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Exhausted: John C. Holmes, the Real Story (1981)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Himself - Interviewee / Various Roles (as John C. Holmes)
Herself - Interviewee / Blonde with Johnny
Jesie St. James ...
Vickey Caruthers (archive footage) (as Jesse St. James)
Annette Haven ...
Girl in Opening Credits Only (archive footage)
Georgina Spelvin ...
Alexandra (archive footage)
Linda Wong ...
Jasmine (archive footage)
Paula Wain ...
Laureen / Sandi (archive footage) (as Christin Sarver)
Laurien Dominique ...
Penny Holmes (archive footage)
Fatima Hamoud ...
Belly Dancer (archive footage) (as Fatima Hammoud)
Melba Bruce ...
Patty (archive footage)
Felecia Sanda ...
Maria Luisa (archive footage) (as Felicia Sanda)
Kyoto Sun ...
Hit Girl (archive footage) (as Kyoto)
Phaery Burd ...
Tarine (archive footage) (as Fay Burd)
Joan Devlon ...
Juanita (archive footage) (as Candice Chambers)
Jennifer Richards ...
Shari (archive footage)


Exhausted is a self-serving softball "documentary" about John C. Holmes, who was the biggest star in the adult film industry in two ways. He was the most famous, and he was just the biggest where it really counts in that business, about 13 inches worth. The film combines footage from actual porn films, "man on the street" interviews, and interviews with industry insiders: director Bob Chinn, actress Seka, and John Holmes himself. While this film is a not bona fide documentary, detailing the life of John Holmes (before his notorious murder trial), it is still a very erotic and very arousing sex film. It is an attempt to dig into the career of John Holmes, one of the best-known male stars of hard-core pornography, most noted for his big gun. This excellent production was billed as the "true life story of the unchallenged King of Porn himself". If you watch it, its difficult to argue - Its packed with the most luscious, explosive women in adult entertainment from the early 80s. The movie... Written by Anonymous

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Footage for "Waikiki Wadd," which would have been the last film of the "Johnny Wadd" series, was shot in Hawaii, in 1979-80 but the movie was never finished. In Exhausted: John C. Holmes, the Real Story (1981), a clapboard with the title, "Waikiki Wadd," is shown in a short faux scene depicting Holmes as the private dick. See more »


John Holmes: If a woman respects what you do, what you represent, how you speak, how you carry yourself. You don't have to be overly macho. You don't have to be overly complementary. Gain her respect. Treating her as an equal. Don't bullshit her. Treat her as a human being. Treat her as you would treat yourself. As soon as you have that respect from her, she'll treat you with the same respect that you show. Then, you fuck the shit out of her.
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Totally Awesome! Reality Porn
18 February 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I am a big fan of John Holmes and this movie is a must see for those who want to see what he was like in action. Not only in scenes with famous porn actresses but just in his everyday life. This film has numerous interviews with John and you really get a feel for who he was, how he behaved and how he rambled. You'll totally see the comparison to Boogie Nights as this film was the inspiration for that movie, and going down the line to Wonderland. None of them have the real John Holmes interview footage, and I've heard that all of it comes from this little ditty. Sure it's an old movie, but it's a must see for those who have an appetite for reality porn.

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