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The Doors is a 1991 American biographical film about The '60s'70s rock band The Doors, and in particular the life of its lead singer, Jim Morrison. It was directed by Oliver Stone, and stars Val Kilmer as Morrison and Meg Ryan as Morrison's companion Pamela Courson. The film features Kyle MacLachlan as Ray Manzarek, Frank Whaley as Robby Krieger, Kevin Dillon as John Densmore, and Kathleen Quinlan as Patricia Kennealy.

The film portrays Morrison as the larger-than-life icon of 1960s rock and roll, counterculture, and the drug-using free love hippie lifestyle. But the depiction goes beyond the iconic and into his alcoholism, interest in hallucinogenic drugs, and, particularly, his growing obsession with death.


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  • The '60s: The film is set right in the middle 1960s rock and roll counterculture and the drug-using free love hippie lifestyle.
  • The Alcoholic: There's hardly a scene of Jim without a bottle in hand.
  • Creator Cameo: Oliver Stone appears as an UCLA film professor.
  • Dinner and a Show: We get a good one, complete with infidelity, LSD, celebrities, and a curb-stomped duck.
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Discussed. During Jim's breakdown toward the end, at least two women claim to be pregnant. In one scene, he talks over the matter with Patricia. She wants to keep the baby and raise it ("It would be a genius."), Jim is against raising it ("It would be a monster."). She says she doesn't like "the other fucking thing, either." Although Jim offers to pay for the abortion and support her through it the idea upsets Patricia, although she's so far been shown as a feminist and a practicing white witch (the very women who might have been persecuted for providing abortifacients in the past). The outcome isn't shown, and Jim flies to Paris shortly after.
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  • Humanoid Abomination: A Navajo Indian medicine man that is clearly... not quite human stalks Jim Morrison throughout much of his life. It's implied that he's Death.
  • Magical Native American: The Navajo Indian medicine man that stalks Jim Morrison throughout much of his life seems to be a more literal example than usual, as it's implied that he's actually a personification of Death.
  • Making a Spectacle of Yourself: Pamela Courson wears some blue hippie glasses that really stick out.
  • Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll: It's a Jim Morrison biopic, so all three of them appear in great detail.
  • Vision Quest: Jim Morrison is depicted as having a literal vision quest.

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