When You're Strange: A Film About The Doors


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Film Info
Event Type:Music Documentary
Release Year:2010
Run Time:86 minutes
Production Country:United States
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Tom DiCillo
Cast:Johnny Depp, narrator


“When You’re Strange: A Film About The Doors” uncovers historic and previously unseen footage of the illustrious rock quartet and provides new insight into the revolutionary impact of its music and legacy.

Directed by award-winning writer/director Tom DiCillo and narrated by Johnny Depp, the film is a riveting account of the band’s history and the first feature documentary about them.

The film reveals an intimate perspective on the creative chemistry between drummer John Densmore, guitarist Robby Krieger, keyboardist Ray Manzarek and singer Jim Morrison — four brilliant artists who made The Doors one of America’s most iconic and influential rock bands.

Using footage shot between the band’s 1965 formation and Morrison’s 1971 death, “When You’re Strange” 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 cinéma vérité footage offers an intimate glimpse into their musical collaboration — and their offstage lives.

“When You’re Strange” captures the zeitgeist and fraction of an era while providing insight into who The Doors were, what they became and what they meant to our culture.