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.


Movie Info

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
Directed By:
Written By: Randall Jahnson, Oliver Stone, Ralph L. Thomas, John Randal Johnson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 19, 1997
Runtime:
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Cast


as Jim Morrison

as Pam Courson

as John Densmore

as Ray Manzarek

as Robby Krieger

as Patricia Kennealy

as Paul Rothchild

as Tom Baker

as Bill Siddons

as Andy Warhol

as Young Jim Morrison

as Whiskey Girl

as Film Professor, UCLA...

as Engineer--Last Sessi...

as Little Sister

as Indian in Desert

as Indian in Desert

as Indian in Desert

as Young Man with Pam

as UCLA Student

as UCLA Student

as Blues Singer on Veni...

as Dorothy

as Robby Krieger's Girl...

as Fog Groupie

as Music Manager

as Music Manager's Side...

as Backstage Manager

as Old Crone

as Whiskey Girl

as Whiskey Girl

as Patron at The Whiske...

as Jac Holzman

as Bruce Botnick

as John Densmore's Girl...

as New York Groupie

as Ed Sullivan

as Sullivan's Producer

as CBS Girl Backstage

as Makeup Artist

as Hairdresser at the S...

as Magazine Photographe...

as Edie Sedgwick

as Warhol PR

as Partygoer

as Italian Count

as Warhol Eurosnob

as Warhol Eurosnob

as Warhol Actress

as New York Journalist

as New York Journalist

as New York Journalist

as New York Journalist

as New York Journalist

as New York Journalist

as New York Journalist

as New York Journalist

as New Haven Concert Pr...

as Macing Cop

as New Haven Cop

as New Haven Cop

as Police Lieutenant

as Bartender

as Patron at Barney's

as Hippie at Party

as Girl in Car

as Chuck Vincent

as Girl in Car

as Wicca Priestess

as High Priest

as Indian at the Outdoo...

as Indian at the Outdoo...

as Miami Warm-Up Band

as Birthday Girl

as Miami Promoter

as Miami Attorney

as Miami Cop

as Associate Lawyer

as Secretary

as Office Publicist

as Office P.A

as John Densmore's Girl...

as Miami Journalist

as New York Journalist

as Hairdresser at the S...

as Miami Cop

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. 

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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.

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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.

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Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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