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Director: Oliver Stone

Cast: Oliver Stone, Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan, Kyle MacLachlan


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Val Kilmer delivers what was considered one of 1991's best performances as Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone's hallucinatory bio-pic of the seminal 1960s rock group The Doors. Stone cuts a jagged swath through Morrison's life, starting with a childhood memory where Morrison sees an elderly Indian dying by the roadside. It picks up with Morrison's arrival in California and… See more details below


Val Kilmer delivers what was considered one of 1991's best performances as Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone's hallucinatory bio-pic of the seminal 1960s rock group The Doors. Stone cuts a jagged swath through Morrison's life, starting with a childhood memory where Morrison sees an elderly Indian dying by the roadside. It picks up with Morrison's arrival in California and his assimilation into the Venice Beach culture, followed by his film school days at UCLA; his introduction to his girlfriend Pamela Courson (Meg Ryan); his first encounters with Ray Manzarek (Kyle MacLachlan); and the origin of The Doors -- made up of Manzarek, Robby Kreiger (Frank Whaley), and John Densmore (Kevin Dillon). As the fame of The Doors grows, Morrison's obsession with death increases. The band grows weary of Morrison's missed recording sessions and no-shows at concerts. Morrison, meanwhile, sinks deeper into a drug-induced haze, having mystical sexual encounters with Patricia Kennealy (Kathleen Quinlan), an older rock journalist involved with sadomasochism and witchcraft.

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By 1990, the air from the '60s had nearly cleared, leaving two ways to look at The Doors and its frontman Jim Morrison: As an overly serious showman whose self-aggrandizing navel-gazing embodied the elements that would eventually turn back the progress of the '60s counterculture and whose pretensions overwhelmed his talent; or as a martyr for self-expression deserving of worship. For this biopic, Oliver Stone, a self-professed Doors fan, opts decisively for the second approach and his film seldom benefits from the choice. Choosing to portray excess through excess, Stone's film is a dizzying neo-psychedelic hodgepodge that leaps from one symbolically-charged incident to another, and for those not already enamored of Morrison and The Doors it might easily verge into camp. Leaping on top of a car and declaring oneself the Lizard King might appear heroic to some, but to others it just looks silly. That said, Stone, as always, has made an audaciously stylish, visually compelling film and Val Kilmer does a remarkable Morrison impression, both on stage and off. The same can't be said of Meg Ryan in the role of Morrison's common-law wife. She delivers a shrill, grating performance that reaches a nadir during a Thanksgiving incident involving a charred turkey. Though too uneven to recommend without grave reservations, beyond disastrous holiday dinners, The Doors is worth viewing for isolated moments of brilliance such as a visit to Andy Warhol's Factory, presided over by none other than Crispin Glover as Warhol.

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Live / Artisan
Region Code:
Sony PSP

