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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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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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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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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

Lisa Edelstein auditioned for the role of Pamela Courson. 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

John Densmore: I don't know if I want to take acid.
Jim Morrison: Relax, it's peyote.
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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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Soundtracks

California Sun
Written by Morris Levy / Henry Glover
Performed by The Rivieras
Published by Windswept Pacific Entertainment Co. d/b/a Longitude Music Co. (BMI)
Courtesy of Epic Records
by Arrangement with Original Sound Entertainment
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Great visual film that concentrates on one aspect of a brilliant but troubled rock legend.
23 September 2005 | by joediducaSee all my reviews

Jim Morrison wrote many of the Doors songs and was a complete drunk by the time he died in 1971. This film depicts Morrison in a very one sided view. Yes he was an alcoholic with a disregard for authority, yes he was on self destruct mode and burnt out quickly reaffirming the James Dean "Live fast Die young" motif. But what is missing from Stone's depiction of him was his great intellect,his absurd humour and his natural talent as a composer and vocalist. However it is a wonderfully visual film that takes the viewers on a hallucinogenic ride through drug hazed Los Angeles in the late 60's. It was the first of many films that Stone created in the 90's using an almost dream like quality to evoke the feeling of the turbulent times.

Although this picture is not a 100% accurate account of who or what Jim Morrison was it is still very engaging and enjoyable. A good place for someone who is new to the Doors to start.


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