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Milius

  • Documentary
  • Arts
  • 2013
  • Joey Figueroa
  • 103 mins
  • 15

Summary

Documentary portrait of director and screenwriter John Milius. A-list actors and directors offer their take on the man who contributed to the success of films including Apocalypse Now and Conan the Barbarian, and who fell from Hollywood grace thanks to his conservative views.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

He may have been part of the same wave of maverick film-makers that spawned the likes of George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese, but writer/director John Milius has never been afforded the same mainstream recognition. Documentary-makers Joey Figueroa and Zak Knutson go part of the way to explaining why, in this portrait of an outspoken right-wing rebel and his many clashes with studio bosses. Beyond the films he made himself (Dillinger, Conan the Barbarian, Big Wednesday), Milius brought his writing talent - uncredited and credited - to Dirty Harry, Jaws and Apocalypse Now. But his larger-than-life personality was often his undoing, not least after the controversy surrounding the Soviet-baiting Red Dawn. Contemporaries and family members wax lyrical about the Hollywood outsider - recovering from a stroke as this documentary was shot - in an engrossing film that will encourage viewers to revisit many of the movies on which he left his mark.

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Credits

Cast

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John MiliusJohn Milius

Crew

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DirectorJoey Figueroa
DirectorZak Knutson

Details

Theatrical distributor
StudioCanal
Released on
2013-11-01
Formats
Colour
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