The Doors

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Released 1991

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Director:
Oliver Stone
Released:
1991
Rating:
R

The Doors is a 1991 biopic directed by Oliver Stone about the popular rock and roll group of the same name. The film chronicles lead singer Jim Morrison's (Val Kilmer) rise to fame and eventual death. The story begins with Jim Morrison as a child and then as a young adult living in California. He immerses himself in the California lifestyle, attends UCLA for film, and meets the original members of The Doors Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger, and John Densmore. The Doors begin gaining a large fan base through performances at the Los Angeles rock club the Whiskey-A-Go-Go and Jim Morrison's off the wall on stage antics. They eventually become a world-wide phenomenon and Jim Morrison spirals further down into self-indulgence, alcohol, and drug abuse. After Morrison is arrested for exposing himself on stage, the band becomes restless and fed up with Morrison's antics. Eventually, Jim Morrison is found dead at the age of 27 and is buried in Paris, France.

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Metacritic Score

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Michael Wilmington

    It's one hell of a ride and a real, roaring rock movie. [01 Mar 1991]

  • 63

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The experience of watching The Doors is not always very pleasant.

  • 50

    Variety

    This $40 million look at Jim Morrison's short, wild ride through a rock idol life is everything one expects from the filmmaker - intense, overblown, riveting, humorless, evocative,...

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Arts, Drama, Music

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Biography, Musicals