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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. | Add synopsis »
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Linda Adrain ... Herself
Bill Amerson ... Himself
Denise Amerson ... Herself
Sean 'Duke' Amerson ... Himself
Juliet Anderson ... Herself (as Aunt Peg)

Paul Thomas Anderson ... Himself
Tom Blake ... Himself (as Det. Tom Blake)
Bunny Bleu ... Herself
Paul Cambria ... Himself
Bob Chinn ... Himself (also archive footage)
David Clark ... Himself
Ron Coen ... Himself (as Hon. Ron Coen)
Misty Dawn ... Herself (also archive footage) (as Laurie Holmes)
Mitchell Egers ... Himself
Don Fernando ... Himself

Larry Flynt ... Himself
Al Goldstein ... Himself
Annette Haven ... Herself
Bobby Hollander ... Himself
Jim Holliday ... Himself

John Holmes ... Himself (archive footage)
Sharon Holmes ... Herself
Mike Horner ... Himself
Rodger Jacobs ... Interviewer

Ron Jeremy ... Himself
Gloria Leonard ... Herself
John Leslie ... Himself
Vonda Lia ... Herself (as Vonda Lia Ph.D.)
William Margold ... Himself

Sharon Mitchell ... Herself

Kitten Natividad ... Herself

Richard Pacheco ... Himself
Ann Perry ... Herself
Ernest Paul Roebuck ... Himself (as Ernie Roebuck)
Candida Royalle ... Herself
Mike Sager ... Himself
'Reb' Sawitz ... Himself
Dawn Schiller ... Herself (as Dawn)
Ilona Staller ... Herself (as Cicciolina)
Joel Sussman ... Himself
Kenneth Turan ... Himself
Bob Vosse ... Himself

Directed by
Cass Paley 
Alan Smithee (really Wesley Emerson)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Rodger Jacobs  written by

Produced by
Russell Hampshire .... executive producer (as Russ Hampshire)
Rodger Jacobs .... associate producer
Cass Paley .... producer
Christopher Rowland .... co-producer
Alan Smithee .... co-producer (really Christopher Rowland)(video version) (as Alan Smithee Jr.)
Original Music by
Brad Raylius Daniel 
Tad Dery 
Cinematography by
Willie Boudevin 
Film Editing by
Christopher Rowland 
Makeup Department
Kelly Nichols .... makeup artist (as Marianne Walters)
Sound Department
John Reese .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Amerson .... still photographer
Linda Amerson .... still photographer
Michele Capozzi .... additional photographer
Misty Dawn .... still photographer (as Laurie Holmes)
David Geores .... additional photographer
Marie Guy .... still photographer: inverviews
Sharon Holmes .... still photographer
Kenji .... still photographer
Murray Perlstein .... still photographer
Christopher Rowland .... additional photographer (as Chris Rowland)
Annie Sprinkle .... still photographer
Julia St. Vincent .... still photographer
Joel Sussman .... still photographer
Jeff Warnement .... additional photographer
Editorial Department
Harvey Axis .... on-line editor
Music Department
Stan Whitaker .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Debbie Cherry .... transcriptions
Jeffrey Douglas .... legal counsel
Mark Galloway .... researcher
Kip Grimm .... researcher
Marie Guy .... production assistant
Jim Holliday .... researcher
Ed Kail .... researcher
John Kirsh .... poster designer
Bonnie LeBlanc .... photo library
Ted McIlvenna .... researcher
Windy Nites .... director of records (as Wendy Nitz)
Debbie Rubio .... photo library
Mike Sager .... creative consultant
Sam Stetson .... researcher
Marty Turkel .... researcher
Buck Adams .... special thanks
Charlie Allen .... special thanks
Greg Alves .... special thanks
Mark Angotti .... special thanks
Jack Boulware .... special thanks
Scott Brastow .... special thanks
Jerry Caballero .... special thanks
Michael Caballero .... special thanks
Bob Chinn .... acknowledgment: still photographs provided by
Damon Christian .... special thanks (as Richard Aldrich)
Michael Cito .... special thanks
Dave Copeland .... special thanks
Ed De Roo .... special thanks
Jackie Donovan .... special thanks
Billy C. Duzit .... special thanks
Omar Flores .... special thanks
Ken Grimm .... special thanks
Nick Guarino .... special thanks
Veronica Hart .... special thanks (as Jane Hamilton)
Betty Hempshire .... special thanks
Dick Howard .... special thanks (as Jeremy Stone)
Jeff Levin .... special thanks
Scott Levin .... special thanks
Fernando Lopez .... special thanks
Anthony R. Lovett .... special thanks (as Tony Lovett)
Joe Martin .... special thanks
Joe Martinez .... special thanks
Eddie Nash .... special thanks
Kelly Nichols .... special thanks (as Marianne Walters)
Alan Pena .... special thanks
Murray Perlstein .... special thanks
Ed Powers .... special thanks
Patti Rhodes-Lincoln .... special thanks
Tracy Rich .... special thanks
Adam Rifkin .... special thanks
Jared Rudder .... special thanks
Bill Schiller .... special thanks
Annie Schultz .... special thanks
Barbara Sherry .... special thanks
Steven Silva .... special thanks
Michael Simmons .... special thanks
Joe Spallone .... special thanks
Rudy Sutton .... special thanks
Bob Verna .... special thanks
Bumble Ward .... special thanks
Mike Warner .... special thanks
Chuck Wilkerson .... special thanks
David Wohl .... special thanks
Terry Wood .... special thanks
Luc Wylder .... special thanks (as Luke Wylder)
Harry Young .... special thanks

