Doors, The

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Oliver Stone’s homage to 1960s rock group The Doors also doubles as a biography of the group’s late singer, the “Electric Poet” Jim Morrison. The movie follows Morrison from his days as a film student in Los Angeles to his death in Paris, France at age 27 in 1971.

The movie features a tour-de-force performance by Val Kilmer, who not only looks like Jim Morrison’s long-lost twin brother, but also sounds so much like him that he did much of his own singing. It has been written that even the surviving Doors had trouble distinguishing Kilmer’s vocals from Morrison’s originals.

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.” – Los Angeles Times

Whatever reservations one may have about this exhausting, dark-side-of-the-’60s epic, there can be little doubt that Stone has captured a particular, bombs-away brand of rock & roll excess with definitive candor.” – Entertainment Weekly

Stone is not the most subtle of directors, but he has the ability to translate his passion for subject matter (he’s an unabashed admirer of Morrison) to the screen with a strong visual flair. That talent in evidence here.” – Philadelphia Daily News


Awards and nominations
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 1992
Nominated CFCA Award Best Actor – Val Kilmer
MTV Movie Awards 1992
Nominated MTV Movie Award Best Male Performance – Val Kilmer
Moscow International Film Festival 1991
Nominated Golden St. George – Oliver Stone