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Wonderland (2003)

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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Kim Marriner ...
Reporter (as Kim Mariner)
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Gopher (scenes deleted)
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Gopher's Girlfriend (scenes deleted)
Karen LaKritz ...
Bartender (as Karen Lakritz)
Steve Cox ...
Guy at Bar
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Slim Jim
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Louis
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Cherokee
Chris Cioffi ...
Letterman Meathead
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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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With A Score This Dirty, Nobody Gets Away Clean. See more »


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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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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$91,798 (USA) (3 October 2003)

Gross:

$1,056,102 (USA) (28 November 2003)
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Trivia

The Herald Examiner location in downtown Los Angeles, where the police station and biker bar scenes were shot, caught fire on the last day of shooting. The cast and crew had to be evacuated. See more »

Goofs

When Billy Ward is interviewing Holmes, there is a scene leading into a flashback in which Holmes is shown with a freshly-lit cigarette. After the flashback, Holmes is shown with an unlit cigarette. See more »

Quotes

Ron Launius: Ah, you must be Barbara. You enjoying yourself?
Barbara Richardson: Yeah, this is the best party I've ever been to.
Ron Launius: Well it's only the beginning baby L.A. in the summer anything could happen right.
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Crazy Credits

"score recorded and mixed by Fredrik Sarhagen" is credited twice. See more »

Connections

References The Mighty Mouse Playhouse (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Bad Reputation
(1981)
Written by Joan Jett, Kenny Laguna, Ritchie Cordell (as Rithchie Cordell) and Marty Kupersmith (as Marty Kuperson)
Performed by Joan Jett
Published by Careers-BMG (BMI)
Courtesy of Blackheart Records
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Not too Bad..
28 February 2004 | by (San Jose, CA) – See all my reviews

I've read many negative reviews of this movie and finally got a chance to see it on DVD. To be honest I really don't know what the problem with it is.

It's a decent murder mystery thriller, shown from various points of view, from an eccentric cast of often drugged out potential killers/suspects, including the late porn king, John Holmes. Please read the plot synopsis for the exact details of the movie's plot - I wish to contribute more to a review than a synopsis.

Many reviewers went so far to give this movie their lowest rating due to violence but I really don't see it. MANY modern movies were worse - Saving Private Ryan was ultimately more violent than this movie, which often relies on implied blood stains than actual brutal slayings (the murders depicted in this film were done with lead pipes, afterall).

I was enthralled with both halves of the movie - the first showing John Holmes as a hopeless cash hungry drug addict, and the second half showing his side as a minor conspirator in a senseless bloodbath. The movie has excellent acting, even though Dylan McDemorant looks more than a bit out of place in his biker-esque personia and goatee'ed bad boy personality.

The soundtrack was also awesome - a fantastic mix of 70's B-side rock and obscure pop, spread out over a couple of hours in all the right places ala Boogie Nights.


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