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Milius

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4.8 out of 5 stars (42) IMDb 7.5/10

The life story of one of the most influential and controversial film directors in the history of Hollywood, John Milius.

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John Milius, Dennis Aaberg
Runtime:
1 hour, 43 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Documentary
Director Joey Figueroa, Zak Knutson
Starring John Milius, Dennis Aaberg
Supporting actors Peter Bart, Bill Cody, Francis Ford Coppola, Darren Dalton, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Richard Dreyfuss, Clint Eastwood, Sam Elliott, Buzz Feitshans, Harrison Ford, Bob Gale, Molly Glover, Donald F. Glut, John Goodman, Lawrence Gordon, Rorion Gracie, George Hamilton, James Earl Jones
Studio Epix Original
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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I knew a bit about writer/director John Milius but I had no idea how important he was in Hollywood or in the history of film. This documentary drives it home big time.

Here's the scoop. We meet John at a fairly early age and follow him into his teens, through film school and into Hollywood where he turns out to be the right guy in the right place at the right time, until he's the wrong guy in the wrong place at the wrong time.

He was a larger than life human dynamo. His upbringing, and subsequent dissatisfaction with, what he considered a too soft, too pampered atmosphere, propelled him into film school and the need to write, and finally direct, strong, powerful films. And you get back-up on this from friends and fellow directors such as Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas and many others. That he penned some of the heavyweight films of all time is something in itself. But his personal conviction in his vision is what really makes this documentary work.

His uber-machismo posturing was not a front. He loved his guns, motorcycles and surfing. But he brought it to his work. I was beyond inspired when this finished. If everyone had the conviction he had in their work we would be living in a very different world. And all the talking heads interviewed here tell the same story. He was a force to be dealt with. He was going to do things his way. Damn the torpedoes. And when you find out how he doctored scripts in movies for which he never received credit you'll be amazed as well. Sean Connery's better speeches in "The Hunt for Red October" were his.

Again. This is more than a documentary. I hope all who view it are filled with the fire to achieve new heights in whatever is their passion.
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John Milius had the potential to be our generation's John Ford, but recent changes in our country's policies especially after Viet Nam, had no room for his bravado and NRA types were not hip anymore. This is an excellent documentary to let people interested in Cinema know more details about his semi-tragic life. I personally admire the part where he was just working hard to put his kids through school, that says a lot about his heart and soul. A must watch for anybody interested in movies and history of Cinema.
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Although I'd heard of John Milius, after watching the documentary, I felt like I really had a sense of the man.
You gotta love a guy that wants to be paid in "Guns, Girls and Gold."

It was crystal clear by the end of the film that John Milius is one of the best storytellers and writers of our time has been
seriously short-changed by Hollywood. You can't undo the past but what about a well-deserved lifetime achievement award? 🏆🏆🏆
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Excellent documentary. Surprising the number of film scripts he wrote or was asked to fix and the directors he worked with. Responsible for so many iconic one liners. Brilliant writer and outstanding director. Would give it five stars if it was not just a bit too long.
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If your a fan of Milius's work, have in intrest in film making , have an intrest in history , it even an intrest pop culture I can not recommend Milius enough.
This doc goes far to find out what makes him tick. It also educates those who don't realize just how many films or pieces of films (the best pieces btw , ie : the Jaws monolog about the USS Indianapolis ) he wrote!
I love this doc for all the above reasosns, but especially as cinephile with a particular love for films and the film making period of 1967 1980.
He was a staple of the "film brats" who came out of UCLA and USC film schools. Very close buddies with Spielberg, Scorsese, DePalma, Coppola, Lucas and so on.
He was one of the MOST important players in the golden age of 70s film making .
Larger than life , brash , out spoken , deeply loyal to a fault, with an almost incomprehensible ability to write for film. Still hoping his screenplay for Genghis Kahn gets made.
The doc is very moving in its 3rd act . Soni yo7r prone to tears have the kleenex standing by.
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I agree with all the reviewers, and I add my voice asking: When will John Milius receive his Honorary Oscar or his AFI Lifetime Achievement Award? He's got the credentials, and he's got the old friends (Lucas, Spielberg,etc) with the juice to make it happen. Why hasn't it happened already? It is definitely past due.
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By tomcatt on February 16, 2016
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A very good documentary into the life of a filmmaker. He was not as successful as his colleagues ( Lucas or Spielberg ). He created several good films. A great look at the movie business in the 70's & 80's.
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Milius is an American original.

This documentary transported me back to 1975 when I was a student at Rutgers.

Back then I caught a matinee of "Wind and the Lion" at Radio City. I remember being startled it was so contra the prevailing national mood back then, including Candace Bergen in a film celebrating US military intervention to solve an international incident.

Meanwhile like Milius, Theodore Roosevelt is a hero of mine and I was just blown away by Brian Keith's performance, especially what he had to say about the American character. I do believe it's the best characterization of TR ever.

But even then I was less enthralled by the portrayal of gunboat diplomacy (which in this case is historically inaccurate) as any sort of solution, which I continue to believe today.

Meanwhile, fascinating documentary of a fascinating man.
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