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Johns -- A male prostitute in Los Angeles weighs the options presented to him on his 21st birthday while struggling to maintain control over his life.
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31 January 1997 (USA) See more »
It's the day before Christmas, the day before John's 21st birthday. He's a prostitute on Santa Monica Blvd in L.A.... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

David Arquette ... John

Lukas Haas ... Donner
Tony Epper ... Santa Claus

John C. McGinley ... Danny Cohen

Keith David ... Homeless John

Wilson Cruz ... Mikey
Joshua Schaefer ... David (as Josh Schaefer)

Sydney Lassick ... Al

Chris Gartin ... Eli
Ruth Silver ... Tourist Mom

Alanna Ubach ... Nikki

N'Bushe Wright ... X-Mas Junkie

Richard T. Jones ... Mr. Popper (as Richard Timothy Jones)

Richard Kind ... Paul Truman

Elliott Gould ... Manny Gould
Harper Roisman ... Old Man

Terrence Howard ... Jimmy the Warlock (as Terrence Dashon Howard)

Nicky Katt ... Mix

Louis Mustillo ... John Wayne

Arliss Howard ... John Cardoza

Nina Siemaszko ... Tiffany The Prostitute
Kurtis Kunzler ... Hustler at Payphone

Craig Bierko ... Christmas Preacher on Radio
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Kircher ... Corporate Business Executive (uncredited)
Melissa S. Markess ... Business Executive (uncredited)

Directed by
Scott Silver 
Writing credits
Scott Silver (written by)

