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Wonderland -- 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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The '80s - unplugged. The murders - unveiled. The legend - unzipped. See more »
Plot:
In the police investigation of a brutal crime scene, one man was at the center of it all: legendary porn star John Holmes. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Rashomon meets Boogie Nights to produce an interesting if imperfect 'job gone wrong' crime biopic See more (152 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kate Bosworth ... Dawn Schiller

Carrie Fisher ... Sally Hansen

Val Kilmer ... John Holmes
Kim Marriner ... Reporter (as Kim Mariner)

Dylan McDermott ... David Lind

Michael Pitt ... Gopher (scenes deleted)

Alexis Dziena ... Gopher's Girlfriend (scenes deleted)
Karen LaKritz ... Bartender (as Karen Lakritz)
Steve Cox ... Guy at Bar

Josh Lucas ... Ron Launius

Louis Lombardi ... Slim Jim

Franky G ... Louis

Ted Levine ... Sam Nico

Russell Sams ... Cherokee
Chris Cioffi ... Letterman Meathead

Tim Blake Nelson ... Billy Deverell

Janeane Garofalo ... Joy Miller

Natasha Gregson Wagner ... Barbara Richardson
David Solomini ... Guy at Party

Stephanie Roth Haberle ... Biker Girl (as Stephanie Roth)

Scoot McNairy ... Jack
Julianne Steiger ... Janet
Tess Parker ... Chrissy
George Leonardopoulos ... Tommy Conway (as George Leonarpopoulas)

Christina Applegate ... Susan Launius

Faizon Love ... Greg Diles

Eric Bogosian ... Eddie Nash

Joleigh Fioravanti ... Alexa (as Joliegh Pulsonetti)

Michelle Borth ... Sonia

Chris Ellis ... Captain Nimziki

Lisa Kudrow ... Sharon Holmes

M.C. Gainey ... Billy Ward

Joel Michaely ... Bruce (scenes deleted)

Paris Hilton ... Barbie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jeff Bonilla ... Police Officer #1 (uncredited)

Carl Ciarfalio ... Hit Man #1 (uncredited)

Scott Conley ... Police Officer #2 (uncredited)
Nick Danger ... Himself (uncredited)

Frank Gallegos ... Motel Manager (uncredited)

Robert Gallo ... Flasher (uncredited)

Barrett Gregory ... Security Guard (uncredited)

John Holmes ... Johnny Wadd (archive footage) (uncredited)

Max ... Thor - Dawn's Chihuahua (uncredited)
Louis E. Rosas ... Street Person (uncredited)

Directed by
James Cox 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
James Cox (written by) &
Captain Mauzner (written by) and
Todd Samovitz (written by) &
D. Loriston Scott (written by)

Produced by
Peter Block .... executive producer
Michael Burns .... executive producer
Marc Butan .... executive producer
Randall Emmett .... executive producer
Allen Fischer .... associate producer
Ali Forman .... co-producer
George Furla .... executive producer
Peter Kleidman .... executive producer
Captain Mauzner .... associate producer
Tom Ortenberg .... executive producer
Michael Paseornek .... producer
Scott Putman .... co-producer
Dawn Schiller .... associate producer
James Townsend .... associate producer
Holly Wiersma .... producer
Julie Yorn .... executive producer
Rick Rosenthal .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Cliff Martinez (music by)
 
Cinematography by
Michael Grady (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jeff McEvoy (edited by)
 
Casting by
Barbara Fiorentino (casting by)
Rebecca Mangieri (casting by)
 
