that is obvious, and express and explore something deeper. Val Kilmer delivers a powerful performance in which he almost seems to be channeling the energy of Jim Morrison, and though I've seen many of Meg Ryan's films this is the only one I can recollect where she does such a good job that she makes you really forget about her and focus on the character. The cinematography of the film by Robert Richardson (Platoon, Wall Street, Born on The Fourth of July, Natural Born Killers, Casino, Bringing out the Dead, and many more) is bold and unique making the film one of the most distinct visual films I've ever seen. This film is truly one of a kind, and breaks through into new cinematic territory, giving priority to the visual aspects of the film in an era where there are so few films that even give much consideration to the single most important aspect of the motion picture. The genius of this film is that it is visual-audio as opposed to audio-visual and is more concerned with expressing something than simply impressing the audience. The Doors is a refreshing cinematic breakthrough in an era in which cinema seems all but forgotten.


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