Up 8,723 this week

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

X  |   |  Documentary, Adult, Biography  |  July 1981 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 117 users  
Reviews: 4 user | 7 critic

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... See full summary »


0Check in

IMDb Picks: June

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in June, brought to you by Swiffer.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

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

Exhausted: John C. Holmes, the Real Story (1981) on IMDb 6.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Exhausted: John C. Holmes, the Real Story.

User Polls

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Jailbirds (1978)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Four female convicts break out of prison, and during their escape they take hostage a bus full of young female tennis players. They drive the bus to the house of the judge who originally ... See full summary »

Director: Giovanni Brusadori
Stars: Lilli Carati, Ines Pellegrini, Marina Daunia
Blonde Fire (1978)
Adult | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Private eye Johnny Wadd travels to South Africa to find a priceless diamond and he seduces every woman he meets to try to get them to reveal the diamond's location.

Director: Bob Chinn
Stars: John Holmes, Seka, Jesie St. James
Adult | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A man with the mind of a child and a penchant for mimicry lives in the backwoods with his domineering mother, and takes to obliviously killing women so he can "play" with their corpses.

Director: Zebedy Colt
Stars: Jody Maxwell, Terri Hall, C.J. Laing
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
Director: Emilio Portici
Stars: Nicole Vadim, Cherry Sundey, Betty Andrews
Action | Adult | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Johnny Wadd travels to Mexico to help out his old army buddy, Sam, break up a drug smuggling ring in which Sam's junkie ex-wife is romantically involved with the gangster behind all of it.

Director: Bob Chinn
Stars: John Holmes, Felecia Sanda, Veronica Taylor
Adult | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A shipwrecked World War II sailor comes to the rescue of two American nurses held in the clutches of a twisted Nazi officer and his three female assistants on a deserted South Pacific island.

Directors: Bob Chinn, Gail Palmer
Stars: John Holmes, Seka, Sue Carol
Documentary | Adult | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Friends, enemies, acquaintances, and family of porn star John Holmes recall their experiences with him, from his childhood to his eventual death from AIDS in 1988.

Director: Cass Paley
Stars: John Holmes, Linda Adrain, Bill Amerson
Adult | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A housewife is tracked by a private investigator hired by her wealthy husband.

Director: Radley Metzger
Stars: Barbara Bourbon, Sonny Landham, Darby Lloyd Rains
Star Ballz (Video 2001)
Animation | Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

A hentai spoof of 'Star Wars'.

Director: David Penava
Stars: David Penava


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


...Over 14,000 women knew him intimately! See more »






Release Date:

July 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Exhausted  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


See  »

Did You Know?


Copies of the movie were used as reference material for the cast of Boogie Nights (1997). 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.
See more »


Features The Jade Pussycat (1977) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
better late than never madeb2

Contribute to This Page