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John Holmes was a legend of the porn industry and revered in circles as a stud. But in 1981, years after his successful career and star fading, Holmes was a desperate man with his own internal demons to live up to. He's estranged from his wife, holding onto a relationship with his teenage mistress, and living as a junkie in search of his next fix. But one fateful night left four people dead and John as a key suspect in one of the most grisly murders in Los Angeles. Was he partly responsible for what happened at Wonderland Avenue? Written by
In the real life story, John did not call Eddie Nash after the robbery at his place. Rather, John was spotted by some of Nash's associates in Hollywood. They noticed that John was wearing some of the jewelry that was stolen in the robbery and told Nash about it. John was then accosted by two gunmen who then took him to Nash for questioning. See more »
When John picks up Dawn at Sally Hansen's they have sex in the bathroom. As they begin John pulls down Dawn's shorts and underwear. When Sally bursts in, they are still having sex, but Dawn's underwear is now back on. See more »
I want to leave a message. "John, this is Dawn. Some Holy Roller picked me up. Come fuckin' get me."
Answering Service Operator:
I'm sorry Miss, I can't give him that message.
OK. How about: "John, this is Dawn. Come and get me, cock sucker?"
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"score recorded and mixed by Fredrik Sarhagen" is credited twice. See more »
Written by Lowell George (as Lowell T. George)
Performed by Robert Palmer
Published by Naked Snake Music
Courtesy of Island Records Ltd.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises See more »
I didn't expect Val Kilmer to make a convincing John Holmes, but I found myself forgetting that it wasn't the porn legend himself. In fact, the entire cast turned in amazing performances in this vastly under-rated movie.
As some have mentioned earlier, seek out the two-disc set and watch the "Wadd" documentary first; it will give you a lot of background on the story which will be helpful in appreciating the movie.
Some people seem unhappy about the LAPD crime scene video being included on the DVD. There are a number of reasons that it might have been included, one of which is that John Holmes' trial for the murders was the first ever in the United States where such footage was used by the prosecution. If you don't want to see it, it's easy to avoid; it's clearly identified as "LAPD Crime Scene Footage" on the menu!
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