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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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Oliver Stone

Writers:

Randall Jahnson (as J. Randal Johnson), Oliver Stone
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Val Kilmer ... Jim Morrison
Meg Ryan ... Pamela Courson
Kyle MacLachlan ... Ray Manzarek
Frank Whaley ... Robby Krieger
Kevin Dillon ... John Densmore
Michael Wincott ... Paul Rothchild
Michael Madsen ... Tom Baker
Josh Evans Josh Evans ... Bill Siddons
Dennis Burkley ... Dog
Billy Idol ... Cat
Kathleen Quinlan ... Patricia Kennealy
John Densmore ... Engineer - Last Session
Gretchen Becker ... Mom
Jerry Sturm ... Dad
Sean Stone ... Young Jim
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for heavy drug content, and for strong sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les Doors See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$35,183,792
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (analog 70 mm prints)| CDS (digital 35 mm and 70 mm prints)| Dolby SR (analog 35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

"Mr Mojo Risin" is an anagram of "Jim Morrison". See more »

Goofs

When Jim Morrison is chasing Pam around the room, he throws a lamp and knocks a picture partially off. It swings back and forth. A few seconds later, when Pam throws a glass at him from behind a chair, the picture is back up, and only slightly tilted. See more »

Quotes

Jim Morrison: I am the Lizard King. I can do anything.
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Alternate Versions

A special edition of the movie was released in 1997 on laserdisc with additional scenes that were cut from the movie:
  • A scene taking place circa 1965 with Jim Morrison (Kilmer) jamming onstage with Ray's band, adding obscene lyrics to the Van Morrison song "Gloria."
  • 2 additional scenes of a bearded Jim reciting poetry in the recording studio.
  • Additional footage of Jim singing "The Unknown Soldier" at the New Haven concert.
  • A scene of Jim getting roughed up and harrassed in jail by police officers after being arrested at the New Haven concert.
  • Jim in his hotel room with 2 young women and Pam (Meg Ryan) yelling at him from outside.
  • Additional footage in the scene where Jim is on an airplane en route to Miami.
  • Additional scene at the end with Jim and Ray (Kyle Machlachlan) walking around Venice and talking before he departs for Paris.
  • Jim and Pam talking in the airplane en route to Paris.
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Connections

Spoofed in The Simpsons: Krusty Gets Kancelled (1993) See more »

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Carmina Burana
by Carl Orff
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Hmmmm....bad, yet good.
16 October 2001 | by travschwabSee all my reviews

First off, The Doors are my favorite band. EVER. No one can match up to their revolutionary style, their originality, or the music. They are truly THE GREATEST AMERICAN BAND. And one of the most influential bands. EVER. Also one of the most controversial bands. Those are just some of the reasons why The Doors are my fav.

Anyway...the Oliver Stone film is good, but not a spectacular piece of work. I did enjoy watching it and would also recommend it. If you never listened to The Doors or aren't really into them then I think this flick will get you interested in the band and their music. But for the most part the movie seems to focus too much on Morrison and in some parts when it does, it seems fake. For example, when Jim is talking or arguing with his girl he is always taking a line from one of his songs and/or from his poems. If you listened to the music before then you would know what I mean. It seems Stone didn't know what to write so he just borrowed some lines from a song/poem and put them in the script. And the preformance by Kilmer is very good, but not great. It seems as if he's trying too hard to become him and when he does he seems to go overboard. But as a movie this is good. As a biography about Jim Morrison this is mediocre. Even the fellow members of The Doors say Morrison isn't portrayed 100%, saying that the movie just portrayed the bad, drunk, disgusting Morrison and never really showed the good humored, shy, sensitive Morrison.

Well, at least there's still the music.


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