Johns (1996)

R  |   |  Drama  |  31 January 1997 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 1,508 users  
Reviews: 34 user | 24 critic

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 »



Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Full Speed (1996)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A brief extract of four kids' lives somewhere in France. Quentin, who won a writers contest and now pays more attention to his career as an author than to his friends, beautiful Julie, his ... See full summary »

Director: Gaël Morel
Stars: Élodie Bouchez, Stéphane Rideau, Pascal Cervo
Urbania (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A tour of The Anger Stage.

Director: Jon Shear
Stars: Dan Futterman, Scott Denny, Paige Turco
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A mixed group of individuals - lesbian, gays, and heterosexuals who all frequent a local bar struggle to accept each others lifestyles. However when the two gays are attacked and fight back... See full summary »

Director: P.J. Castellaneta
Stars: Mitchell Anderson, Jennifer Tilly, Terrence 'T.C.' Carson
The Mudge Boy (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Sensitive, somewhat effeminate farm-boy Duncan Mudge can barely cope with grim, since Ma's death even gloomier father Edgar's manly expectations, and seeks comfort in petting a chicken he ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Burke
Stars: Emile Hirsch, Richard Jenkins, Tom Guiry
Wild Reeds (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In a village in the Southwest of France, 1962. Maite and Francois are 18 years old. They are friends, not lovers. In Francois's classroom, there are Serge, whose brother has just married to... See full summary »

Director: André Téchiné
Stars: Élodie Bouchez, Gaël Morel, Stéphane Rideau
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In June, 1983, in Dutchess County, New York, Sebastian Cole joins his mother, step-father, and sister for dinner. Hank, Sebastian's step-father, drops a bomb: he announces he's changing ... See full summary »

Director: Tod Williams
Stars: Adrian Grenier, Clark Gregg, Aleksa Palladino
Head On (1998)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A 19 year old Greek Australian youth struggles with his sexual identity and has one clumsy heterosexual and several homosexual encounters.

Director: Ana Kokkinos
Stars: Alex Dimitriades, Julian Garner, Elena Mandalis
It's My Party (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

"You won't leave me, will you?" Nick asks Brandon shortly after revealing to him the results of his last blood test for HIV. "I don't want to die alone." In spite of Brandon's protestations... See full summary »

Director: Randal Kleiser
Stars: Eric Roberts, Gregory Harrison, Margaret Cho
Sitcom (1998)
Drama | Thriller | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The adventures of an upper-class suburban family abruptly confronted with the younger brother's discovery of his homosexuality, the elder sister's suicide attempt and sado-masochist ... See full summary »

Director: François Ozon
Stars: Évelyne Dandry, François Marthouret, Marina de Van
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

17-year old Murat from Turkey, living in Berlin, Germany, slowly discovers his homosexuality. His older brother Osman, head of the family since the father's death, wants him to finally lose... See full summary »

Director: Kutlug Ataman
Stars: Gandi Mukli, Baki Davrak, Erdal Yildiz
24 Nights (1999)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

When Jonathan Parker was 4 years old, his mother's words and a chance encounter with a Salvation Army Kris Kringle instilled in him a lifelong belief in the legend of Santa Claus. Now 24 ... See full summary »

Director: Kieran Turner
Stars: Kevin Isola, Aida Turturro, Stephen Mailer
Drama | Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The Nature of Nicholas is a surreal fable that follows twelve-year-old Nicholas as he struggles with an intense attraction to his best friend, Bobby. Nicholas is obsessed with his friend ... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Erbach
Stars: Jeff Sutton, David Turnbull, Ardith Boxall


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 <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:



Release Date:

31 January 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Johns - katu antaa  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Filmed in 20 days in and around Hollywood. See more »


Donner: I am not a prostitute. I am an entertainer. I do not go in for violence.
See more »

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 »


Annum Per Annum
Written by Arvo Pärt
Performed by Christoph Maria Moosman
Courtesy of New Albion Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Arquette is brilliant
5 September 2003 | by (nyc) – See all my reviews

The film is rough and gritty, yes, but also a little corny and cliched. The best reason to see it is for the acting. Lukas Haas is great, as usual. But David Arquette is downright brilliant. When I first saw this film, I felt like I was watching a young Marlon Brando. I was convinced Arquette was going to be the Next Big Thing in Hollywood. Then he yucked it up in the wonderful "Scream" films, making a bigger splash as a comic charicature. And then came his 1-800 AT&T commercials, and all his talk show appearances in oversized zoot suits, and his marriage to Courtney "Friends" Cox. The poor guy may be Hollywood's biggest untapped talent! Check out "Johns" if you want to see a side of David Arquette you've never seen. (I just hope his performance isn't ruined by your memories of those phone commercials.)

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
i was one of the cast artchristophertrujillo
Can't find a copy! pinnebarn
Jesus Christ voidasunder
Discuss Johns (1996) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: