Johns (1996)

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It's the day before Christmas, the day before John's 21st birthday. He's a prostitute on Santa Monica Blvd in L.A., and he wants to spend that night and the next day at the posh Park Plaza ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Epper ...
Danny Cohen
Homeless John
Joshua Schaefer ...
David (as Josh Schaefer)
Ruth Silver ...
Tourist Mom
X-Mas Junkie
Mr. Popper (as Richard Timothy Jones)
Paul Truman
Manny Gould


It's the day before Christmas, the day before John's 21st birthday. He's a prostitute on Santa Monica Blvd in L.A., and he wants to spend that night and the next day at the posh Park Plaza Hotel. He's ripped off a local drug dealer to pay the bill, but as he's sleeping that morning, someone steals his shoes right off his feet, with the money in them. Meanwhile, Donner, a lad new to the streets, wants John to leave the city with him for Camelot, a theme park in Branson, MO, where they'll work as lifeguards. John spends the day trying to hustle the money for the hotel, avoid Jimmy the Warlock, keep his girl friend placated, and figure out how to deal with Donner's friendship. Written by <>

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Rated R for strong sexual content and language, and for some violence and drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 January 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Johns - katu antaa  »

Box Office

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$50,789 (USA) (31 January 1997)


$50,789 (USA) (31 January 1997)

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Director Scott Silver researched his script by offering $20 to rent boys to tell him tales of their lives on the street. See more »


Donner: I am not a prostitute. I am an entertainer. I do not go in for violence.
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Crazy Credits

The director would like to thank: ... and all the hustlers who shared their stories for $20 - John, Kurtis, Justin, Craig, John, Nikki, David, Scott, Sal and Sal. See more »


References True Grit (1969) See more »


Silent Night, Holy Night (1818)
Music by Franz Gruber
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
English lyrics anonymous
Played and Sung often in the background
Sung a cappella by carollers at Manny's house
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very intense!
19 November 1998 | by (Munich, Germany) – See all my reviews

I just saw the movie as part of a gay and lesbian film festival and I found it extremely intense, very authentic and genuine. There is great cinematography, great acting and a story that lets you see just how hard hustling in Los Angeles is. You get a chance to empathize with the main characters and see things from their point of view. It's not a funny movie (although it has funny moments) but rather one to watch and reflect about. David Arquette and Lukas Haas deserve great praise for doing this movie, as does the director. It's not a feel-good movie, but it's definitely worth seeing.

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