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

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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 »


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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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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.
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They just don't make them like this anymore!
27 January 2007 | by (New York,NY USA) – See all my reviews

I saw Exhausted in the movie theater when it was released in the 1980's.Video really hadn't made the inroads that came later.I remember reading about John C. Holmes being on the run.In fact there was a large poster with an enlarged newspaper article which had people of all walks of life stopping and reading the article.So John C. Holmes was definitely mainstream already.Who was to know that two different mainstream Hollywood movies would come out based on his life.

Anyway, the documentary still holds up all these years later.the director of Boogie Nights definitely studied this film.i agree with another reviewer about the superior quality of the explicit sex shown in this film and others of the era.That is to say it was and is far superior to anything put out today.i don't even bother with the new releases because the sex scenes are so absolutely boring and by-the-numbers.

Exhausted is an excellent expose of the legendary John C. Holmes.Definitely worth a look for John C. Holmes fans!

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