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The Doors

  • Drama
  • Music
  • 1991
  • Oliver Stone
  • 134 mins
  • 18

Summary

Musical biography of rock legend Jim Morrison, starring Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan and Kyle MacLachlan. California, 1965: 22-year-old Jim Morrison spends his time on the beach writing poetry and taking drugs. He drops out of college with fellow student Ray Manzarek, and with two other musicians they form a band called the Doors.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Jim MorrisonVal Kilmer
Pamela CoursonMeg Ryan
Ray ManzarekKyle MacLachlan
John DensmoreKevin Dillon
Robby KriegerFrank Whaley
CatBilly Idol
DogDennis Burkley
Bill SiddonsJosh Evans
Tom BakerMichael Madsen
Patricia KennealyKathleen Quinlan
Engineer, last sessionJohn Densmore
Paul RothchildMichael Wincott
Ed SullivanWill Jordan
NicoKristina Fulton
Andy WarholCrispin Glover

Crew

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DirectorOliver Stone

Details

Theatrical distributor
Guild Film Distribution Ltd
Released on
1991-04-26
Languages
English
Guidance
Contains violence, swearing, drug abuse, sex scenes and nudity.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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