John Milius Film Scripts

 

John Milius is a true Hollywood legend; a rare screenwriter whose notoriety is due not only to his work, but his flamboyant, eccentric personality, which inspired the Coen Brothers to create the character of Walter in The Big Lebowski.

Milius’ story is an atypical one since the beginning. As a teenager, he was a mixture of a delinquent and an avid reader who at one point tried to enlist the Marines. Feeling devastated after his rejection, he decided to study film at the USC after discovering Kurosawa’s films. College would mark the beginning of a long friendship with George Lucas.

Like many other screenwriters, he had to write several low-profile screenplays before truly earning a reputation, a process in which his colourful personality proved to be more than helpful –he requested a gun as part of the payment for rewriting Dirty Harry, and claimed that the iconic “I love the smell of Napalm by the morning” line came to him in a dream. Robert Shaw’s famous Indianapolis speech in Jaws was also originally written by Milius.

There are endless anecdotes about this unique screenwriter who defines himself as a “Zen Anarchist” and a sort of Hollywood deviant. After serious financial difficulties in the early 2000’s, his career relived when he found a niche in TV screenwriting and co-created the HBO series Rome.  

List of John Milius Scripts:

(1971) Dirty Harry (uncredited)

(1972) Jeremiah Jonson

(1972) The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean

(1973) Dillinger

(1973) Magnum Force

(1975) The Wind and the Lion

(1978) Big Wednesday

(1979) Apocalypse Now

(1979) 1941

(1982) Conan the Barbarian

(1984) Red Dawn

(1987) Extreme Prejudice (story)

(1989) Farewell to the King

(1991) Flight of the Intruder

(1994) Clear and Present Danger 

Star Wars Scripts

The most successful franchise ever, George Lucas’ Star Wars:


Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Star Wars: The Clone Wars

More American Graffiti Script

Year:1979
Director:Bill L. Norton
Written by:Bill L. Norton (Writer), George Lucas (Characters), Gloria Katz (Characters), Willard Huyck (Characters)

Script Synopsis:College graduates deal with Vietnam and other issues of the late '60s.
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Radioland Murders Script

Year:1994
Director:Mel Smith
Written by:George Lucas (Story), Willard Huyck (Screenplay), Gloria Katz (Screenplay), Jeff Reno (Screenplay), Ron Osborn (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:Screwball comedy and whodunit murder mystery set in the frenzied and murderous world of a 1939 radio station. On the night that the Chicago station goes live on the air, a mysterious voice interrupts, and a series of murders soon follows, each one described by the same sonorous phantom.
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The Empire Strikes Back

Year:1980
Director:Irvin Kershner
Written by:Leigh Brackett (Screenplay), Lawrence Kasdan (Screenplay), George Lucas (Story)

Script Synopsis:The epic saga continues as Luke Skywalker, in hopes of defeating the evil Galactic Empire, learns the ways of the Jedi from aging master Yoda. But Darth Vader is more determined than ever to capture Luke. Meanwhile, rebel leader Princess Leia, cocky Han Solo, Chewbacca, and droids C-3PO and R2-D2 are thrown into various stages of capture, betrayal and despair.
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Return of the Jedi

Year:1983
Director:Richard Marquand
Written by:Lawrence Kasdan (Screenplay), George Lucas (Screenplay), George Lucas (Story)

Script Synopsis:As Rebel leaders map their strategy for an all-out attack on the Emperor's newer, bigger Death Star. Han Solo remains frozen in the cavernous desert fortress of Jabba the Hutt, the most loathsome outlaw in the universe, who is also keeping Princess Leia as a slave girl. Now a master of the Force, Luke Skywalker rescues his friends, but he cannot become a true Jedi Knight until he wages his own crucial battle against Darth Vader, who has sworn to win Luke over to the dark side of the Force.
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Revenge of the Sith

Year:2005
Director:George Lucas
Written by:George Lucas (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:Three years after the onset of the Clone Wars, the Jedi Knights have been leading the clone army into a galaxy-wide war against the Separatists. Only by embracing the Dark Side can Anakin Skywalker end the war and -- he believes -- save the woman he loves.
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THX 1138

Year:1971
Director:George Lucas
Written by:George Lucas (Screenplay), Walter Murch (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:People in the future live in a totalitarian society. A technician named THX 1138 lives a mundane life between work and taking a controlled consumption of drugs that the government uses to make puppets out of people. As THX is without drugs for the first time he has feelings for a woman and they start a secret relationship. The first film from George Lucas.
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Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

Year:1999
Director:George Lucas
Written by:George Lucas (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:Stranded on the desert planet Tatooine after rescuing young Queen Amidala from the impending invasion of Naboo, Jedi apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Jedi Master discover nine-year-old Anakin Skywalker, a young slave unusually strong in the Force.
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Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

Year:2002
Director:George Lucas
Written by:Jonathan Hales (Screenplay), George Lucas (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:Ten years after the events of the Battle of Naboo, the galaxy has undergone significant changes. Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi are assigned to protect Padmé from political separatists. As relationships form and powerful forces collide, these heroes face choices that will impact the destiny of the Republic.
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