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Wonderland (2003)

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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

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Sally Hansen
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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)
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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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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) (3 October 2003)

Gross:

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

In the real life story, John did not call Eddie Nash after the robbery at his place. Rather, John was spotted by some of Nash's associates in Hollywood. They noticed that John was wearing some of the jewelry that was stolen in the robbery and told Nash about it. John was then accosted by two gunmen who then took him to Nash for questioning. See more »

Goofs

John drives a blue Chevrolet Chevelle. However, the year of the car changes from scene to scene. When picks Dawn up from Sally Hansen's home, when he drives away, you see the car has round tail lights, characteristic of a 1971 model. In the scene when he drives to see Eddie Nash, the car has the square tail lights of a 1972 model. See more »

Quotes

John Holmes: Okay Bill, I'm gonna tell you a story. It's a story called 'Wonderland'. Wonderland's the house everyone on the whole mountain hope's would burn down.
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"score recorded and mixed by Fredrik Sarhagen" is credited twice. See more »

Connections

References House Calls (1979) 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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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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