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John Milius

John Milius

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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 Souls" by Aleksandar Hemon features an episode with Milius, who is described as "sitting at a desk sucking on a cigar as long as a walking stick."

In 2013 a documentary about his life, titled Milius, was released.

Writer Nat Segaloff called Milius:

"The best writer of the so-called USC Mafia, a tight-knit group that resuscitated—some say homogenised American cinema in the 1970s... Raised on Ford, Hawks, Lean and Kurosawa, shaped by filmmakers as disparate as Fellini and Delmer Daves, Milius favours history books over comic books, character over special effects, and heroes with roots in reality, time, place and customs. Milius' stories reflect his own deeply held ethic, which embraces the values of tradition, adventure, spiritualism, honour and an intense loyalty to friends... Although he privately chafes at his public image as a gun-toting, liberal baiting provocateur, he allows himself to be painted as such, at times even holding the brush. He plays the Hollywood game like a pro, yet sticks to his own rules; he is a romantic filmmaker who avoids love scenes; his movies contain violence, yet no death in them is without meaning."

Milius himself once said:

"Never compromise excellence. To write for someone else is the biggest mistake that any writer makes. You should be your biggest competitor, your biggest critic, your biggest fan, because you don’t know what anybody else thinks. How arrogant it is to assume that you know the market, that you know what’s popular today [...] Write what you want to see. Because if you don’t, you’re not going to have any true passion in it, and it’s not going to be done with any true artistry."

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John Milius Movies : Filmography

Milius

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Himself

Released: 2013  

A Legacy of Filmmakers: The Early Years of American Zoetrope

A Legacy of Filmmakers: The Early Years of American Zoetrope

Himself

Released: 2004  

An Opera of Violence

An Opera of Violence

Himself

Released: 2003  

Easy Riders, Raging Bulls

Easy Riders, Raging Bulls

Himself

Released: 2003  

Frazetta: Painting with Fire

Frazetta: Painting with Fire

Himself

Released: 2003  

Iron and Beyond

Iron and Beyond

Himself - Director

Released: 2002  

Apocalypse Now Redux

Apocalypse Now Redux

Released: 2001 Rated:

Apocalypse Now Redux

Apocalypse Now Redux

Released: 2001  

Conan Unchained: The Making of 'Conan'

Conan Unchained: The Making of 'Conan'

Himself

Released: 2000  

Rough Riders

Rough Riders

Released: 1997  

The Making Of '1941'

The Making Of '1941'

Released: 1996  

Motorcycle Gang

Motorcycle Gang

Released: 1994  

Clear and Present Danger

Clear and Present Danger

Released: 1994 Rated: PG-13 

Rebel Highway

Rebel Highway

Directing

Released: 1994  

Geronimo: An American Legend

Geronimo: An American Legend

Writing

Released: 1993  

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse

Himself

Released: 1991  

Flight of the Intruder

Flight of the Intruder

Released: 1991  

Farewell to the King

Farewell to the King

Released: 1989 Rated: PG-13 

Extreme Prejudice

Extreme Prejudice

Writing

Released: 1987  

Red Dawn

Red Dawn

Released: 1984 Rated: PG-13 

Uncommon Valor

Uncommon Valor

Released: 1983  

Conan the Barbarian

Conan the Barbarian

Released: 1982 Rated:

Used Cars

Used Cars

Production

Released: 1980 Rated:

1941

1941

Released: 1979 Rated: PG 

Apocalypse Now

Apocalypse Now

Released: 1979 Rated:

Big Wednesday

Big Wednesday

Released: 1978  

The Wind and the Lion

The Wind and the Lion

Released: 1975  

Melvin Purvis G-MAN

Melvin Purvis G-MAN

Writing

Released: 1974  

Magnum Force

Magnum Force

Released: 1973 Rated:

Dillinger

Dillinger

Released: 1973  

The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean

The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean

Released: 1972  

Jeremiah Johnson

Jeremiah Johnson

Released: 1972  

Dirty Harry

Dirty Harry

Writing

Released: 1971 Rated:

Evel Knievel

Evel Knievel

Released: 1971  

Apocalypse Now: The Workprint

Apocalypse Now: The Workprint

Writing

 

Apocalypse Now Redux

Apocalypse Now Redux

Writing

Rated:

The Devil's Eight

The Devil's Eight

Writing