Production Design by
Franco-Giacomo Carbone 
 
Art Direction by
John Zachary 
 
Set Decoration by
Jason Howard 
 
Costume Design by
Kate Healey 
Maryam Malakpour 
 
Makeup Department
Sallie Ciganovich .... additional hair stylist
Tarra D. Day .... makeup department head (as Tarra Day)
Sharisse Fine .... hair department head (as Sharisse Fine-Kekone)
Jonathan Hanousek .... hair stylist: to Lisa Kudrow (as Jonathon Hanouseh)
Myke Michaels .... special makeup effects
Giotis Panayiotou .... hair stylist: Val Kilmer (as Yiotis Panayiotuo)
Vito Trotta .... hair department head
Richard Wetzel .... additional makeup artist
Tarra D. Day .... makeup artist: Mr. Kilmer (uncredited)
Michelle Rene Elam .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Adruitha Lee .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Ted Gidlow .... production supervisor
Carl Pedregal .... post production supervisor
Scott Putman .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kyle LeMire .... second second assistant director
Amy Schmidt .... second assistant director (as Amy J. Schmidt)
Luke Scully .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Gregory Paul Austin .... carpenter (as Greg Austin)
Mike Barry .... carpenter
Garett M. Bogrand-Salzer .... carpenter (as Garett Salzer)
Mark Burgess .... utility construction
Dave Bush .... buyer (as Dave L. Bush)
Claudia Carey .... art department coordinator
Carrie Carpenter .... prop assistant
Chris Coakley .... set painter
Vanessa Couron .... set dresser
Adrian Culshaw .... paint gang boss
Adrian Encinas .... carpenter
Lilly Frank .... assistant property master (as Kristin 'Lilly' Frank)
Barry Grant .... paint foreman
Derrick Hinman .... additional property
Lisa Keller .... set painter (as Lisa W. Keller)
Jeanne Kukor .... set dresser
Tommy Lewis .... on set dresser
Wayne Lindholm .... construction coordinator
Jeffrey M. O'Brien .... property master
Sean O'Connell .... set dresser (as Sean P. O'Connell)
Chris Prynoski .... designer: "Divee the Loot" sequence
Jeffrey Rothrock .... carpenter
Jonathan S. Rudnick .... set dresser (as Jonathan Steven Rundnick)
Caron M. Salzar .... construction production assistant (as Caron M. Salzer)
Georgia Schwab .... prop assistant
Daron Smith .... construction foreman (as Daron Wayne Smith)
Kimberly Wannop .... art department assistant
Pete Washburn .... leadman
Chris Clark .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Steve Arcabascio .... utility sound technician
Mark Binder .... re-recording mixer
Mark Binder .... sound designer
Mark Binder .... sound supervisor
Sheldon M. Bridge .... sound assistant: post production
Garrett Cloran .... sound assistant: post production
Mark Coffey .... digital sound assistant
Reginald Dunn .... sound operator (as Reggie Dunn)
Brian Emrich .... sound designer
Jack Ford .... audio engineer
Patrick Giraudi .... dialogue pre-dub mixer
Shawn Kennelly .... foley mixer
Shawn Ian Kerkhoff .... adr editor
Shawn Ian Kerkhoff .... assistant sound editor
Shawn Ian Kerkhoff .... dialogue editor
Mark Lanza .... sound effects editor (as Mark A. Lanza)
Laura Macias .... foley artist
Steven Morrow .... sound mixer (as Steve Morrow)
Don O'Connor .... audio engineer
Jesse Pomeroy .... adr editor
Jesse Pomeroy .... dialogue editor
Erin Michael Rettig .... audio engineer (as Erin Rettig)
Joan Rowe .... foley artist
Sean Rowe .... foley artist
Nick Shaffer .... foley editor
Andy Sisul .... digital sound assistant (as Andrew Simon Sisul)
Paul Stanley .... sound coordinator: post production
Chris Navarro .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Rod O'Brien .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
J.D. Streett .... special effects coordinator
Tom Seymour .... special effects foreman (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Jim Bartoo .... digital asset manager: Lions Gate Entertainment
Steve Caldwell .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects
Harold De Jesus .... digital artist: The Image Resolution
Mark Dornfeld .... visual effects supervisor: Custom Film Effects
David Emerson .... optical line-up: The Image Resolution (as Dave Emerson)
Michele Ferrone .... visual effects producer: Custom Film Effects
David M. Garber .... visual effects producer: The Image Resolution
Adam Gass .... digital production supervisor: Custom Film Effects
R.J. Harbour .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects (as RJ Harbour)
Shaina Holmes .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects
Bernice Howes .... visual effects producer: Hunter/Sauleda (as Bernice Briggs)
Laurie Hunter .... visual effects designer: Hunter/Sauleda
Thayer Jester .... executive producer: The Image Resolution
David McCue .... optical camera: The Image Resolution (as Dave McCue)
Leilani McHugh .... optical line-up: The Image Resolution
Lori C. Miller .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects (as Lori Miller)
Aki Morishima .... scanning: Hunter/Sauleda
Brad Moylan .... digital artist: The Image Resolution
L. Elizabeth Powers .... digital supervisor: Custom Film Effects (as Laurie Powers)
Elisa Sauleda .... visual effects designer: Hunter/Sauleda
Kevin Shawley .... digital artist: The Image Resolution
David Smithson .... data wrangler: Custom Film Effects
Martha Soehendra .... digital artist: The Image Resolution
Marcel Valcarce .... digital artist: The Image Resolution
Paul Walsleben .... after effects: Hunter/Sauleda
Randall Weatherington .... scanning & recording: The Image Resolution
Amani Williams .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects
 
