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Here is the life story of one of the most influential and controversial film directors in the history of Hollywood, John Milius. From his childhood aspirations to join the military to his formative years at the USC Film School, his legendary work on films such as Apocalypse Now, Jaws, Conan The Barbar-ian, Dirty Harry and Red Dawn, to his ultimate dismissal from Hollywood due to his radical beliefs and controversial behavior.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Thankfully, Milius is not just a hagiographic portrait of the artist as a crotchety, marginalized dynamo."
‑ Simon Abrams, Village Voice
"A biography of iconic filmmaker John Milius, this engaging documentary features some of the biggest stars of all time talking about their friend who changed the movies forever."
‑ Rich Cline,
"An engrossing film that will encourage viewers to revisit many of the movies on which he left his mark."
‑ Terry Staunton, Radio Times
"Entertaining, informative and enjoyably anecdote-heavy trawl through the life and career of writer-director John Milius that clearly illustrates his place in film history and examines why he's such a divisive figure."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"There's not much we learn about bearded monomaniac John Milius that you couldn't glean from a quick internet trawl."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"With contributions from Coppola, Spielberg and Scorsese, the film does approach Milius with a certain reverence, but it can't disguise the fact that he's a troubling figure."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"The whole thing reeks of cigars, machismo and hubris, its rhythm a relentless percussion of hairy chest pumping and big fat back slapping."
‑ Catherine Shoard, Observer [UK]
"His friends and fans - clearly upset by his recent stroke - eulogise him to death."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"There's fire and firepower a-plenty in this elegiac profile of '70s moviemaking stalwart, John Milius."
‑ Adam Lee Davies, Little White Lies
"Structured to fine effect, Milius is both a celebration of one man's unique artistry and a cautionary tale about the propensity for self-destruction."
‑ Ben Rawson-Jones, Digital Spy
"What emerges is the story of an unstoppable storyteller."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"While there's a lot of love in the air, the filmmakers don't shirk from addressing his more objectionable side - hard line right-wing politics and a love of guns that, he believes, stalled his studio career."
‑ James Mottram, The List
"Milius has a twisty, frequently hilarious, and ultimately moving tale to tell, and it rounds up an impressive roster of talking heads to tell it with."
‑ Mark Stafford, Electric Sheep
"Before he became a caricature, Milius personified 70s Hollywood's renegade heart and was airlifted in to supply gonzo energy at key junctures."
‑ Phil Hoad, Guardian [UK]
"While not always penetrating the myths around the man, this is a hugely entertaining look at one of Hollywood's larger than life figures."
‑ Ian Freer, Empire Magazine
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