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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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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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.
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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 »


Jingle Bells
Written by James Pierpont (uncredited)
Performed by Gene Autry
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Sad and powerful
25 August 1999 | by (Eatontown, NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

This is a metaphorical story about people's dreams as they

search for themselves and some meaning to life. There are

interesting symbols throughout the movie: Camelot as a

mythical, far-away perfect place; Christmas as a time of

birth and rebirth; the painted mural of the 10 Commandments as the "writing on the wall"; looking for a

room at the inn (the hotel); the wounds and the tattoos of

a tear and a heart; and the gaining and loss of time (watches).

The performances are convincing and powerful. The theme

seems to be in the song that Homeless John sings towards

the end about how the "world treats you mean" but there is

hope in rebirth. The movie is an odd use of all the symbolism to give a sad picture of street hustlers who,

like all people, seem lonely and in search of something

more meaningful in life.

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