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- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 2 hours, 18 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: February 20, 2001
- Originally Released: 1991
- Label: Lions Gate
- 2-Disc Set
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Single Side - Dual Layer
- Collectors Edition
- Special Edition
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 2.35
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Behind the Scenes
- Making Of
- Alternate Scenes: Deleted Scenes/Outtakes
- Audio Commentary: Oliver Stone - Director
- Bonus Footage: Original Concert Footage
- Documentary: THE ROAD TO EXCESS
- Val Kilmer - Star
- Frank Whaley - Star
- Meg Ryan - Star
- Kyle MacLachlan - Star
- Kevin Dillon - Star
- Kathleen Quinlan - Star
- Oliver Stone - Director
- Robby Krieger - Music
- Patricia Kennealy-Morrison - Featured
- Scene Access
- Interactive Menus
- Production Notes
- Biographies: Cast & Crew
- Essay: CINEMATOGRAPHIC MOMENTS
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Val Kilmer & Meg Ryan|
|Performer:||Kyle MacLachlan, Frank Whaley, Michael Madsen, Billy Idol, Kathleen Quinlan, Kevin Dillon, Mimi Rogers & Michael Wincott|
|Directed by||Oliver Stone|
|Edited by||David Brenner & Joe Hutshing|
|Screenwriting by||Oliver Stone & Randall Jahnson|
|Produced by||A. Kitman Ho, Bill Graham & Sasha Harari|
|Director of Photography:||Robert Richardson|
|Executive Production by||Brian Grazer & Mario Kassar|
Val Kilmer stars as Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone's electrifying profile of the Doors, which takes the group from its inception to its demise with the death of the "Lizard King" in a Paris hotel room in 1971. In the early days of the group's formation, Morrison is at his most benign; he's just a guy hanging out at the beach writing poetry. But soon the Doors' fame begins to spread--with Morrison as the focus of attention. Capable of an eerily correct vocal imitation of Morrison, Kilmer makes manifest the talent and charisma, as well as the confusion and despair, of the complex man who was the focal point of the group. As Morrisson's drug consumption and erratic behavior increase exponentially, the rest of the band--Ray Manzarek (Kyle McLachalan), John Densmore (Kevin Dillon), and Robby Krieger (Frank Whaley)--begins to grow tired of his late arrivals, the increasing number of cancellations, and the drunken recording sessions requiring infinite retakes. But no one can help Morrison as he spirals downward into an inferno of drugs, alcohol, public obscenity, and depression, bringing the music to an untimely close.
Stone's intimate familiarity with SoCal in the 1960s provides the film with a high degree of surface verisimilitude, though the film is as much a tribute to the enduring power of the Doors' music as it is a cautionary tale about the perils of both celebrity and substance abuse.
- Theatrical release date: March 1, 1991.
- Oliver Stone makes a cameo appearance as a UCLA film professor.
- Doors drummer John Densmore appears as a recording engineer.
- The rock group took their name from British author Aldous Huxley's book THE DOORS OF PERCEPTION.
- In 2000 the surviving band members teamed with a variety of singers to rerecord some of the Doors' biggest hits.
- In one scene of the film, Jim Morrison goes to a party at Andy Warhol's factory. Warhol is standing in front of a Roy Lichtenstein painting, and "Heroin" by Nico plays in the background.
- In the film, Morrison is depicted acting out at a Miami concert, where he shouts obscenities and makes lude gestures at the audience. Also in the film, when the band performs "Light My Fire" on the Ed Sullivan show, Morrison makes a point of singing the controversial lyric "...girl we couldn't get much higher..."
Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
Based on 144573 ratings.
INTERESTING MOVIE WITH EMOTIONAL IMPACT.
VAL KILMER'S ROLE IS PLAYED WITH GENUINE AUTHENTICITY. THE OVERALL IMPRESSION LEFT ON MY MIND: HOW FINE TALENT MIXED WITH UNINHIBITED IMPULSES, DRUGS AND ALCOHOL CAN LEAD TO UNSEEMLY TWISTS IN LIFE AND UNTIMELY TURNS OF FORTUNE. IN THE CASE OF JIM MORRISON AND THE DOORS, SOMETHING LIKE A SHOOTING STAR SUDDENLY FELL FROM GOLDEN ORBIT. A BIG MISFORTUNE FOR POP MUSIC HISTORY.
BUT ALMOST ALL THE SCENES ARE EXCITINGLY PRESENTED, AND THE SPIRIT OF THE TIMES ALONG WITH SOME OF THE GROUPS' ESSENTIAL GENIUS ARE CAPTURED. THE MOVIE IS OUTSTANDING ENTERTAINMENT AS A SEQUENTIAL ARRANGEMENT OF MEMORABLE MUSIC AND EVENTS, EVEN THOUGH IT IS SAID THAT SOME OF THE DIRECTOR'S WORK TAKES UNDUE LICENSE WITH ACTUAL FACTS FROM MORRISON'S LIFE.
FAV SCENE--MORRISON AND PATRICIA TOGETHER AS RAIN PUMMELS THE BLUE WINDOW PANES. THE SONG 'END OF THE NIGHT ' OPENS THE SCENE.
LEAST FAV SCENES--THE LAST OR NEAR LAST DOORS CONCERT SHOWN; THE DRUNKEN/DOPED -OUT VOCALS AND STAGE PACING ARE LESS THAN ENJOYABLE EVEN WHEN WATCHED AT NO COST IN THE COMFORTS OF HOME. NOT MORRISON AT HIS BEST. BUT SOME OF MORRISON'S ONSTAGE ANTICS DO ENTERTAIN. THE MOVIE SHOWS MORRISON TO HAVE BEEN A GENUINE POET AS WELL AS A PERFORMER. PERSONALLY, I THINK THAT WAS THE BEST PORTION OF HIS UNIQUE CONTRIBUTION-ALONG WITH HIS VOCAL TONE- AND ELEVATES THE DOORS' WORK BEYOND THE ORDINARY LIMITS OF ROCK GROUPS. HIS POETIC SENSIBILITIES AND RESTLESS EXPRESSIVE URGES WERE A MAJOR CATALYST FOR THE MUSICAL DIVERSITY OF THE DOORS.
ALL THE ACTING IS GOOD AND THE MOVIE HAS DEFINITE IMPACT. THAT SIGNIFICANT IMPACT IS DUE IN PART TO AN EXCELLENT AND WELL-PLOTTED SOUNDTRACK COMPOSED OF DOORS MUSIC. A MEMORABLE MOVIE.