For over 40 years Val Kilmer, one of Hollywood’s most mercurial and/or misunderstood actors has been documenting his own life and craft through film and video. He has amassed thousands of hours of footage, from 16mm home movies made with his brothers, to time spent in iconic roles for blockbuster movies like Top Gun, The Doors, Tombstone, and Batman Forever. This raw, wildly original and unflinching documentary reveals a life lived to extremes and a heart-filled, sometimes hilarious look at what it means to be an artist and a complex man.

Directed by: Leo Scott Ting Poo
Genres: Documentary,
Production Company: A24, Boardwalk Pictures, IAC Films, Cartel Films, TwainMania, ValArt Ltd, HelMel Studios,

Val - The life you live is the story you tell. - Azwaad Movie Database
  • Release Date: 23-07-2021
  • Runtime: 109 Minutes
  • Popularity: 12.46
  • Vote Count: 91
  • IMDB Rating: 7.1
  • Budget: USD 0
  • Revenue: USD 0
  • Region: United States of America ( US ),
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Photo Name Character
Val Kilmer - Azwaad Movie Database Val Kilmer Self
Jack Kilmer - Azwaad Movie Database Jack Kilmer Self / Narrator
Mercedes Kilmer - Azwaad Movie Database Mercedes Kilmer Self
Joanne Whalley - Azwaad Movie Database Joanne Whalley Self
Kevin Bacon - Azwaad Movie Database Kevin Bacon Self (archive footage)
Sean Penn - Azwaad Movie Database Sean Penn Self (archive footage)
Marlon Brando - Azwaad Movie Database Marlon Brando Self (archive footage)
David Thewlis - Azwaad Movie Database David Thewlis Self (archive footage)
Kurt Russell - Azwaad Movie Database Kurt Russell Self (archive footage)
Tom Cruise - Azwaad Movie Database Tom Cruise Self (archive footage)
Photo Name Department
Val Kilmer-Production Val Kilmer Production (Producer)
Val Kilmer-Crew Val Kilmer Crew (Cinematography)
Jordan Wynn-Production Jordan Wynn Production (Producer)
Lauren Fitzsimmons-Art Lauren Fitzsimmons Art (Production Design)
Brad Koepenick-Production Brad Koepenick Production (Producer)
Andrew Fried-Production Andrew Fried Production (Producer)
Ben Cotner-Production Ben Cotner Production (Executive Producer)
Garth Stevenson-Sound Garth Stevenson Sound (Original Music Composer)
Leo Scott-Directing Leo Scott Directing (Director)
Leo Scott-Editing Leo Scott Editing (Editor)

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The line between fiction and reality is seldom as blurry as when it comes to actor Val Kilmer who, as clichéd as it sounds, is a true chameleon. As consumptive gunslinger Doc Holliday in Tombstone, Kilmer looks for all the world like a man who’s running late for his own funeral. And on The Doors, "He looks so uncannily like Jim Morrison that we feel like this isn't a case of casting, it's a case of possession" (Ebert). As it turns out, Kilmer has apparently held a camcorder in his hand for as long as he was strong enough to lift it, only putting it down in the stretches between "action" and "cut." This footage, spanning 800 hours of footage and 40 years of personal and professional life, is the raw material for Val, an intimate, honest, urgent, bittersweet, optimistic, hopeful documentary. "Now that it's harder to talk, I want to tell my story more than ever," says Kilmer through his son Jack, who narrates the film in the first person. In recent years Kilmer was diagnosed with throat cancer, and although he is currently in remission, his voice has taken the toll of radiation, chemotherapy, and two tracheotomies. Val is not a hagiography but a 'warts and all' portrait that devotes equal attention to the lows as to the highs; among the former none is more painful to watch than Kilmer’s current status as a living relic of himself, making appearances at showings of his more iconic films and signing autographs at comic book conventions; as he puts it, “basically selling my old self, my old career.” On the other hand, it’s a career that sells itself; in addition to the aforementioned The Doors and Tombstone, there’s Top Gun, Thunderheart, Heat, The Ghost and the Darkness, The Salton Sea, Spartan, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, just to name a few (the documentary can’t be accused of selective amnesia, though, revisiting as well the likes of Batman Forever and The Island of Dr. Moreau. All things considered, Val doesn't just preach to the choir; the movie includes home videos, audition tapes, behind-the-scenes stuff, and much more, making it an item of interest to fans of Kilmer, students of acting, and lovers of cinema alike.

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