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Val Kilmer Jim Morrison
Meg Ryan Pamela Courson
Kyle MacLachlan Ray Manzarek
Frank Whaley Robby Krieger
Kevin Dillon John Densmore
Billy Idol Cat
Michael Madsen Tom Baker
Kathleen Quinlan Patricia Kennealy
Michael Wincott Paul Rothchild
Dennis Burkley Dog
Josh Evans Bill Siddons
Christina Fulton Nico
Crispin Glover Andy Warhol
Charlie Spradling CBS Girl Backstage
Eric Burdon Backstage Manager
Nick Cassavetes Actor
Kendall Deichen Little Sister
Tim Guinee Actor
Billy Hopkins Actor
Kelly Hu Dorothy
Bernt Kuhlman Warhol Eurosnob
William Kunstler Miami Attorney
Pride in Peril Miami Warm-Up Band
Nellie Red Owl Old Crone
Oliver Stone UCLA Film Professor
Bernie Telsey Young Man with Pam
Brad von Beltz Hippie at Party
John Forristal Bouncer
Leonard Crow Dog Indian at the Outdoor Concert
John Densmore Engineer-Last Session
Gretchen Becker Mom
Jerry Sturm Dad
Sean Stone Young Jim
Floyd "Red Crow" Westerman Shaman
Rion Hunter Indian in Desert
Wes Studi Indian in Desert
Steve Reevis Indian in Desert
Bruce MacVittie UCLA Student
Andrew Lauer UCLA Student
Harmonica Fats Blues Singer on Venice Boardwalk
Josie Bissett Robby Krieger's Girlfriend
Fiona Fog Groupie
Bob Lupone Music Manager
Paul Rothchild Music Manager's Sidekick
Victoria Seeger Whiskey Girl
Debi Mazar Whiskey Girl
Jacqui Bell Whiskey Girl
Sergio Premoli Patron at The Whiskey
Mark Moses Jac Holzman
Frank Military Bruce Botnick
Michele Bronson New York Groupie
Will Jordan Ed Sullivan
Sam Whipple Sullivan's Producer
Lisa Edelstein Makeup Artist
Erik Dellums Hairdresser at the Sullivan Show
Mimi Rogers Magazine Photographer
Jennifer Rubin Edie Sedgwick
Kristina Hare Partygoer
Costas Mandylor Italian Count
Claire Stansfield Warhol Eurosnob
Karina Lombard Warhol Actress
Christopher Lawford New York Journalist
Dani Klein New York Journalist
Laura Esterman New York Journalist
Deborah Lupard New York Journalist
Ashley Stone New York Journalist
Richard B. Rifkin New York Journalist
Chris Boyle New York Journalist
Adrian Scott New York Journalist
Bill Graham New Haven Concert Promoter
Titus Welliver Macing Cop
Eagle-Eye Cherry Roadie
David Allen Brooks Roadie
Danny Sullivan New Haven Cop
Stanley White New Haven Cop
Frank Girardeau Police Lieutenant
Bonnie Bramlett Bartender
Rodney A. Grant Patron at Barney's
Hawthorne James Chuck Vincent
Csynbidium Girl in Car
Cristen Weldon Girl in Car
Patricia Kennealy Wicca Priestess
Davidson Thomson High Priest
Carmella Runnels Indian at the Outdoor Concert
Billy Vera Miami Promoter
Allan Graf Miami Cop
Jack McGee Miami Cop
Alan Manson Judge
Peter Crombie Associate Lawyer
Annie McEnroe Secretary
Tudor Sherrard Office Publicist
Jad Mager Office P.A
Jennifer Tilly Actor
Richard Rutowski Actor
Debbie Falconer John Densmore's Girlfriend
Dennis Ott Actor
Lydia Peterkoch Actor
Keith Reddin Miami Journalist

Technical Credits
Oliver Stone Director,Screenwriter
Steve Arnold Set Decoration/Design
David Brenner Editor
E. Thomas Case Makeup
Nicholas Clainos Executive Producer
Eugene Cornelius Special Effects
Larry Fulton Art Director
Bill Graham Producer
Brian Grazer Executive Producer
Sasha Harari Producer
A. Kitman Ho Producer
Joe Hutshing Editor
John Randal Johnson Screenwriter
Mario Kassar Executive Producer
Gary King Special Effects
Robby Krieger Score Composer
Bill Landrum Choreography
Jacqui Landrum Choreography
Barbara Ling Production Designer
Tod A. Maitland Sound/Sound Designer
Ray Manzarek Score Composer
John M. Norin Makeup
Michael Owens Special Effects
Joseph P. Reidy Associate Producer
Robert Richardson Cinematographer
Cricket Rowland Set Decoration/Design
Marlene Stewart Costumes/Costume Designer
Lisette Thomas Set Decoration/Design
Ralph L. Thomas Screenwriter
Clayton Townsend Associate Producer

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Full-length movie; 16:9 Letterbox version (2.35:1 Ratio); DVD picture quality; English and Spanish Supbtitles


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