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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.

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

January 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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.

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

November 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
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.

November 8, 2013 Full Review Source:

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

November 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
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.

November 1, 2013 Full Review Source: The List
The List

An engrossing film that will encourage viewers to revisit many of the movies on which he left his mark.

November 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

His friends and fans - clearly upset by his recent stroke - eulogise him to death.

November 1, 2013 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Milius has a twisty, frequently hilarious, and ultimately moving tale to tell, and it rounds up an impressive roster of talking heads to tell it with.

November 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Electric Sheep
Electric Sheep

Entertaining, informative and enjoyably anecdote-heavy trawl through the life and career of writer-director John Milius that clearly illustrates his place in film history and examines why he's such a divisive figure.

October 31, 2013 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

There's fire and firepower a-plenty in this elegiac profile of '70s moviemaking stalwart, John Milius.

October 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Before he became a caricature, Milius personified 70s Hollywood's renegade heart and was airlifted in to supply gonzo energy at key junctures.

October 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian

There's not much we learn about bearded monomaniac John Milius that you couldn't glean from a quick internet trawl.

October 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Structured to fine effect, Milius is both a celebration of one man's unique artistry and a cautionary tale about the propensity for self-destruction.

October 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

While not always penetrating the myths around the man, this is a hugely entertaining look at one of Hollywood's larger than life figures.

October 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Old pals Spielberg, Scorsese, Schrader, Lucas and Coppola pay tribute, before the final reel adds genuine poignancy to the life of this unique storyteller.

October 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

The movie is zippy and funny...and more emotional than the man himself would ever allow it to be. It's a triumph.

March 18, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
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Audience Reviews for Milius

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.
April 25, 2014
Melvin White

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John Milius is a bit of Hollywood legend. People may remember him for controversial film Red Dawn, a somewhat ridiculous anti-communist film that fed on peoples misconceptions that he would later say was a left-wing joke. Nobody bought it though. Probably because he was always quite openly right-wing although he would often claim he was a new-age hippy. Whatever his politics, his films always struck a chord. Dillinger, Conan the Barbarian and the awesome Big Wednesday pushed the boundaries across several genres. You can see his film have been an inspiration and influence in countless successful films that have been made since. He wrote Apocalypse Now! He wrote Dirty Harry, "Do you feel lucky...well do ya?" - that was him, credit due. This documentary is wall to wall with Hollywood's finest, all ready to praise, tell funny stories about and show their love for a great character that Hollywood could use more of.
February 26, 2014

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