Milius – DVD review

A profile of Hollywood’s most maverick screenwriter, as told by Spielberg, Scorsese, Lucas and many others

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Joey Figueroa, Zak Knutson, 2013


The screenwriter has long been the unsung hero of Hollywood: mild-mannered, bookish, hunched over a keyboard. Not John Milius. A burly, brash and bombastic gun-lover, he wielded his pen on the likes of Apocalypse Now, Dirty Harry and Jaws.

Old film school buddies and fellow 1970s movie brats – Spielberg, Scorsese, Lucas – come out in force to recount tales of his maverick ways: pulling out a Magnum during studio negotiations, disdainfully submitting a “revised” draft (execs failed to notice only the colour of the paper had changed). It’s enough to make you long for the days when movie creatives held sway – and possibly for tougher US gun laws.

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