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UPDATED: Doors' 'When You're Strange' rockumentary out April 9

Johnny Depp narrates film about iconic '60s rock group

Posted: February 17, 2010 5:54 p.m.
Updated: April 6, 2010 3:58 p.m.

"When You're Strange: A Film About The Doors" will receive a theatrical release in select markets on Friday, April 9.

LOS ANGELES - Following a prestigious festival run, "When You're Strange: A Film About The Doors" opens in select markets on Friday, April 9.

The crowd-pleasing documentary has been featured at the Sundance, Berlin, Deauville and San Sebastian Film Festivals and most recently played to sold-out shows at the Santa Barbara Film Festival.

Produced by Wolf Films/Strange Pictures, in association with Rhino Entertainment and released by Abramorama, the 90-minute film is the first feature documentary about The Doors.

"They say if you remember the ‘60s you weren't there," producer Dick Wolf said. "I can state definitively that one of the things I do remember is buying The Doors' first album the day it came out and then listening to it about 10 or 12 times in a row. Both sides. Every song. I've been a fan ever since. This movie is the story of the band but it is also an insight into a moment in time that will never be repeated."

"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's soundtrack, released March 30, features 13 songs chronicling The Doors' six landmark albums, with studio versions of classic tracks mixed with legendary live cuts including performances from "The Ed Sullivan Show" and the Isle of Wight Festival.

"When You're Strange" 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") and narrated by Johnny Depp.


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