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 

1941 Script

Year:1979
Director:Steven Spielberg
Written by:John Milius (Screenplay), Robert Zemeckis (Writer)

Script Synopsis:It's been six days since the attack on Pearl Harbor. Panic grips California, supposedly the next target of the Japanese forces. Everywhere in California, people are suffering from war nerves. Chaos erupts all over the state. An Army Air Corps Captain, a civilian with a deranged sense of Nationalism, civilian defenders, and a Motor Pool crew all end up chasing a Japanese sub planning to attack LA.
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Extreme Prejudice Script

Year:1987
Director:Walter Hill
Written by:John Milius (Story), Fred Rexer (Story), Harry Kleiner (Screenplay), Deric Washburn (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:A Texas Ranger and a ruthless narcotics kingpin - they were childhood friends, now they are adversaries.
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Flight Of The Intruder Script

Year:1991
Director:John Milius

Script Synopsis:After his bombardier is killed, Jake Grafton, a carrier-based Intruder pilot, questions the purpose of Navy bombing missions...
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Conan the Barbarian (1982)

Year:1982
Director:John Milius
Written by:John Milius (Screenplay), Oliver Stone (Screenplay), Edward Summer (Story), Robert E. Howard (Story)

Script Synopsis:A village is attacked by the evil ruler of the Snake Cult, Thulsa Doom and his evil warriors, when Thulsa Doom and his warriors kills his parents, a young boy named Conan is enslaved. Years later, Conan grows up and becomes a mighty warrior and is trained as a fighter. After years as a slave and as a gladiator, Conan is set free. Joined by an archer named Subotai, a beautiful thief whom he falls in love with named Valeria and a Chinese wizard, Conan sets out to rescue King Osric's daughter Yasmina, and get his revenge on Thulsa Doom.
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The Wind and the Lion

Year:1975
Director:John Milius
Written by:John Milius (Writer)

Script Synopsis:At the beginning of the 20th century an American woman is abducted in Morocco by Berbers. The attempts to free her range from diplomatic pressure to military intervention.
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Red Dawn

Year:1984
Director:John Milius
Written by:John Milius (Screenplay), Kevin Reynolds (Screenplay), Kevin Reynolds (Story)

Script Synopsis:It is the mid-1980s. From out of the sky, Soviet and Cuban troops begin landing on the football field of a Colorado high school. In seconds, the paratroops have attacked the school and sent a group of teenagers fleeing into the mountains. Armed only with hunting rifles, pistols and bows and arrows, the teens struggles to survive the bitter winter and Soviet KGB patrols hunting for them.
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Dillinger

Year:1973
Director:John Milius
Written by:John Milius (Writer)

Script Synopsis:The life of American public enemy number one who was shot by the police in 1934.
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Jeremiah Johnson

Year:1972
Director:Sydney Pollack
Written by:Vardis Fisher (Novel), John Milius (Screenplay), Edward Anhalt (Screenplay), David Rayfiel (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:A mountain man who wishes to live the life of a hermit becomes the unwilling object of a long vendetta by Indians when he proves to be the match of their warriors in one-to-one combat on the early frontier.
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The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean

Year:1972
Director:John Huston
Written by:John Milius (Writer)

Script Synopsis:Outlaw and self-appointed lawmaker, Judge Roy Bean, rules over an empty stretch of the West that gradually grows, under his iron fist, into a thriving town, while dispensing his his own quirky brand of frontier justice upon strangers passing by.
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