When You're Strange

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Released 2009

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Director:
Tom DiCillo
Released:
2009
Rating:
R
When You're Strange is the Tom DiCillo documentary about The Doors. Composed entirely of original footage and narrated by Johnny Depp, it gives an unfiltered look into the psychedelic and blues rock group, which consisted of Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, John Densmore, and Robby Krieger. In an era where it's generation was struggling with individuality, authenticity, and its use of experimental drugs, the iconic rock group The Doors became the voice and essence of its youth. When You're Strange pays tribute to their music by filtering truth from myth, providing insight through Jim Morrison's poems, and by giving its fans a backstage pass to see how they prepared for their entrancing and hypnotizing shows. When You're Strange delves deep into the hearts and minds of The Doors with exemplary narrative and truly unique film sequences to capture the youth and genius of arguably the greatest band of the 1960's.

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  • 50

    Los Angeles Times

    Distressingly short on creative spark or historical illumination.

  • 30

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Muddled, pretentious assemblage of film clips of the band shot between 1966 and 1971.

  • 30

    Variety

    The Lizard King is a bummer in When You're Strange, Tom DiCillo's disastrously inane documentary ode to reptilian rocker Jim Morrison and his mellower bandmates in the Doors.

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    Documentary, Drama, Music

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    celebrity profiles, exploring history, baby boomers, for women, music and dancing