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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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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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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 »

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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

Ron Launius: John Holmes, this is my business partner David Lind.
John Holmes: Hey, what's up? Now, the deal with the Arab is...
Ron Launius: John. This is my business partner, Dave.
John Holmes: Oh. Cool. Hey. So, I was just telling Ronny about this business prostitution that I got about this Arab who is a really wealthy businessman and he calls me brother and he literally has mountains of cash... and drugs.
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"score recorded and mixed by Fredrik Sarhagen" is credited twice. See more »

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Features Eruption (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Spanish Moon
(1974)
Written by Lowell George (as Lowell T. George)
Performed by Robert Palmer
Published by Naked Snake Music
Courtesy of Island Records Ltd.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Not too Bad..
28 February 2004 | by (San Jose, CA) – See all my reviews

I've read many negative reviews of this movie and finally got a chance to see it on DVD. To be honest I really don't know what the problem with it is.

It's a decent murder mystery thriller, shown from various points of view, from an eccentric cast of often drugged out potential killers/suspects, including the late porn king, John Holmes. Please read the plot synopsis for the exact details of the movie's plot - I wish to contribute more to a review than a synopsis.

Many reviewers went so far to give this movie their lowest rating due to violence but I really don't see it. MANY modern movies were worse - Saving Private Ryan was ultimately more violent than this movie, which often relies on implied blood stains than actual brutal slayings (the murders depicted in this film were done with lead pipes, afterall).

I was enthralled with both halves of the movie - the first showing John Holmes as a hopeless cash hungry drug addict, and the second half showing his side as a minor conspirator in a senseless bloodbath. The movie has excellent acting, even though Dylan McDemorant looks more than a bit out of place in his biker-esque personia and goatee'ed bad boy personality.

The soundtrack was also awesome - a fantastic mix of 70's B-side rock and obscure pop, spread out over a couple of hours in all the right places ala Boogie Nights.


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