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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 his assimilation into the Venice Beach culture, followed by his film school days at UCLA; his introduction to his girlfriend Pamela Courson Meg ...
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Overview

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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Special Features

Audio Commentary with Director Oliver Stone; "Jim Morrison: An American Poet in Paris" Original featurette; Deleted scenes; The Doors in L.A.; Theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

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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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/12/2008
  • UPC: 012236100010
  • Original Release: 1991
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:18:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 12,385

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
Kendall Deichen Little Sister
Tim Guinee
Billy Hopkins
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 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
Kelly Leach Birthday Girl
Richard Rutowski
Debbie Falconer John Densmore's Girlfriend
Dennis Ott
Lydia Peterkoch
John Capodice Jerry
Keith Reddin Miami Journalist
Jennifer Tilly
Paul Williams Warhol PR
Technical Credits
Oliver Stone Director, Screenwriter
Steve Arnold Set Decoration/Design
David Brenner Editor
E. Thomas Case Makeup
Nicholas Clainos Executive Producer, 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Best Movie Ever

    This movie is great! it may not be all factual, though most ofit is, but its such a great movie. Val Kilmer is so good in it. He's excellent as Jim Morrison and i thought no other person could do as good of a job as Val. It gives you a good dark story. If your a Doors fan i say BUY THIS MOVIE!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Doors!

    Val Kilmer did an excellen role in playing Jim Morrison!!! praise Val for that......but Oliver Stone did only show Jim in some parts of the movie that he was an all time drunk person....in some parts of the movie..........but it is a great movie overall!! andi love it.....so go out and buy it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rough depiction of the true Jim

    I think this is one of the best movies to ever depict Jim Morrison. Granted there are many who feel that it was a much darker version of the dark star but thats the beauty of it everyone has their own depiction of the Lizard King. while i feel they could have made him a little more fun i feel it captured his appetite for destruction and chaos perfectly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    OLIVER STONE COULDN'T HAVE DONE A WORSE JOB WITH THIS MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Personally, I'm a big Doors fan. I've read all the books that are in print today, and own all the documentary movies that they have out. I even have this movie. But to tell the truth, I only bought it because it was $7. And I only paid that so I could have it, not because I thought it was worth $7. It wasn't worth the DVD it came on. Now... where do I begin? For one, I spent the whole movie laughing. Not because of Val Kilmer's performance, he made a wonderful Jim. But because of the script that he was given. Jim would never put Pamela in a closet and then set it on fire. Sure they fought alot, but there is no record of that ever happening. Also, when they were hanging out with Andy Warhol and the other Doors left Jim there all alone, that would never have happened. Ray even says so himself in his biography LIGHT MY FIRE. Half that book is dedicated to how big of a "bonehead" Oliver Stone is. So to sum it up, I'm not disappointed with the acting, I disappointed with the script and the story line. It was just so unfactual that it is rediculous. I hope that this isn't the only movie that they make about the Doors because Oliver Stone does so little with all there is in the story that it is really disappointing. If you don't beleive me, just read Ray's biography. I'm pretty sure that he would be happy to tell you himself. *~Justin~*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A trip through the 60's with Jim Morrison

    The life and death of the genuis Jim Morrison begaing the film from his youth,the ups and downs of his relationships,the fame and success of his music carear,through the devastating and infamous death he had.Val Kilmer puts on one of his best performances ever from hours of reading,watching,and studing Morrison's every move and even tone of speech is completlly brillant!Take the time to purchus this movie and experiance the good, the bad, and the ugly with one of the most famous song writers/poets Jim Morrison.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best

    This movie was wonderful. It was very informative. It was like reading a book except it was on a screen. Jim Morrison was the greatest poet!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great but of the subject alittle

    ok jim morrison was swept into the music and he died trying to connect and find a way to get closer to it. its not all about drugs. jim morrison was so in touch with art and he wanted to bring it out for everyone else and all the other members of the band knew this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What a trip!

    I was just introduced to the music of the Doors, and as I listened to their greatest hits album, my friend told me a little about the movie. When I found out it was an Oliver Stone movie, I knew I had to see it. I am not a big Val Kilmer fan, but his performance was outstanding! Stone, of course, puts it down! The movie is filled with 60's drug culture, and makes for a truly mind altering experience.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Doors is the story about a band who broke certain rules of rock music

    Starring Val Kilmer, in one of his best performances as the late poet/musician Jim Morrison, the movie is director Oliver Stone's view of what seems to be the shortest, but also one of the most legendary, careers in rock n roll history. The movie not only focuses on Jim's obsession, and eventual flirtation, with death and constant dive into a haze of alcohol and drugs, but of the fustration and pain of his bandmates who witnessed first-hand his on and offstage antics that eventually led to the splintering of the band and also to his tragic and untimely death in 1971. However there is a big gap in the film between his childhood and his days as a film student at UCLA which would have given the audience and Doors fans a better insight of this talented, yet also troubled, artist who, along with his three closest friends, created a sound that would change rock music forever

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2000

    !!!!! A sin not to see!!!!!

    totaly asome and great. Val kilmor was perfect. No one could have played a better role. NO ONE HAVE TO SEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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