Stunts
Chuck Borden .... stunt coordinator
Carl Ciarfalio .... utility stunts
Cheryl Rusa .... utility stunts
Jeff Sanders .... utility stunts
Chester E. Tripp III .... utility stunts (as Chester Tripp)
Chester E. Tripp III .... stunt double: Josh Lucas (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Victor Abbene .... best boy electrician
Albert Aguilar .... grip
Casey Alicino .... grip (as Casey Alisinio)
Marc Carter .... "b" camera first assistant
Kenneth Cooper .... best boy rigging electric (as Ken Cooper)
Derek K. Cunningham .... grip (as Derek Cunningham)
Richard Foreman Jr. .... additional still photographer (as Richard Foreman)
Luis Gonzales .... electrician
J. Michael Haynes .... electrician
Colin Hudson .... steadicam operator
Aubrey Husar .... key grip (as Aubrey Boytos)
Louis Isman .... best boy grip (as Louis 'Lucky' Isman)
Tomoka Izumi .... camera loader (as Tomoka 'Tommy' Izumi)
Ben Kaller .... still photographer
Scott Allen Martinez .... "b" camera second assistant
James M. McEwen .... chief lighting technician (as James McEwen)
Gary Molyneux .... additional dolly grip
Vanessa Morehouse .... "a" camera second assistant
Brian Giuseppe Morena .... "a" camera first assistant
Paul Postal .... rigging gaffer
Patrick Rousseau .... "b" camera operator
Roger Schwitzer .... 24 frame playback
John Spezzano .... dolly grip
David Yellin .... electrician
Randall James Bol .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Andreas Burgess .... electrician (uncredited)
Chris Pavlu .... electrician (uncredited)
Patrick Rousseau .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Joel A. Ruiz .... electrician (uncredited)
David Yellin .... gaffer: second unit (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Ariel Martian .... animator: "Divee the Loot" sequence
Shannon Barrett Prynoski .... animator: "Divee the Loot" sequence (as Shannon Barrett)
 
Casting Department
Chad Darnell .... extra casting associate: Central Casting
Shannon Makhanian .... additional casting by
Georgia Simon .... adr voice casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marcy Craig .... costumer
Marvlyn Harrison .... wardrobe assistant (as Marvlyn Ann Harrison)
Katherine Huang .... assistant: to Maryam Malakpour
Jewles .... wardrobe intern
Johnny .... wardrobe intern
Paula Lynn Kaatz .... costume supervisor (as Paula Kaatz)
Terri Middleton .... set costumer
Kristin Persson .... set costumer (as Kristin M. Persson)
Maryam Malakpour .... costume consultant: Mr. Kilmer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Tara Cirone Alvino .... post production assistant (as Tara Cirone)
Kenny Becker .... color timer: DeLuxe
Kelly Cavill .... post production assistant
Kyle Eliason .... post production assistant
Jennifer Hwang .... post production coordinator
David Kessler .... post production assistant
Matt Miller .... first assistant editor
Jessica Roberts .... post production assistant
 
Music Department
Matt Aberle .... music supervisor
David Falzone .... music supervisor
Joel C. High .... music supervisor
Charles B. Kim .... composer: additional music (as Charles Kim)
Michael A. Levine .... composer: additional music (as Michael Levine)
Brian Richards .... music editor
Fredrik Sarhagen .... score mixer
Fredrik Sarhagen .... score recordist
Jack Sherman .... musician: guitar
Mark Skillingberg .... assistant music editor
Stephanie Lynn Urcheck .... music coordinator
Michael Glenn Williams .... musician: piano (as Michael Williams)
 
