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Year: 2009
USA: Abramorama / Rhino Entertainment
UK: The Works UK Distribution
Cast: Members of The Doors (John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, Jim Morrison), Johnny Depp (narrator)
Director: Tom DiCillo
Country: USA
USA & UK: 85 mins
USA Rated: R for some sexual content including references, nudity, drug material and language
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language and drug references
USA Release Date: 9 April 2010 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 2 July 2010 (Limited Release)


Narrated by Johnny Depp, WHEN YOU’RE STRANGE: A FILM ABOUT THE DOORS, is the first feature documentary about The Doors and reveals the band’s untold story. Award-winning writer/director Tom DiCillo’s riveting film uncovers historic, previously unseen footage from the illustrious rock quartet and provides new insight into the revolutionary impact of their music and legacy.

The creative chemistry of four brilliant artists " drummer John Densmore, guitarist Robby Krieger, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, and singer Jim Morrison " made The Doors one of America’s most iconic and influential rock bands.

Using no actors and only footage shot between their formation in 1965 and Morrison’s death in 1971, it follows the band from the corridors of UCLA’s film school, where Manzarek and Morrison met, to the stages of sold-out arenas.

Taking its title from the cabaret-tinged Doors hit “People Are Strange,” the film chronicles the creation of The Doors’ six landmark studio albums in just five years, as well as their electrifying live performances. Rare footage offers an intimate glimpse into their musical collaboration " and their offstage lives. The soundtrack to WHEN YOU’RE STRANGE, featuring classic studio and live tracks from The Doors, has also be released.

From the director

“The Doors’ music is the rock equivalent to film. It has great drama, sex, poetry, and mystery. Their music is for all those who’ve ever felt the cool chill of isolation and oddness in themselves; which in effect is all of us,” says filmmaker DiCillo.

“I first heard The Doors in 1966 as a sophomore in college.” says producer Dick Wolf. “I’m still listening 42 years later and so is my 15-year old son. The Doors will be remembered, and listened to, as long as people have ears.”

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