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The Doors: When You're Strange (2009)

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A look at the late '60s and early '70s rock band The Doors, including rare exclusive footage.

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Tom DiCillo

Writer:

Tom DiCillo
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Cast

Credited cast:
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:
Pam Courson Pam Courson ... Herself (archive footage)
The Doors ... Themselves (archive footage)
Murray Goodman Murray Goodman ... Himself - Judge (archive footage)
Jimi Hendrix ... Himself (archive footage)
Lyndon B. Johnson ... Himself (archive footage) (as Lyndon Johnson)
Jim Ladd ... Himself (voice)
Paul A. Rothchild Paul A. Rothchild ... Himself (archive footage)
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A chronological look at The Doors, focusing on lead singer, Jim Morrison (1943-1971), from the formation of the band in 1965, it's first gigs, and first album, to Morrison's death, after years of alcohol and drug use. Along the journey, we see archival footage of rehearsals, performances, and private moments including a Miami concert resulting in Morrison's arrest and trial for indecency. His love of the spotlight, his desire to be a poet, and his alcohol-fueled mood swings lead to a back and forth between public and private desires, successes, and failures. The band's music plays throughout. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Documentary | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual content including references, nudity, drug material and language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ha idegen vagy - A Doors története See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$66,833, 11 April 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$238,632, 13 June 2010
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Dolby Digital | DTS (5.1)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Depp, the narrator was also in Dark Shadows and Sweeney Todd which both revolve around music. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Narrator: Nothing, he says, is as eternal as poetry and song.
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Connections

Edited from HWY: An American Pastoral (1969) See more »

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Saw it this morning
21 January 2009 | by rtcblcSee all my reviews

I was able to see this at Sundance this morning. What an outstanding film!! By weaving original footage from many sources including takes from a movie Jim Morrison made himself Mr. DiCillo presents an intimate view of all the DOORS in the context of the 60's and early 70's. An intimate look at the complex relationships between Morrison and the other members and hugely entertaining. DiCillo spoke at the end of the movie and during the Q&A's he mentioned one critic accused him of "recreating" footage in the film. The supposed recreated footage was actually Morrisons own film starring himself. This rumor is extremely frustrating to DiCillo as it is spreading via the internet. See for yourself, this is a excellent movie. I asked DiCillo if he had cooperation from Morrison's family. He said he had a lot of help from Morrisons family especially on the relationship between Jim and his father. I hope someone picks it up for distribution. I'd go again.


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