Produced by
Tarek Abu-Zayyad .... associate producer
Beau Flynn .... producer
P. Holt Gardiner .... executive producer
David Godbout .... associate producer
Dolly Hall .... co-executive producer
Elyse Katz .... line producer
Stefan Simchowitz .... producer
Mary Vernieu .... associate producer
Paul Brown .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Charles Brown (original score composed by)
Danny Caron (original score composed by)
Cinematography by
Tom Richmond (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Dorian Harris (edited by)
Casting by
Mary Vernieu 
Production Design by
Amy Beth Silver 
Art Direction by
William P. Paine 
Set Decoration by
Jennifer M. Gentile  (as Jennifer Gentile)
Costume Design by
Sara Jane Slotnick  (as Sarah Jane Slotnick)
Makeup Department
Constance Hall .... assistant hair
Constance Hall .... assistant makeup
Kenneth Michael .... key makeup/hair
Production Management
Elyse Katz .... unit production manager
Sue Mischel .... post-production supervisor
Ed Santiago .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard A. Cooper .... second second assistant director (as Richard Cooper)
Steven Thomas .... additional second second assistant director
Art Department
Fred Cisterna .... set dresser
Ryan Folsey .... construction coordinator
A.W. Gryphon .... art assistant (as Allison Wilke)
Ray Harris .... storyboard artist
Jacob Whitmore .... prop master
Sound Department
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Charles J. Bond .... boom operator (as Charles Bond)
Peter S. Carlstedt .... sound re-recording mixer (as Peter Carlstedt)
Harry Cohen .... sound effects editor
Andrew DeCristofaro .... adr supervisor
Andrew DeCristofaro .... supervising sound editor
William Dotson .... dialogue editor (as Bill Dotson)
Rachel Eubanks .... background editor
David Farmer .... sound effects editor
Marc Fishman .... adr editor (as Mark Fishman)
Tim Gedemer .... sound effects editor
Brian Geer .... foley mixer
Mike Moser .... background editor
Vince Nicastro .... foley artist
Mark Paperno .... boom operator
Valentina Raksin .... adr assistant
Paul Rodriguez .... manager of sound services
Larry Scharf .... sound mixer
Tony Sereno .... re-recording assistant
Cathie Speakman .... adr editor
Gary Sula-Goff .... foley assistant
Ken Teaney .... sound re-recording mixer
Eric Thompson .... adr recordist
Ignacio Valero .... boom operator
Harry Woolway .... sound effects editor
Brandon Walker .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Rick Avery .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Sean Antle .... best boy electric (as Sean 'Cat' Antle)
David Chameides .... Steadicam operator (as Dave Camiedes)
Young Vance Cohen .... additional grip (as Vance Cohen)
Alfonso Delgado .... additional electrician
Dan Hofstad .... additional electrician (as Daniel Hofstad)
Bob Ivanjack .... dolly grip
Bob Ivanjack .... key grip
Tom Jensen .... first assistant camera
Jordan Levy .... camera loader
Jason Libretta .... second assistant camera (as Jason D. Libretta)
Shaun Madigan .... gaffer
Mike Manzoni .... best boy grip
Anthony L. Newman .... grip (as Anthony 'Nino' Newman)
Gerry O'Malley .... steadicam operator
Travis Pafford .... additional grip
Greg G. Reeves .... electrician (as Greg Reeves)
Brad Siskind .... grip
Rick Stribling .... dolly grip
Rick Stribling .... key grip
Adam Wilson .... additional electrician
John Samaras .... first assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Casting Department
Alyssa Weisberg .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Maria Bradley .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Christopher J. Brown .... post production assistant (as Chris J. Brown)
Mike Mertens .... color timer
Anthony Santiago .... assistant editor
Location Management
George McDowell Agnew .... location consultant (as George Agnew)
Music Department
Charles Brown .... conductor: original score
Danny Caron .... conductor: original score
Deszon Claiborne .... musician: drums
Bob Conlon .... assistant music engineer
Ruth Davies .... musician: bass
Ann Kline .... music coordinator (as Ann Karlin)
Michelle Kuznetsky .... associate music supervisor
Samuel Lehmer .... music engineer
Mary Ramos .... music supervision
Clifford Solomon .... musician: saxophone
Gary Wasserman .... music editor: Pascal Sound
Transportation Department
Joe Barreras .... transportation captain
Lewis Burnett .... driver: honey wagon (as Lew Burnett)
Gary DeVoe .... driver (as Gary Devoe)
Dick Dionne .... driver (as Richard Dionne)
Steve Sorkin .... driver: grip/electric
Other crew
Francie Brown .... dialect coach
Ian Davidow .... office assistant
Wendy Davison .... production accountant
Francis DeAngelo .... assistant: Beau Flynn & Stefan Simchowitz
Maria Erspamer .... key production assistant
Jonathan Gabriel .... production legal (as Jonathan Gabriel Esq.)
Jane Gurtiza .... assistant production coordinator
Alex Kivlen .... assistant location consultant
Leslie Kurtz .... production intern
Michael Lawson .... publicity: The Pogachefsky Co.
Mickey Mayerson .... legal services
P. Kevin Morris .... production legal (as P. Kevin Morris Esq.)
Diane H. Newman .... script supervisor (as Diane Hassinger Newman)
Ken Paull .... assistant production associate
Rich Penna .... electronic press kit
Kim Percival .... production coordinator
Mark Pogachefsky .... publicity: The Pogachefsky Co.
Nick Roberts .... security: Technical Security
Bobby Rodriguez .... craft service
David N. Schrager .... production associate (as David Schrager)
John Shepherd .... assistant: Scott Silver
Eric Kops .... publicist (uncredited)
Tarek Abu-Zayyad .... the producers wish to thank
Joseph Apprendi .... the producers wish to thank
Darren Aronofsky .... the director would like to thank
Jonathan Beare .... the producers wish to thank
Carol Bodie .... special thanks
Kevin Campbell .... special thanks: PMK
Cathy Christmas .... special thanks: Santa Claus Productions
Jillian Dempsey .... special thanks: Delux Beauty Parlor (as Jill Fink)
Jon Furie .... the director would like to thank
P. Holt Gardiner .... the producers wish to thank
David Godbout .... the director would like to thank
Aaron Hsu .... the producers wish to thank
Sharon Jackson .... special thanks (as Sharon Sheinwold)
Mara Jacobs .... the producers wish to thank
Stephanie Johnson .... special thanks
Eldad Levy .... the producers wish to thank
Mickey Mayerson .... the producers wish to thank
Stuart Rosenberg .... the director would like to thank
Marcia Ross .... special thanks
John Shepherd .... the director would like to thank
Henry Shinefield .... the producers wish to thank (as Dr. Henry Shinefield)
Steven Siebert .... special thanks
Ruth Silver .... the director would like to thank
Mark Waters .... the director would like to thank
Ron Wechsler .... very special thanks
Lisa Wong .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for strong sexual content and language, and for some violence and drug use
96 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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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.See more »
Movie Connections:
References True Grit (1969)See more »
Hymn: Ave Maris StellaSee more »


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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
sobering portrait of the male flesh trade, 17 July 2001
Author: thomandybish from Weaverville, NC

JOHNS offers little in the way of comfort for the viewer. Unlike other films that skirt around the subject of child and male prostitution(WHERE THE DAY TAKES YOU)or couch the subject in arty symbolism and metaphor(MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO)JOHNS gives an unflinching portrait of these boys and the clients who exploit them. David Arquette is John, a seasoned street hustler who reluctantly takes under his wing Donner(Lukas Haas)a runaway and novice prostitute. Despite his flaky demeanor, Arquette turns in a studied performance, and Haas does what he seems to do best, stand around looking sad and introspective. It's a world where violence can and does erupt at any moment and the hustlers count a successful day as one in which they've managed to live through. Moving without any sentimentality. Try it.

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