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Rated NC-17 for explicit sexual content
105 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:R18+ (DVD rating) | Australia:X18+ (original rating) | Germany:16 | New Zealand:R18 | USA:NC-17 | USA:R (edited version)

Did You Know?

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 »
Bob Chinn:John had this compulsive, tendency to lie all the time. He loved lying. Tall tales, white lies, you name it. He would go on lying about stuff even after you knew he was lying, and he would still go on lying after he knew that you knew he was lying.See more »
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Numbers don't lie, liars do!, 20 December 2009
Author: nixskits from Canada

Whatever the real total of John Holmes' female sex partners was, it's got to be a bare minimum of at least 3000. Considering how many films he made and all the action before he was an impotent addict of an X- rated icon, it was an enormous number of women. His claim of 14,000 is somewhat realistic, only if he never got into drugs and did nothing but have sex round the clock!

The boy born John Curtis Estes was the youngest of four children, grew up in rural Ohio and had by most accounts an unhappy childhood. His namesake (if in surname only) stepfather was a drunk and John as an adult blamed a large portion of his family's hardships on him. Stepfather number two was a manic depressive who took most of his frustrations out on the now second youngest in the house (John's half brother David was born several years later) and his physical abuse eventually reached the point where sixteen year old John decided to enlist in the Army.

However much of the legends about the first half of his life are concerned, by his early twenties, he'd left the military, moved out to California and met and married straitlaced Sharon. It's more than fair to assume this lady, who was a nurse by profession and a virgin when they wed, brought him the only real stability he'd ever had. She describes a private, insecure man who had a very low self esteem, before that term was a pop psychology cliché.

The 8mm loop porn industry in those mid/late 60s era was a fly by night operation, with con artists expecting to pay one with a bum cheque. His first experience with this kind of hustler taught young John to demand payment in cash from then on. He gradually became better known and earned more and more in fees. His endowment is always the matter of speculation, but it's safe to declare he was at least twice the length of the average North American male.

Director Bob Chinn wrote the story for "Johnny Wadd" after meeting him and seeing his "credentials" in the flesh. The soon to be series gave Holmes his most famous role ever and the nickname that summed up his anatomy in a rather crude marketing tool. Exhibitors saw the popularity of this new hardcore emphasis on a star system and wanted more "Wadd".

The descent into cocaine and all that followed are a matter of disturbing fact now. His posthumously published autobiography "Porn King" is equal parts truth and fantasy. The recent "John Holmes: A Life Measured In Inches" by Jennifer Sugar and Jill Nelson, is a much more grounded in reality explanation of his life from all those who knew him best.

What would have happened if John hadn't gotten messed up on freebase? That's the unanswerable question. Instead, his life degenerated into full time crime and ever sleazier and dangerous characters as he struggled to maintain his out of control habit. And with the early days of AIDS rearing it's lethal head, Holmes became the second most notorious figure (after the outed Rock Hudson) to die from AIDS related illness.

"Wadd" gives both the heartfelt testimonial of friends and less than flattering accounts from other associates equal time (my comment for "Wonderland" elaborates on his later years). His life was a sad display of both a lonely, overwhelmed man and the society that could only treat him like some "refugee from a freak show" (Al Goldstein's words). A must see for those who want to look at the authentic tragedy of drugs and the end results of a career in an essentially insane business. Everyone is dispensable in porn, even the king.

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