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Milius (2013)

Milius (2013)




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Here is the life story of one of the most influential and controversial film directors in the history of Hollywood, John Milius. From his childhood aspirations to join the military to his formative years at the USC Film School, his legendary work on films such as Apocalypse Now, Jaws, Conan The Barbar-ian, Dirty Harry and Red Dawn, to his ultimate dismissal from Hollywood due to his radical beliefs and controversial behavior.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (2)

Thankfully, Milius is not just a hagiographic portrait of the artist as a crotchety, marginalized dynamo.

Full Review… | January 7, 2014
Village Voice
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With contributions from Coppola, Spielberg and Scorsese, the film does approach Milius with a certain reverence, but it can't disguise the fact that he's a troubling figure.

Full Review… | October 29, 2013
Time Out
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What emerges is the story of an unstoppable storyteller.

Full Review… | November 8, 2013
Shadows on the Wall

A biography of iconic filmmaker John Milius, this engaging documentary features some of the biggest stars of all time talking about their friend who changed the movies forever.

Full Review… | November 8, 2013

The whole thing reeks of cigars, machismo and hubris, its rhythm a relentless percussion of hairy chest pumping and big fat back slapping.

Full Review… | November 4, 2013
Observer [UK]

While there's a lot of love in the air, the filmmakers don't shirk from addressing his more objectionable side - hard line right-wing politics and a love of guns that, he believes, stalled his studio career.

Full Review… | November 1, 2013
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Sam Elliott: He doesn't write for pussies and he doesn't write for women. He writes for men, because he's a man.

"Man. Myth. Legend."

Milius is a very engaging and well made documentary. John Milius is a filmmaker that I didn't know a whole lot about going into this film. I knew he directed Red Dawn and that he wrote Apocalypse Now, but as far as the details this film gets into; I wasn't really aware. Milius is shown in a very respectable way. The film is obviously more positive then negative about the man, but there are instances where, even his friends, will criticize him for the way he would act and some of the decisions he would make.

I happen to love these documentaries that dive into the lives of filmmakers, so my liking of Milius didn't come as much of a surprise for me. Milius is a film I suggest to people who like getting into the behind the scenes workings of filmmaking and who like biographical documentaries of interesting people in general. You don't necessarily have to be a fan of Milius to get a good amount of enjoyment out of the film.

Melvin White

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Very fascinating doc about one of the most memorable figures in Hollywood history, and one of the most talented writers, the man who wrote the USS Indianapolis speech in Jaws as well as Apocalypse Now Dirty Harry and many others, they get so many big names to speak in this doc-Spielberg, Scorsese, Coppola, Zemeckis, Mann, Walter Murch Sam Elliot and many others, very interesting stuff about the making of his movies, I highly recommend for fans of movies about making movies

An epic, revealing doc about the great John Milius, who rose to the top with his grandeur, thought provoking films and eventually landed on the black list at the hands of the judgmental, pompous and personal politics of the film industry. If you love movies, its not to be missed.

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