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The Doors: When You're Strange (2009)

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A look at the late '60s and early '70s rock band The Doors, including rare exclusive footage.

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Tom DiCillo

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Tom DiCillo
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Cast

Credited cast:
Johnny Depp ... Narrator (voice)
John Densmore ... Himself (archive footage)
Robby Krieger ... Himself (archive footage)
Ray Manzarek ... Himself (archive footage)
Jim Morrison ... Himself (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pam Courson Pam Courson ... Herself (archive footage)
The Doors ... Themselves (archive footage)
Murray Goodman Murray Goodman ... Himself - Judge (archive footage)
Jimi Hendrix ... Himself (archive footage)
Lyndon Baines Johnson ... Himself (archive footage) (as Lyndon Johnson)
Jim Ladd ... Himself (voice)
Paul A. Rothchild Paul A. Rothchild ... Himself (archive footage)
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Storyline

A chronological look at The Doors, focusing on lead singer, Jim Morrison (1943-1971), from the formation of the band in 1965, it's first gigs, and first album, to Morrison's death, after years of alcohol and drug use. Along the journey, we see archival footage of rehearsals, performances, and private moments including a Miami concert resulting in Morrison's arrest and trial for indecency. His love of the spotlight, his desire to be a poet, and his alcohol-fueled mood swings lead to a back and forth between public and private desires, successes, and failures. The band's music plays throughout. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Documentary | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual content including references, nudity, drug material and language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ha idegen vagy - A Doors története See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$66,833, 11 April 2010

Gross USA:

$238,632
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Dolby Digital | DTS (5.1)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Depp, the narrator was also in Dark Shadows and Sweeney Todd which both revolve around music. See more »

Goofs

A mock newspaper clipping announces both that Sharon Tate and her friends have been found murdered and that Charles Manson and his "Family" are suspected. Manson and the "Family" were not identified as the Tate killers until December 1969, more than four months after the murders happened. See more »

Quotes

Jim Morrison: Do you know the warm progress under the stars? Do you know we exist? Have you forgotten the keys to the kingdom? Have you been born yet, and are you alive?
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Connections

Referenced in Special Collector's Edition: La colina de las botas (2011) See more »

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Well worth seeing for Doors fans old and new
15 April 2010 | by chriss-31See all my reviews

Having been a fan for over 20 years, I'm fairly jaded when it comes to bios on the Doors. The new footage and DiCillo's narrative structure offer a truly fresh look at the subject matter, since it's the first time I've really felt I've had an insider's view on the band. Morrison is treated like a real human being, stripped of all the legend and bombast. Instead of the pretentious rock star, you get to see Jim the person evolving over time, with all the joy and suffering that he experienced. There's a shot of him exiting the courtroom in Miami with a look of vulnerability that I found shocking, as it's at odds with image of the cool, cocky singer. The history of the band is subtly told though a wash of images and sparse narration which touch all the milestones without feeling like another retread. It definitely deserves another viewing, consider me a confirmed buyer of the DVD.


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