Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer
The Farewell To Middle-earth Issue
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe: Get 12 Issues For £25
Buy the perfect Christmas present this year
Farewell To Middle-earth
Full details of our Peter Jackson-edited issue
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
First Look At Jessica Chastain In Crimson Peak
She's dressed to impress
True Story Trailer Arrives
James Franco has a tale to tell
Bill Murray Will Sing As Baloo For The Jungle Book
He knows the Bare Necessities
New American Sniper Trailer Online
Bradley Cooper shoots to kill
Tak3n Becomes A 12A
Bryan Mills adds 'killing with kindness' to his skills...
Anthony Mackie Will Make A Wish
He's set for a new comedy
Robert Rodriguez Officially Set For Fire And Ice
Sony has bought the project
The Martian Script Goes Interstellar
Exclusive look at Ridley Scott’s space-bound artwork
Podcast #142: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Tim Burton
Featuring The Interview(s)
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
16 December 2014
The BFG Finds Its Sophie
Newcomer Ruby Barnhill lands dream role
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
18 December 2015
Terminator: Genisys
26 June 2015
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
Life Itself (2014)
Empire Star Rating
The Expendables 3 (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Sabotage (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Paranoia (2014)
Empire Star Rating
The Godfather Part II (2014)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

John Milius Documentary Trailer Online
Crazy tales of the gun-nut zen anarchist

08 March 2013  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: The Playlist

submit to reddit

Whatever you might think of his (very dodgy) politics, it's quite clearly the case that any documentary that features writer/director John Milius is immediately made exponentially more entertaining. He's an essential part of Hearts Of Darkness and Easy Riders Raging Bulls, and his making-of and commentary on his own Conan The Barbarian are things of insane majesty. So the news that Milius is now the subject of his own documentary profile is both happy and welcome, and here's a trailer to back up that assertion.

Milius, a difficult kid who became both a voracious bookworm and an accomplished surfer, was refused entry to the Marine Corps because of his chronic asthma. So he wrote instead. One of the movie brat generation along with Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola (all of whom show up in the film, along with Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger and many others), he sold his early screenplays - The Life And Times Of Judge Roy Bean, Jeremiah Johnson etc. - for record amounts. He did uncredited work on Dirty Harry, and wrote the sequel, Magnum Force. And perhaps most famously, transposed Joseph Conrad to Vietnam for Apocalypse Now.

As a director, he put his surf experience to use in the epic Big Wednesday, brought his love of Genghis Khan and Akira Kurosawa to bear in the aforementioned Conan, and pitted Patrick Swayze against those dastardly evil communist Russians in Red Dawn. More recently, he created the BBC/HBO series Rome. He has referred to himself as both a right-wing extremist and a "zen anarchist". John Goodman's Walter Sobchak in the Coens' The Big Lebowski is based on him. He likes guns. A lot.

His mad public persona seems to be as much at the heart of the documentary as his work, and there are gems enough in the trailer - Sam Elliott's "He doesn't write for pussies"; Oliver Stone's "He says what he thinks... but I'm not sure he thinks!" - that the full film can only be a tantalising prospect. It was assembled by Joey Figueroa and Zak Knutson, and makes its debut at the SXSW festival this week.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Mark Ruffalo Dismisses Hulk Film Rumours
Plus Joss Whedon on World War Hulk
David Goyer Enters The Breach
Update: He's now set to direct as well as produce

Your Comments

Awesome dude!
Writing as a soft, liberal, sandal wearing hippy... THIS DOC WILL ROCK! Milius is one of the list heroes of bullish, macho, ott movies. However, you watch Big Wednesday and you'll see how he was also able to write touching, real and highly emotional scenes. It's also the greatest movie about the worlds greatest sport of all time! Hopefully we will also hear from the original Leroy the Masochist - Gary Busey - in the movie... Seriously, cannot wait for this!! More

Posted by leroythemasochist at 13:50 on 08 March 2013 | Report This Post

SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS

SAVE UP TO 69% GET 12 ISSUES FOR ONLY £25
Get the best seat in the house by subscribing to the world's biggest movie magazine today. Save up to 69% and every month you'll get exclusive subscriber-only covers, access to the biggest stars and the best news, reviews and behind-the-scenes reports straight from the set. Click here to find the perfect offer for you


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Watch: Night At The Museum's Cast Share Their Favourite Robin Williams Performance
Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Ben Kingsley pay tribute to the actor

Watch: Jack O'Connell And Luke Treadaway Talk Unbroken
On POWs, panto and how to name your bomber

Review Of 2014: The 15 Best Cameos Of The Year
Our favourite one-scene movie-stealers

8 Things You Can Learn From The BFI's Star Wars Exhibition
The original crawl, a 'grotesque' villain and a very different princess

Review Of The Year: 40 Worst Posters Of 2014
One-sheets that you'd rather not have on your wall

Hobbit Q&As: Ian McKellen On Finally Saying Goodbye And Farewell To Gandalf The Grey
Read our exclusive Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies interviews

Review Of 2014: The Best TV Moments Of The Year
We celebrate the small screen's biggest scenes

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)