Transportation Department
Chris Arnold .... driver
Corey Askins .... transportation coordinator
Hedy Phil Balani .... driver (as Hedy Balani)
Bill Benedict .... driver
Troy Bridenstine .... driver
Robert Chookhachian .... driver
Fred Culbertson .... driver
Timothy 'Toes' Erwin .... picture vehicle coordinator
Greg Gaulrapp .... driver
Vincent Blair Giordano .... driver
Ross W. Holzer .... driver
Kevin McBride .... transportation captain
Guy Michaels .... driver
Chris Miller .... driver
Kevin Norwood .... driver
Robert Russello .... driver
William Smallwood .... driver
David Torgerson .... driver
Gregg Willis .... driver (as Gregory Willis)
James Young .... driver
 
Other crew
Cassandra Barbour .... rights and clearances: Entertainment Clearances
Braden Bowen .... set production assistant (as Brady D. Bowen)
Scott Byrns .... accounting assistant
Marika Cahn .... assistant: to Ms. Kudrow
Kaylene Carlson .... production coordinator
Bob Chinn .... Johnny Wadd character name and footage courtesy of
Bob Chinn .... technical advisor
Marjorie Chodorov .... production accountant
Sarah Clifford .... animal trainer (as Sarah J. Clifford)
Yannini Diaz .... international publicist
Elizabeth Dixon .... business and legal affairs assistant: Lions Gate Entertainment (as Elizabeth Mary Dixon)
Shawn Driscoll .... stand-in: Val Kilmer
Tillie Dunn .... craft service
Ian Elias .... set production assistant
Melissa Elliott .... in-show titles: The Image Resolution
Wesley Emerson .... consultant (as Cass Paley)
Nils Grevilius .... weapons training
David Harari .... set production assistant
Mark Harrington .... financing provided by: Netexis Banques Populaires
Sharon Holmes .... consultant
David Hutkin .... vice president: Imperial Capital Bank
Steve Ignash .... set production assistant
Richard Jordan .... executive vice president of physical operations: Lions Gate Entertainment
Dillon Kastner .... set production assistant
Farah Khan .... assistant: to Ms. Wiersma
Carey Kienitz .... first assistant accountant
Lizette Kilmer .... production office assistant (as Lizette Jaimes)
Brian M. Kingman .... insurance provided by: AON/Albert G. Ruben Insurance Services (as Brian Kingman)
Lisa Marie Kurbikoff .... crime scene photos (as Lisa Marie Kubikoff)
Wayne Lamkay .... production secretary (as Wayne A. Lamkay)
James Land .... utility stand-in
Rosemary Lara .... assistant: to Mr. Paseornek
Wayne Levin .... executive vice president of business affairs: Lions Gate Entertainment
Chris Libby .... unit publicity: mPRm Public Relations
Brandon Linville .... accounting clerk
Daniel MacArthur .... production coordinator: Lions Gate Entertainment
Roland Manarin .... production office assistant
Cam Mason .... assistant: to Mr. Butan
Jeff McEvoy .... main title designer: The Image Resolution
Robert M. Melnik .... senior vice president of business affairs: Lions Gate Entertainment (as Robert Melnik)
Ricky Mendez .... set production assistant
Christopher Miller .... location manager
Curtis A. Miller .... manager of production: Lions Gate Entertainment
Christi Neubeiser .... assistant location manager
Nila Neukum .... script supervisor
Jacqueline Nusco .... assistant production coordinator
Peyma Parhami .... financing provided by: Netexis Banques Populaires
Bennett Pozil .... financing provided by: Netexis Banques Populaires
Emily Rice .... post production accountant
Tanya Ruby .... stand-in: Kate Bosworth
Tiffany Ryan .... assistant: to Mr. High
Laura Sevier .... rights and clearances: Entertainment Clearances
David Shay .... assistant: to Mr. Kilmer
Donna Sloan .... senior vice president of production: Lions Gate Entertainment
Paul Townsend Cottrell .... set medic
Mike Upton .... production consultant
Charlyn Ware .... manager of business and legal affairs: Lions Gate Entertainment
James Zemelman .... senior vice president of business and legal affairs: Lions Gate Entertainment
Alex Ander .... cutting room assistant (uncredited)
Genie Babcock .... additional script supervisor (uncredited)
Sammy Goldsmith .... assistant to director (uncredited)
Kathleen LaGue .... double: Lisa Kudrow (uncredited)
Michael Lawson .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Warner Loughlin .... acting coach (uncredited)
Pascual Romero .... publicity and promotions (uncredited)
Rony Shino .... location scout (uncredited)
Marcel Valcarce .... artist: main titles (uncredited)
Ronald Warner .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Ali Alborzi .... the producers and director wish to thank
Chris Andrews .... the producers and director wish to thank
Angela Angeli .... special thanks
Polly Anthony .... special thanks
John Baldi .... special thanks
Tim Bamford .... special thanks
Doug Banker .... special thanks
Martin J. Barab .... the producers and director wish to thank (as Marty Barab)
Laurie Bartlett .... the producers and director wish to thank
Michelle Belcher .... special thanks
John Bisell .... the producers and director wish to thank
Michael Bohan .... the producers and director wish to thank
Armen Boladian .... special thanks
Robert Bristol .... the producers and director wish to thank
Glen Brunman .... special thanks
Michael Burns .... the producers and director wish to thank (as Michael Barns)
Cornelius Cahir .... the producers and director wish to thank
Jack Chalk .... the producers and director wish to thank
Linda Chelgren .... special thanks
Giles Clarke .... the producers and director wish to thank (as Giles Clark)
