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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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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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The '80s - unplugged. The murders - unveiled. The legend - unzipped. 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)  »

Also Known As:

The Wonderland Murders  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

£84,345 (UK) (7 May 2004)
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Trivia

In the movie, Val Kilmer (as John Holmes) wears a chain around his neck that holds a ring. The ring is was the actual wedding band that John Holmes gave his wife, Sharon, when they got married in 1965. Sharon loaned it to Val to give him good luck on the movie. When the movie was over, Sharon then gave the ring to Dawn Schiller. 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

Dawn: I want to leave a message. "John, this is Dawn. Some Holy Roller picked me up. Come fuckin' get me."
Answering Service Operator: [voice] I'm sorry Miss, I can't give him that message.
Dawn: OK. How about: "John, this is Dawn. Come and get me, cock sucker?"
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Wadd: The Life & Times of John C. Holmes (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Girls on Film
(1981)
Written by Nick Rhodes, Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Roger Taylor and Andy Taylor
Performed by Duran Duran
Published by Gloucester Place Music, Ltd./EMI Music Publishing (PRS)
Courtesy of EMI Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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One fantastic movie!
17 February 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

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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