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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sally Hansen
Kim Marriner ...
Reporter (as Kim Mariner)
Gopher (scenes deleted)
Gopher's Girlfriend (scenes deleted)
Karen LaKritz ...
Bartender (as Karen Lakritz)
Steve Cox ...
Guy at Bar
Slim Jim
Chris Cioffi ...
Letterman Meathead


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 »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

24 October 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Wonderland Murders  »

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Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


£84,345 (UK) (7 May 2004)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


Ron Launius: Put it away, John. The whole party didn't come here to see your cock.
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Crazy Credits

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


References Little House on the Prairie (1974) See more »


Gloria/In Excelsis Deo
Written by Van Morrison and Patti Smith
Performed by Patti Smith
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24 May 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

May 2004, Wonderland is fairly new in the UK. Brilliant film of a brutal true story. If you know LA from the early 80's, you will appreciate how well it is captured. The use of the elements which make up its gritty cinematic style is original, amplifying the experience and bringing the viewer very close to actually being there. The use of a disjointed 'Pulp Fiction' style time line allows exploration of the uncertainty concerning what really happened, while the direction and performances of the cast command attention, especially Val Kilmer as John Holmes; an Oscar for sure if I were handing them out.

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