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Wonderland (2003)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  24 October 2003 (USA)
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In the police investigation of a brutal crime scene, one man was at the center of it all: legendary porn star John Holmes.

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Gopher (scenes deleted)
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Gopher's Girlfriend (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

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 monkeykingma

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Rated R for strong violence/grisly images, pervasive drug use and language, some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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24 October 2003 (USA)  »

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The Wonderland Murders  »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£84,345 (UK) (7 May 2004)

Gross:

£84,345 (UK) (7 May 2004)
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Trivia

Both Josh Lucas and Val Kilmer spent the night in the actual Wonderland house on the anniversary of the murders. See more »

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Right after the opening credits of the movie when John pulls up to the wonderland house, on the right side, you can spot a spanking new Volvo S80 in a driveway of one of the houses next door. See more »

Quotes

Ron Launius: You like this? You fucking sand nigger. You fucking greaseball.
Eddie Nash: l'm gonna find out who you are, you cocksucker motherfuckers. l'm gonna tear your fucking eyes out!
Ron Launius: [Sticks a gun barrel in Nash's mouth] Suck this, you sand jockey faggot. Suck this. Give me the fucking combination to the safe!
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"score recorded and mixed by Fredrik Sarhagen" is credited twice. See more »

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References The Mighty Mouse Playhouse (1955) See more »

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I Work the Whole City
(1976)
from the motion picture "Taxi Driver"
Written by and Composed by Bernard Herrmann
Arranged and Conducted by Dave Blume
Used by permission of Screen Gems-EMI Music Inc.
Courtesy of Columbia Pictures, A Division of Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.
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I've waited since 1988 for this!
9 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

I once read an article by Jonathon Ross about John Holmes, and in it he described a pathetic figure whose celebrity status in the arena of porn deteriorated into a life of drug abuse, betrayal, gang involvement and murder...oh, and his eventual death due to Aids. What a great premise for a film!

I enjoyed Wonderland and was gripped all the way though.It was Holmes' dependence on drugs that meant he was eventually dropped from the porn industry, he could no longer perform or 'get it up'. From there his life spiralled and this is where Wonderland starts.

The story is not only presented in a very factual way, ( nearly every police statement and event occurred as shown ), but the pace in unrelenting and the acting convincing. Kilmer does a good job on Holmes - a bit like his Jim Morrison, he gets the druggie, spaced out feel just right.

The re-telling of events through different perspectives is also impressive, if not original and although there is no real tension in the film this is not a criticism. This is not supposed to be a suspense film or a thriller, it is much better than that. It is a true account of lives which interest us and which most of us have difficulty comprehending - apologies to drug dealers, murderers and porn stars.

When the actual murders occur they are brutal and dramatic, interspersing real footage of the murder scene into the action. Gory and fascinating, and i'm sure most of you do the pause or slow-mo run after.

I'm a sucker for information being handed out at the end of films and Wonderland doesn't disappoint. We find out about all the main protagonists and of course we all know what happened to John. Full credit to the director, I was waiting for this film to be made since 1988 and am not disappointed!


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