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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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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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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 »

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In the beginning of the movie a character is seen using a "brick" mobile phone. The first mobile phone (the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X) was brought on the market in 1983 and therefore such a phone couldn't be in use in 1981. See more »

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John Holmes: [to Dawn] I think we should just be friends until you're 20.
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"score recorded and mixed by Fredrik Sarhagen" is credited twice. See more »

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References Liquid Lips (1976) See more »

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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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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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