Hnr. Ronald Coen .... the producers and director wish to thank
Francis Ford Coppola .... the producers and director wish to thank
John Cousins .... special thanks
Glen D'Souza .... special thanks
Kat Darnell-Duffy .... special thanks (as Kat Darnell)
Dominick Dunne .... the producers and director wish to thank (as Dominic Dunne)
Mike Elliott .... the producers and director wish to thank
Sean Elliott .... the producers and director wish to thank (as Sean Elliot)
Arielle Elwes .... the producers and director wish to thank
Cassian Elwes .... the producers and director wish to thank
Lucie Elwes .... the producers and director wish to thank
Paula Erickson .... special thanks
Robert Evans .... the producers and director wish to thank (as Bob Evans)
Todd Feldman .... the producers and director wish to thank
George Fernon .... special thanks
Bernie Fishbach .... special thanks
Michael Flynn .... the producers and director wish to thank
Joseph P. Genier .... the producers and director wish to thank (as Joe Genier)
Elizabeth George .... special thanks
Mark Gill .... the producers and director wish to thank
Conrad Goode .... the producers and director wish to thank
Andy Gould .... special thanks
Andy Gould .... the producers and director wish to thank
Dominic Griffin .... special thanks
Barry Harvey .... special thanks
Paulette Hawkins .... special thanks
Scott Howard .... the producers and director wish to thank
Adriana Iragorri .... special thanks
Ramses Ishak .... the producers and director wish to thank
Tad Jacobs .... the producers and director wish to thank
Jade .... dedicatee
Jennifer Jesperson .... special thanks
Chris Johnson .... special thanks
Hillary Kahn .... special thanks
Karol Kamin .... special thanks (as Karol Kamen)
Craig Kestel .... the producers and director wish to thank
Kevin Koloff .... special thanks
Jillian Kugler .... the producers and director wish to thank
Jeff Kwatinetz .... the producers and director wish to thank (as Jeff Kwantinetz)
Scott Lambert .... the producers and director wish to thank
David Landau .... special thanks
Billy Lazarus .... the producers and director wish to thank
Fred Leopold .... the producers and director wish to thank
Avi Lerner .... the producers and director wish to thank
Linda Liang .... the producers and director wish to thank
Pamela Lillis .... special thanks (as Pamela Lillig)
George Lopez .... the producers and director wish to thank
Tom Lopinski .... special thanks
Michael Mann .... the producers and director wish to thank
Al Masocco .... special thanks
Susan Matheson .... the producers and director wish to thank
Gordon Michaels .... the producers and director wish to thank
Simon Millar .... the producers and director wish to thank
Theresa Musser .... special thanks
Sam Nazarian .... the producers and director wish to thank
'Baby' Nelson .... the producers and director wish to thank
Lisa Nelson .... the producers and director wish to thank
Brent Norensberg .... the producers and director wish to thank
A.J. Novello .... the producers and director wish to thank (as AJ Novello)
Jason P. .... the producers and director wish to thank
Howard Paar .... the producers and director wish to thank (as Howard Parr)
Kim Painter .... the producers and director wish to thank
Karen Pals .... special thanks
Nicholas Pappas .... special thanks (as Nick Pappas)
Debbie Patton .... special thanks
Jane Peterer .... special thanks
Richard Picerni .... the producers and director wish to thank
Jon Podell .... the producers and director wish to thank (as Jonny Podell)
Randee Price .... the producers and director wish to thank (as Randy Price)
Tonya Puerto .... special thanks
Paul Rahbar .... the producers and director wish to thank
J. Ralph .... the producers and director wish to thank
Dru Ranson .... the producers and director wish to thank
Dave Read .... special thanks (as Dave Reid)
Terry Reid .... special thanks
Heather Reynolds .... the producers and director wish to thank
Mr. Riggins .... the producers and director wish to thank
Scott Rosenberg .... the producers and director wish to thank
Rick Rosenthal .... the producers and director wish to thank
Shani Rosenzweig .... the producers and director wish to thank
David Rosner .... special thanks
Jonathan Rosner .... special thanks
Andrew Ross .... special thanks
Tino Rubano .... the producers and director wish to thank
Elie Samaha .... the producers and director wish to thank
Jack Sargent .... special thanks
Sara Jane Sargent .... special thanks
Daniel Saunders .... the producers and director wish to thank
Jordan Scher .... the producers and director wish to thank
Don Schneider .... the producers and director wish to thank
Donna Sloan .... the producers and director wish to thank
Scott Smith .... the producers and director wish to thank
Rob Spallone .... the producers and director wish to thank
Julia St. Vincent .... the producers and director wish to thank
Stacy Steineckert .... the producers and director wish to thank (as Stacy Stienekert)
John Thompson .... the producers and director wish to thank
Robert Towne .... the producers and director wish to thank
Adam Venit .... the producers and director wish to thank
Stevens Weiss .... special thanks
Scott Wexler .... the producers and director wish to thank
Zac Wheatcroft .... the producers and director wish to thank: Bias
Daisy Wu .... the producers and director wish to thank
Erin Zelle .... the producers and director wish to thank
 
