The Doors (1991)

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Critic Consensus: Val Kilmer delivers a powerhouse performance as one of rock's most incendiary figures, but unfortunately, Oliver Stone is unable to shed much light on the circus surrounding the star.

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This Oliver Stone film chronicles the career of the famous '60s rock group, the Doors. Headed by Jim Morrison (Val Kilmer), this film follows the group from their humble beginnings in Los Angeles to the height of their popularity, and through the drug experimentation and abuse that lead to Morrison's death.
Rating:
R (adult situations/language, nudity)
Genre:
Drama
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Studio:
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Cast

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

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (17)

For a while, the obviousness and flat-out vulgarity are sort of entertaining, and it might be possible to enjoy the movie as a camp classic if you could ignore the mean-spiritedness that keeps breaking through.

Full Review… | June 17, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

Hysteria, however skillfully maintained, should never be mistaken for art -- a caution that applies equally to Stone and his subject.

Full Review… | June 17, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

While it has its moments, taken by itself, The Doors amounts to little more than an impressionistic look at a boy and his death wish.

Full Review… | June 17, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Insidiously funny and remarkably truthful about the psychedelic rock scene in the late 1960.

Full Review… | June 17, 2014
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The whole movie is white hot, lapped in honeyed golds, evilly blue and black or drenched in those swoony, fiery reds. The Doors blasts your ears and scorches your eyes.

Full Review… | June 17, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Both a vibrant tribute to rock cult figure Jim Morrison and to the decade in which he flourished.

Full Review… | June 17, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Doors

Jim Morrison: This is the strangest life I've ever known. "The Ultimate Story of Sex, Drugs & Rock 'N' Roll" The Doors is about the best movie I could imagine being made about Jim Morrison and The Doors. Although the film may be named The Doors; it would probably make more sense if it were titled Jim Morrison, because that's really what this film is about. The sad fact is that Jim Morrison was The Doors and although the other three had amazing talent, they always seemed to be left in the shadow of Morrison. This film captures that aspect of the band extremely well.  Oliver Stone attacks the story of Jim Morrison as he would any other story, with the most controversial topics that came up in Morrison's life. Although with Morrison as his subject, it really wasn't too hard to find controversy. Whether it be Morrison experimenting with acid and peyote, getting black out drunk, screwing every girl that came to his concerts, rebelling against authority, or possibly showing his privates at a concert; Jim Morrison is controversy. Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison makes complete sense. Kilmer looks the part and when I say that, I mean it. He looks like Jim Morrison in a way I've only seen from one other biopic and that was Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash in Walk the Line. Kilmer does do a good job in a very complicated and difficult role. The supporting cast fills in around him nicely as well. The Doors is a movie I really enjoyed as a Doors fan. I also love how Oliver Stone created the perfect drug infused, alcoholic, opinionated atmosphere that I would have to believe surrounded Morrison his whole life. If you're a fan of The Doors, this is an absolute must watch. For everyone else, it may still be worth a look, as it is a great music biopic. 

Melvin White
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

A good, psychedelic movie about the band the Doors, Kilmer is good playing Morrison, one of his best roles. I liked this movie.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Oliver Stone's Biopic on The Doors is somewhat an imperfect attempt at telling the story of the legendary rock band of the same name. I say imperfect because most of the events that happen in the film are exaggerated. Some of the original members have claimed that Oliver Stone has ignored their input when they were making the film for his creative liberty. What we have here is a semi fictional biopic with the facts twisted around to make the story seem more dramatic. Some events in the film never did happen. This a film that is a perfect example of what happens when you sacrifice truth for fiction. But I guess it doesn't really matter as long as the film is entertaining. The film is definitely an awesome journey through the 60's. A nostalgic piece of psychedelic rock and peace and love abound in this film as Oliver Stone takes us on an unforgettable journey of the legendary rock band. The cast that he has assembled here is great especially Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison. Kilmer deliver delivers the best performance of his career in The Doors. Val Kilmer did his own vocals for Doors songs and thats one of the high points of the film. Despite the flaws, Kilmer's acting saves this film. This isn't the best biopic on a band, but it definitely isn't the worst. The thing that may be conflicting is the fact that the film focuses more on Jim Morrison than the band itself. As far as I'm concerned, This film should have been titled differently. Besides for Kilmer the rest of cast do a fine job at portraying the real people. Even if it's not 100% accurate, and it's most definitely not, The Doors is still a pretty interesting film to watch and enjoy. I thought the film was good, but flawed, but by no means terrible. Stone is still able to paint a vivid portrait of the 1960's, and succeeds fairly well in doing so. If you're a Doors fan, check this one out. But just remember that Oliver Stone fictionalized most of the story to make this film more dramatic. If it wasn't for Val Kilmer awesome portrayal of Jim Morrison, this film would be a total faillure but it isn't.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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