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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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Sex, drugs, murder. Welcome to L.A. 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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The Wonderland Murders  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$91,798 (USA) (5 October 2003)

Gross:

$1,056,102 (USA) (30 November 2003)
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Trivia

Originally announced in 1998, the project at that time was going to star Michael Biehn (as John Holmes) and Tim Daly, with Nick Vallelonga in the director's chair. See more »

Goofs

When the take from the caper is being tallied, one of the items in the montage is labeled "Ludes", and includes an image of a plastic bag full of multi-colored pills. As no other piece of booty shown is represented as a pill, the bag must contain the "Ludes". Quaaludes were always white, chalky tablets, with the possible rare exception of boots from small time labs... See more »

Quotes

Louis Cruz: Wait a minute... John Holmes? Thee John Holmes? Johnny Wadd partyed at Wonderland?
David Lind: All the time. The guy is a fucking coke head. He's up to his neck in this shit.
Sam Nico: All right, who's John Holmes?
Louis Cruz: The porn king. Sam, the guy's a legend.
Sam Nico: Never heard of him.
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"score recorded and mixed by Fredrik Sarhagen" is credited twice. See more »

Connections

References Over Easy (1977) See more »

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Maggot Brain
(1971)
Written by George Clinton (as Clinton) and Eddie Hazel (as Hazel)
Performed by Funkadelic
Published by Brideport Music Inc. (BMI) and Southfield Music Inc. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Westbound Records
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Once the summers of love ended .....
28 August 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

One of the most disturbing and tragic periods in American history began. The members of the Summer of Love culture, at the end of the seventies and onset of the 80's, were eventually too old for love beads and all night parties and evolved back into mainstream life, whatever that meant. For those who could not out grow their youthful and sometimes irrational exuberance, their's was the culture of Wonderland. A love for drugs and a sense of entitlement coupled with a distaste for authority, values and "the establishment".

The sixties were a time of revolution and violent change that tore the American "house" apart. Once the battles were over, we all had to deal with the aftermath of the carnage. The characters in the Wonderland house are icons of the misfits of the Seventies; part biker, part hippie, part crook, all outcast. No ideology to express, just a sense of dissatisfaction with everything and allegiance to nothing. Ron, Billy and David fancy themselves as some sort of Robin Hoods with dope. They talk of love and behave violently; they take from the rich and sell to the misbegotten; they steal from everyone.

Holmes and company are the end result of a strange collision of anti-matter like sex, and drugs and rock & roll, when the lab technicians get bored and move on.

The film is skillfully directed and paced and captures the frenetic world of the drug fiends in their element. The fact that Holmes is a porn star is almost irrelevant. That story was told in "Boogie Nights". This is a story of a transitional and forgettable era.


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