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Wadd: The Life & Times of John C. Holmes (1999)

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.

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Linda Adrain ...
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Bill Amerson ...
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Denise Amerson ...
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Sean 'Duke' Amerson ...
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Juliet Anderson ...
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Tom Blake ...
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Bunny Bleu ...
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Paul Cambria ...
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Bob Chinn ...
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David Clark ...
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Ron Coen ...
Himself (as Hon. Ron Coen)
Misty Dawn ...
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Mitchell Egers ...
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Don Fernando ...
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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.

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In a 1999 interview with GettingIt webzine, when asked why there any shots of the fully erect penis of John Holmes in the theatrical documentary, director Cass Paley said, "I didn't think it was needed, and I basically cut it with a cable version in mind - like for HBO or something." See more »

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Bob Vosse: Almost no one in the business knew John Holmes or anything about his personal life about where he was born, lived, his family, his wife, or anything. John had almost no social life and very few friends. He didn't want you to be his friend. I tried to be John's friend, but I can't say that I was ever his friend. He didn't want friends. I shot much more than half of the films John made in his life. John never trusted me, but he never trusted anyone. Believe it or not, I never had John's home ...
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Fascinating piece of Americana. Recommended!
2 March 2000 | by (Copenhagen, Denmark) – See all my reviews

For a documentary "Wadd" ain't so innovating, and maybe it's too long but still my eyes were glued to screen. I knew John was a cokefiend and involved in a mob hit but I didn't really knew he was vicious wife beater and a chronic liar/schizo that fed the cops info on pornproducers in the early 70's. "Wadd" isn't that pornographic (no penetration scenes) it's more of a tragic story of a not too bright kid with the world's biggest "tool". Lots of people from the adult industry are interviewed (Goldstein, Flynt, Sharon Mitchell, Ciccolina etc.) as you would expect but also cops, lawyers, journalists and guys like Paul "Boggie Nights" Anderson are included. I know it's almost impossible to make Holmes-docu that isn't interesting but "Wadd" is a fascinating and important portrait of a legend that some called The Elvis Of Pornography!


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