The Doors

The Doors

Oliver Stone (1991)

134min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Although the title would have you believe that this is a biopic of the entire band, we learn next to nothing about Ray Manzarek, John Densmore or Robby Krieger here, as the emphasis is so firmly on the Doors's charismatic, enigmatic frontman Jim Morrison. Unfortunately, co-writer/director Oliver Stone is so preoccupied with exploring the native American influences on Morrison's music and re-creating the sights and sounds of the 1960s that we discover precious little about Morrison either. Val Kilmer does, however, pull off a remarkable impression of the troubled vocalist, although he's more convincing on stage than he is in his drunken, drug-fuelled reveries.

Summary

Biopic charting the rise and fall of Jim Morrison, lead singer of the Doors. As the band rise to fame in the 1960s, Morrison experiments with hallucinogenics and occultism, ultimately descending into alcoholism and addiction before his early death at the age of 27. Directed by Oliver Stone and starring Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan, Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Madsen, Kevin Dillon, Michael Wincott and Frank Whaley.

Cast & Crew

Jim Morrison Val Kilmer
Pamela Courson Meg Ryan
Ray Manzarek Kyle MacLachlan
John Densmore Kevin Dillon
Robby Krieger Frank Whaley
Cat Billy Idol
Dog Dennis Burkley
Bill Siddons Josh Evans
Tom Baker Michael Madsen
Patricia Kennealy Kathleen Quinlan
Engineer, last session John Densmore
Paul Rothchild Michael Wincott
Ed Sullivan Will Jordan
Nico Kristina Fulton
Andy Warhol Crispin Glover
Director Oliver Stone
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Guild Film Distribution LtdGuidance: Contains violence, swearing, drug abuse, sex scenes and nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama