John Milius

John Frederick Milius is an American screenwriter, director, and producer of motion pictures. He was one of the writers for the first two Dirty Harry films, received an Academy Award nomination as screenwriter of Apocalypse Now, and wrote and directed The Wind and the Lion, Conan the Barbarian and Red Dawn. He wrote a number of iconic film lines such as "Charlie don't surf" and "I love the smell of napalm in the morning," from Apocalypse Now, and the famous Dirty Harry one-liners delivered by Clint Eastwood, including "Go ahead, make my day" and "Ask yourself one question, 'do I feel lucky?' Well, do you, punk?". Milius also wrote the USS Indianapolis monologue in the film Jaws; the sequence performed by Robert Shaw. After his work on Rough Riders (1997), Milius became an instrumental force in lobbying Congress to award President Theodore Roosevelt the Medal of Honor (posthumously), for acts of conspicuous gallantry while in combat on San Juan Hill. Milius made two films featuring Roosevelt: The Wind and the Lion (where he was played by Brian Keith) and the made-for-TV film Rough Riders (where Tom Berenger took the role). The character of John Milner from the 1973 George Lucas film American Graffiti was inspired by Milius, who was a good friend of Lucas while they were at USC film school. Likewise, the character Walter Sobchak in the 1998 film The Big Lebowski, made by his friends the Coen Brothers, was partly based on Milius. The novella "Blind Jozef Pronek and Dead ...

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Big Wednesday (1978)

Three 1960s California surfers fool around, drift apart and reunite years later to ride epic waves.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Milius
CAST:  Jan-Michael Vincent  •  William Katt  •  Gary Busey  •  Patti D'Arbanville

Three 1960s California surfers fool around, drift apart and reunite years later to ride epic waves.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Milius
CAST:  Jan-Michael Vincent  •  William Katt  •  Gary Busey  •  Patti D'Arbanville

Conan the Barbarian (1982)

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A film adaptation of the classic sword and sorcery hero, Conan the Barbarian. A horde of rampaging warriors massacre the parents of young Conan and enslave the young child for years on The Wheel of Pain. As the sole survivor of the childhood massacre, Conan is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Milius
CAST:  Arnold Schwarzenegger  •  James Earl Jones  •  Max von Sydow  •  Sandahl Bergman

A film adaptation of the classic sword and sorcery hero, Conan the Barbarian. A horde of rampaging warriors massacre the parents of young Conan and enslave the young child for years on The Wheel of Pain. As the sole survivor of the childhood massacre, Conan is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Milius
CAST:  Arnold Schwarzenegger  •  James Earl Jones  •  Max von Sydow  •  Sandahl Bergman

Farewell to the King (1989)

An American soldier who escapes the execution of his comrades by Japanese soldiers in Borneo during WWII becomes the leader of a personal empire among the headhunters in this war story told in the style of Joseph Conrad and Rudyard Kipling. The American is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Milius
CAST:  Nigel Havers  •  Frank McRae  •  Gerry Lopez  •  Nick Nolte

An American soldier who escapes the execution of his comrades by Japanese soldiers in Borneo during WWII becomes the leader of a personal empire among the headhunters in this war story told in the style of Joseph Conrad and Rudyard Kipling. The American is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Milius
CAST:  Nigel Havers  •  Frank McRae  •  Gerry Lopez  •  Nick Nolte

Flight of the Intruder (1991)

U.S. Navy pilot Lt. Jake Grafton and his bombardier buddy, Lt. Cmdr. Virgil Cole, are two soldiers embedded in the Vietnam War growing frustrated by the military's constraints on their missions. Despite the best efforts of their commanding officer, Cmdr. Frank ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Milius
CAST:  Danny Glover  •  Willem Dafoe  •  Brad Johnson  •  Rosanna Arquette

U.S. Navy pilot Lt. Jake Grafton and his bombardier buddy, Lt. Cmdr. Virgil Cole, are two soldiers embedded in the Vietnam War growing frustrated by the military's constraints on their missions. Despite the best efforts of their commanding officer, Cmdr. Frank ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Milius
CAST:  Danny Glover  •  Willem Dafoe  •  Brad Johnson  •  Rosanna Arquette

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)

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A chronicle of the production problems — including bad weather, actors' health, war near the filming locations, and more — which plagued the filming of Apocalypse Now, increasing costs and nearly destroying the life and career of Francis Ford Coppola.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Hickenlooper  •  Eleanor Coppola  •  Fax Bahr
CAST:  Francis Ford Coppola  •  Eleanor Coppola  •  John Milius  •  George Lucas

A chronicle of the production problems — including bad weather, actors' health, war near the filming locations, and more — which plagued the filming of Apocalypse Now, increasing costs and nearly destroying the life and career of Francis Ford Coppola.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Hickenlooper  •  Eleanor Coppola  •  Fax Bahr
CAST:  Francis Ford Coppola  •  Eleanor Coppola  •  John Milius  •  George Lucas

Red Dawn (1984)

It is the dawn of World War III. In mid-western America, a group of teenagers band together to defend their town—and their country—from invading Soviet forces.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Milius
CAST:  Patrick Swayze  •  C. Thomas Howell  •  Lea Thompson  •  Darren Dalton

It is the dawn of World War III. In mid-western America, a group of teenagers band together to defend their town—and their country—from invading Soviet forces.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Milius
CAST:  Patrick Swayze  •  C. Thomas Howell  •  Lea Thompson  •  Darren Dalton

The Wind and the Lion (1975)

At the beginning of the 20th century an American woman is abducted in Morocco by Berbers, and the attempts to free her range from diplomatic pressure to military intervention.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Milius
CAST:  Sean Connery  •  Candice Bergen  •  Brian Keith  •  John Huston

At the beginning of the 20th century an American woman is abducted in Morocco by Berbers, and the attempts to free her range from diplomatic pressure to military intervention.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Milius
CAST:  Sean Connery  •  Candice Bergen  •  Brian Keith  •  John Huston

Dillinger (1973)

After a shoot-out kills five FBI agents in Kansas City the Bureau target John Dillinger as one of the men to hunt down. Waiting for him to break Federal law they sort out several other mobsters, while Dillinger's bank robbing exploits make him something of a folk ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Milius
CAST:  Warren Oates  •  Ben Johnson  •  Michelle Phillips  •  Cloris Leachman

After a shoot-out kills five FBI agents in Kansas City the Bureau target John Dillinger as one of the men to hunt down. Waiting for him to break Federal law they sort out several other mobsters, while Dillinger's bank robbing exploits make him something of a folk ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Milius
CAST:  Warren Oates  •  Ben Johnson  •  Michelle Phillips  •  Cloris Leachman

Milius (2013)

The life story of ‘Zen Anarchist’ filmmaker John Milius, one of the most influential storytellers of his generation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joey Figueroa  •  Zak Knutson
CAST:  John Milius  •  Steven Spielberg  •  George Lucas  •  Harrison Ford

The life story of ‘Zen Anarchist’ filmmaker John Milius, one of the most influential storytellers of his generation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joey Figueroa  •  Zak Knutson
CAST:  John Milius  •  Steven Spielberg  •  George Lucas  •  Harrison Ford

Deadhead Miles (1972)

Alan Arkin, dressed like a sea captain, aimlessly sails the American highways in his 18 wheeler mumbling manic, southern accented non sequiturs; carnivalizing roadside stops and happenstance towns while out-wierding cops and weigh stations with his new cryptic, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vernon Zimmerman
CAST:  Alan Arkin  •  Paul Benedict  •  Charles Durning  •  Héctor Elizondo

Alan Arkin, dressed like a sea captain, aimlessly sails the American highways in his 18 wheeler mumbling manic, southern accented non sequiturs; carnivalizing roadside stops and happenstance towns while out-wierding cops and weigh stations with his new cryptic, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vernon Zimmerman
CAST:  Alan Arkin  •  Paul Benedict  •  Charles Durning  •  Héctor Elizondo

Frazetta: Painting with Fire (2003)

A documentary on the life of painter Frank Frazetta, who revolutionized science fiction, fantasy and comic art with breathtaking realistic paintings of fantastic heroes, most famously Conan the Barbarian.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lance Laspina
CAST:  Frank Frazetta  •  Forrest J. Ackerman  •  Bo Derek  •  Kevin Eastman

A documentary on the life of painter Frank Frazetta, who revolutionized science fiction, fantasy and comic art with breathtaking realistic paintings of fantastic heroes, most famously Conan the Barbarian.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lance Laspina
CAST:  Frank Frazetta  •  Forrest J. Ackerman  •  Bo Derek  •  Kevin Eastman

Crazy Mama (1975)

Melba Stokes, her mother Sheba and daughter Cheryl embark on a crime spree after their California beauty parlor is repossessed. Their destination is Arkansas, where the three generations of women want to reclaim the family farm.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Cloris Leachman  •  Stuart Whitman  •  Ann Sothern  •  Jim Backus

Melba Stokes, her mother Sheba and daughter Cheryl embark on a crime spree after their California beauty parlor is repossessed. Their destination is Arkansas, where the three generations of women want to reclaim the family farm.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Cloris Leachman  •  Stuart Whitman  •  Ann Sothern  •  Jim Backus

Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood (2003)

A look at 1970s Hollywood when it was known as New Hollywood, and the director was the star of the movie.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kenneth Bowser
CAST:  Dennis Hopper  •  Peter Bogdanovich  •  William H. Macy  •  Paul Schrader

A look at 1970s Hollywood when it was known as New Hollywood, and the director was the star of the movie.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kenneth Bowser
CAST:  Dennis Hopper  •  Peter Bogdanovich  •  William H. Macy  •  Paul Schrader

Motorcycle Gang (1994)

Cal and his family are driving to their new home in California and are terrorized by a motorcycle gang along the highway.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Milius
CAST:  Carla Gugino  •  Jake Busey  •  Gerald McRaney  •  Dawn Cody

Cal and his family are driving to their new home in California and are terrorized by a motorcycle gang along the highway.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Milius
CAST:  Carla Gugino  •  Jake Busey  •  Gerald McRaney  •  Dawn Cody

The Lion Roars Again (1975)

A chronicle of the 1975 International Press Conclave hosted by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer over two days in May 1975.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Haley Jr.
CAST:  Michael Anderson  •  Fred Astaire  •  Army Archerd  •  Francis Ford Coppola

A chronicle of the 1975 International Press Conclave hosted by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer over two days in May 1975.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Haley Jr.
CAST:  Michael Anderson  •  Fred Astaire  •  Army Archerd  •  Francis Ford Coppola

A Legacy of Filmmakers: The Early Years of American Zoetrope (2004)

A fascinating chronicle of the birth and rise of the radically different independent studio founded by director Francis Ford Coppola.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  Richard Dreyfuss  •  Robert Dalva  •  Francis Ford Coppola  •  Steven Spielberg

A fascinating chronicle of the birth and rise of the radically different independent studio founded by director Francis Ford Coppola.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Leva
CAST:  Richard Dreyfuss  •  Robert Dalva  •  Francis Ford Coppola  •  Steven Spielberg

Iron and Beyond (2002)

This short documentary explores just how the film Pumping Iron revolutionized the fitness industry and created an international icon in Arnold Schwarzenegger. It also touches on what Hollywood's idea of an action star was and is.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dave McVeigh  •  Scott McVeigh
CAST:  Clint Eastwood  •  Sylvester Stallone  •  John Milius  •  James Cameron

This short documentary explores just how the film Pumping Iron revolutionized the fitness industry and created an international icon in Arnold Schwarzenegger. It also touches on what Hollywood's idea of an action star was and is.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dave McVeigh  •  Scott McVeigh
CAST:  Clint Eastwood  •  Sylvester Stallone  •  John Milius  •  James Cameron

Sword-and-Sandal (2019)

The silent cinema had already created colossal movies based on ancient civilizations, but it is in the 1950s when peplums reach their apogee in Hollywood. Then, peplums take root at Cinecittà studios, in Rome, where cheap cinema is produced with bodybuilders as ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jérôme Korkikian
CAST:  Julien Bocher  •  Hervé Lacroix  •  Romain Debord  •  Douglas Wick

The silent cinema had already created colossal movies based on ancient civilizations, but it is in the 1950s when peplums reach their apogee in Hollywood. Then, peplums take root at Cinecittà studios, in Rome, where cheap cinema is produced with bodybuilders as ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jérôme Korkikian
CAST:  Julien Bocher  •  Hervé Lacroix  •  Romain Debord  •  Douglas Wick

Mackendrick: The Man Who Walked Away (1986)

This 1986 documentary features interviews with director Alexander Mackendrick, actor Burt Lancaster, producer James Hill, and others.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dermot McQuarrie
CAST:  Burt Lancaster  •  John Milius  •  Alexander Mackendrick  •  Gordon Jackson

This 1986 documentary features interviews with director Alexander Mackendrick, actor Burt Lancaster, producer James Hill, and others.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dermot McQuarrie
CAST:  Burt Lancaster  •  John Milius  •  Alexander Mackendrick  •  Gordon Jackson

The Making Of '1941' (1996)

A non-narrated documentary, told mainly in interviews with the filmmakers, on the making of the cult comedy classic, featuring outtakes, rare behind-the-scenes home movies, and trivia facts.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Laurent Bouzereau
CAST:  Steven Spielberg  •  John Milius  •  Robert Zemeckis  •  Bob Gale

A non-narrated documentary, told mainly in interviews with the filmmakers, on the making of the cult comedy classic, featuring outtakes, rare behind-the-scenes home movies, and trivia facts.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Laurent Bouzereau
CAST:  Steven Spielberg  •  John Milius  •  Robert Zemeckis  •  Bob Gale
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