Johns (1996)

R  |   |  Drama  |  31 January 1997 (USA)
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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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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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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Driftin' Blues
Written by Charles Brown, Johnny Moore, Eddie Williams
Performed by Charles Brown
Courtesy of Rounder Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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An Enjoyable Yarn
24 November 1999 | by (England) – See all my reviews

For a film with such a controversial subject, Silver handles it with supreme maturity. Although twinges of sentimentality do exist (the brilliantly played 'angel') this adds to, rather than subtracts from, the powerful nature of the drama. And it is powerful. The characters, although some only ever reach the cardboard, two dimensional stage, are enjoyably refreshing - both Arquette and Haas give very good performances. My only real criticsm is the tension of the pick ups is overplayed - too many are either dangerous or violent (although I am unable to comment on the normal state of people in pick-up districts) and as such, by the end of the film a feeling of over tension seems to have been reached.

Apart from this, a well rounded and genuinely enjoyable film. Recommended.

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