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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
John Milius
George Lucas
Steven Spielberg.
Directors
Zak Knutson
Joey Figueroa.
Screenwriters
Running Time
101 minutes

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Milius
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Plot
Canvassing a host of movie luminaries, this documentary on the life and career of Apocalypse Now writer John Milius goes looking for the bodies...


Review
Milius

This highly entertaining documentary about Hollywood’s self-styled “zen anarchist” John Milius charts his gung-ho aspirations to join the military (he didn’t plan living past 26), his segue into film via samurai movies and his key works as both writer (Dirty Harry, Jaws’ Indianapolis story, Apocalypse Now) and director (Big Wednesday, Conan The Barbarian, Red Dawn). The talking-heads roster is stellar, the stories couldn’t be more colourful and the less-told tale of his ostracisation from Hollywood is compelling and poignant. It’s a film that serves the legend as well as the truth, and is all the better for it.


Verdict
While not always penetrating the myths around the man, this is a hugely entertaining look at one of Hollywood's larger than life figures.


Reviewed by Ian Freer

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