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Morrison Land, The Movie

Morrison Land is based on the true-life story of Cliff Morrison, Lisa Walsh, and Floyd Bocox.

WGA Registration #: 1670664


Synopsis

Cliff Marston grows up thinking the father he never knew died in Vietnam. When he begins his own military service, his mother Lorraine tells him the truth: he is really the son of Jim Morrison, Rock & Roll's archetypal god. Cliff is the product of a passionate, magical romance.

After hearing the news, Cliff transforms as if by religious conversion into Cliff Morrison. Immediately, he begins channeling his father's musical fame and self-destruction. Cliff attracts attention and support from Jim's brother-in-law, Alan Graham, tours Europe with ex-Mafia boss Michael Franzese, and writes songs with Carnegie-Mellon scion Matthew Mellon. Eventually, Waylon Krieger — the son of The Doors guitarist, Robby Krieger — joins Cliff's band.

Next, Cliff briefly marries Marlon Brando's niece. After their divorce, he seduces a married mother of two, Lisa Walsh. He tears apart her New Jersey family, falls in love with her, and later has a child by her. Throughout it all, Cliff does excessive amounts of LSD, heroin, and alcohol. His behavior antagonizes those around him and eventually repels almost everyone who befriends him. Only Lisa and Lorraine remain loyal.

Cliff Marston

When almost all is lost, Floyd Bocox, a local entrepreneur with dreams of national and international scale (and plans to make them happen), takes over Cliff's management. Floyd puts up the money to create and fund Lizard Sun Entertainment, thereby supporting Cliff and his mother, restructuring the band, and funding the creation of the new Lizard Sun Band. Floyd even hires Joanne Geffen to take over Cliff's PR. Floyd's influence and decisions truly reignite Cliff's career.

On the threshold of success, Lorraine walks away from the multimillion-dollar deal Floyd negotiates with the William Morris Agency. The next morning, Floyd receives a letter from the Morrison Estate stating that Cliff's song "Liquid Highway" has been authenticated by the estate to feature Jim's voice. Cliff explains that Danny Sugerman, The Doors' previous manager, gave him the recording. Jim's only testimony of having a child was that tape, according to Louis Riesman, Jim's previous attorney. Jim's voice is heard in the song saying, "I miss my boy and think about the child that will one day own you." The remainder of the tapes is unheard and in the possession of Pearl Courson, Pamela Courson's mother, who holds the majority of Jim's estate. Pamela was Jim's soulmate.

Embracing his demons, Cliff acts out his madness in the manner that had previously imprisoned him. After committing robbery, he takes the cops on a high-speed chase ending with Cliff being tasered over twenty times. He consequently is imprisoned as a three-time felon, thereby leaving Lisa, Floyd, his fellow band members, the underground LA music scene, and a cult of true believers to live out the consequences of his ruined life.

Even now, however, redemption is possible if Cliff agrees to an independent DNA test to determine his true paternity. In 1992, Cliff is sent to Jim Morrison's previous doctor, and his blood is typed. Jim's parents allow Cliff to take the name Morrison but won't say what the results revealed. After that, Cliff refuses to take a DNA test, perhaps because he privately fears that he may not be Jim Morrison's son after all. Cliff does, however, eventually agree to have a DNA test performed on television, so his fans will know for sure the test is completed.

Jim Morrison's Paternity Suits

At the time of his death, Jim Morrison had more than 20 paternity suits, none of which were substantiated. That theory alone has never been expanded on — until now. Whether or not Jim Morrison had a child has been, and continues to be, the biggest and most long-awaited question for fans of both Cliff Morrison and Jim Morrison all over the world. These fans post every day on social media that they want an answer, and they want it now.


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