Directed By: Oliver Stone Starring: Meg Ryan Val Kilmer

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Controversial rock star jim morrison'S rise to fame is chronicled in this tragic glimpse into the psychedelic '60s.


Studio Lions Gate
SKU 40158462
UPC 012236115816
UPC 14 00012236115816
Format DVD
Release Date 11/16/2004
Rating Rating
Concert Footage
Essential Cinema
Los Angeles, California
Music (General)
Rock And Roll
Rock Bands
Substance Abuse
Theatrical Release
True Story
Editors Note
Note Covers the period from 1965-1971; Produced and released in 1991.^Val Kilmer stars as Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone's electrifying profile of the Doors, which takes the group from its inception to its demise with the death of the "Lizard King" in a Paris hotel room in 1971. In the early days of the group's formation, Morrison is at his most benign; he's just a guy hanging out at the beach writing poetry. But soon the Doors' fame begins to spread--with Morrison as the focus of attention. Capable of an eerily correct vocal imitation of Morrison, Kilmer makes manifest the talent and charisma, as well as the confusion and despair, of the complex man who was the focal point of the group. As Morrisson's drug consumption and erratic behavior increase exponentially, the rest of the band--Ray Manzarek (Kyle McLachalan), John Densmore (Kevin Dillon), and Robby Krieger (Frank Whaley)--begins to grow tired of his late arrivals, the increasing number of cancellations, and the drunken recording sessions requiring infinite retakes. But no one can help Morrison as he spirals downward into an inferno of drugs, alcohol, public obscenity, and depression, bringing the music to an untimely close.^Stone's intimate familiarity with SoCal in the 1960s provides the film with a high degree of surface verisimilitude, though the film is as much a tribute to the enduring power of the Doors' music as it is a cautionary tale about the perils of both celebrity and substance abuse.
Rolling Stone "...THE DOORS is a thrilling spectacle - the KING KONG of rock movies..." 03/21/1991 p.83-4
New York Times "...Clamorous, reverential, much-larger-than-life....Kilmer captures all of Morrisons's reckless, insinuating appeal..." 03/01/1991 p.C1
Los Angeles Times "...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..." 03/01/1991 p.F1
Total Film "...Val Kilmer is an authentic lead and Meg Ryan supplies credible support as his tortured soulmate..." 05/01/2000 p.110
Oliver Stone
Meg Ryan
Val Kilmer
Cast & Crew
Frank Whaley - Actor
Josie Bissett - Actor
Kathleen Quinlan - Actor
Kevin Dillon - Actor
Kyle MacLachlan - Actor
Meg Ryan - Actor
Michael Madsen - Actor
Mimi Rogers - Actor
Val Kilmer - Actor
Oliver Stone - Director
Robert Richardson - Director of Photography
Jim Morrison - Misic
John Densmore - Music
Bobby Krieger - Music
Ray Manzarek - Music
Sasha Harari - Producer
Bill Graham - Producer
Oliver Stone - Screenplay
Randall Jahnson - Screenplay
Technical Info
Catalog ID 11581
UPC 00012236115816
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 138 minutes
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
MTV Award (1992) Val Kilmer, Nominee, Best Male Performance
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The songs (Morrison) left behind, it is true, are wonderful. Many of them are on the soundtrack of The Doors, which combines Morrison's original vocals and new vocals by Val Kilmer so seamlessly that there is never, not even for a moment, the sensation that Kilmer is not singing everything we hear. That illusion is strengthened by Kilmer's appearance. He looks so uncannily like Jim Morrison that we feel this is not a case of casting, but of possession.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Sensormatic, Special Edition
Product Attributes
Actor Kilmer,Val
Label Artisan Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Joel Siegel, Good Morning America Spectacular filmmaking. Staggering performance by Val Kilmer.
Los Angeles Times One hell of a ride...
Gannett Newspapers The Doors opens the mind, then blows it away.

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