When You’re Strange

86 minutes 8.3/10 based on 21 votes

When You’re Strange 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.

Said Depp, “Watching the hypnotic, hitherto unreleased footage of Jim, John, Ray and Robby, I felt like I experienced it all through their eyes. As a rock n’ roll documentary, or any kind of documentary for that matter, it simply doesn’t get any better than this. What an honor to have been involved. I am as proud of this as anything I have ever done.”

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.

The film is produced by Wolf Films/Strange Pictures, in association with Rhino Entertainment, and released by Abramorama. Additional credits for When You’re Strange include producers Dick Wolf, John Beug, Jeff Jampol, and Peter Jankowski. The film is written and directed by Tom DiCillo (“Johnny Suede,” “Living in Oblivion”). Narrated by Johnny Depp.

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  • bsi112iui

    Only a trailer ?

    You need to indicate that rather than list this with complete films.

    Dummeresel.

    • Mark Tall

      WE LOVE YOU JIM & THE BAND FOREVER. CLAYBABY69, CALGARY A.B. CANADA AUG 2016

  • pwndecaf

    This is really good, but it is like watching a train wreck. Thrilling, but scary. The Doors are still amazing and the hardships the band endured because of Jim Morrison’s troubles are clear in this doc. “What a shame about Jim.” I imagine that’s what his family and friends heard from others when they found out. Self-destruction comes in many forms.

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