Combustible Celluloid
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With: Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan, Kathleen Quinlan, Kyle MacLachlan, Frank Whaley, Kevin Dillon, Michael Madsen, Michael Wincott, Josh Evans, Dennis Burkley, Billy Idol, Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman, Wes Studi, Kelly Hu, Eric Burdon, Debi Mazar, Mimi Rogers, Jennifer Rubin, Costas Mandylor, Christina Fulton, Crispin Glover
Written by: J. Randal Johnson, Oliver Stone
Directed by: Oliver Stone
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 138
Date: 02/23/1991

The Doors (1991)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Break On Through

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Val Kilmer gives an amazing, almost pathologically correct performance in Oliver Stone's excessive but highly enjoyable biopic about Jim Morrison. Unlike other biopics, he even sings! Some of the biopic formula has been overused in the years since, and some of the cast (Kyle MacLachlan, Meg Ryan) doesn't seem quite right, but for once Stone's overblown, borderline lunatic direction perfectly fits his subject. The Doors was overshadowed later that year by Stone's JFK, but I like this one much better. Look for Christina Fulton as Nico and Crispin Glover as Andy Warhol. Artisan released an amazing two-DVD set in 2000, complete with 43 more minutes of footage(!), a Stone commentary track and lots of other featurettes. A friend of mine was an extra in the audience at the Warfield Theater.

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