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Premium entertainment network EPIX announced today that
Milius, a 90-minute original documentary on controversial filmmaker John Milius, will premiere on
Saturday, January 11, at 8PM ET. The film examines the life story of one of the most influential, thought-provoking and divisive film directors in Hollywood history, as well as his fall from Hollywood grace due to his radical beliefs and behavior.
Milius follows the filmmaker from his childhood aspirations to join the military and his formative years at the USC Film School to his work on landmark films such as
Apocalypse Now, Jaws, Conan theBarbarian, Dirty Harry and
Red Dawn. John Milius was a mentor to many filmmaking greats including George Lucas and Steven Spielberg but, despite his influence, he faced increased opposition from the Hollywood establishment in the wake of the hyper-violent and jingoistic
When it opened in 1984,
Red Dawn was the first film to be released in the United States with an
MPAA rating of
PG-13. At the time,
Red Dawn was considered the most violent film by the
Guinness Book of Records and The National Coalition on Television Violence, which tabulated 134 acts of violence per hour or 2.23 per minute.
The documentary explores whether the persona of “Milius” – the gun slinging, anti-Hollywood conservative – may have completely overshadowed “John,” the acclaimed writer and director. The film also questions whether his final chapter will redefine how the world – and the movie industry – will remember the provocative filmmaker.
Milius includes in-depth interviews with the filmmaker himself, as well as
Francis Ford Coppola,
Matthew Weiner and other actors and filmmakers who either worked with the filmmaker or were influenced by his body of work.
SMELLS LIKE VICTORY: EPIX SALUTES JOHN MILIUS will be an all day tribute to the man and his work featuring the original documentary along with
Apocalypse Now, Red Dawn (’84),
Farewell to the King, Flight of the Intruder and
Full Schedule (all times eastern):
9am - Apocalypse Now11:30am - Red Dawn (1984)1:30pm - Flight of the Intruder3:30pm - Dillinger5:25pm - Apocalypse Now8pm - Milius9:45pm - Red Dawn (1984)11:45pm - Farewell to the King1:45am - Milius3:35am - Flight of the Intruder5:35am - Dillinger