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Rated R for strong violence/grisly images, pervasive drug use and language, some sexuality/nudity
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Trivia:
During the production Val Kilmer became so immersed in the making of the film that he began a photography project which has blossomed into a behind-the-scenes pictorial book which he chose not to release.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Sam Nico:[arguing after John's told his side of the Wonderland story] Four people get their heads bashed in and there's not a single witness? No, no, he was in that house as sure as Christ was on the cross. He did it! John Holmes killed all four of those people by himself! There were 38 sets of different prints lifted.
Billy Ward:Any one of which could be our guy!
Sam Nico:Including a left hand palm print, palm down, on the bed rail not two feet from Ron Lanius' head.
Billy Ward:Wait a minute. Are you trying to tell me you think he swung the pipe?
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29 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
Rashomon meets Boogie Nights to produce an interesting if imperfect 'job gone wrong' crime biopic, 29 September 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

John Holmes was the worlds' biggest porn star in all senses of the world, however after the fame came a basic life of drugs and crime to get by. One such job was a robbery and murders at Laurel Canyon in 1981. With the police investigating the violent aftermath of the robbery, they take in David Lind who tells them a story of how Holmes set up the whole job and how the planned robbery of 'The Arab' turned out to be a robbery of kingpin Eddie Nash, leading to Nash's revenge killing of the gang except Lind. However, bringing Holmes in for questioning they get told an entirely different story.

With an intriguing and stylish trailer, I was looking forward to the film and, despite it coming and going quickly in the cinema I managed to catch it on DVD. I'm not sure of the true John Holmes story and, after this film I'm none the wiser about the truth or even basic facts. The film plays with the truth in the same way as Rashomon (or for fanboys – Hero) does, having the same story told several different ways by different characters. In a way this does enough to keep the story moving and keeps it interesting enough to watch, with the brutal 'truth' being a very difficult scene to watch, however as a total story it is unsatisfying. Attempts to bring in issues around John's relationship with Sharon felt too rushed and didn't work, likewise his relationship with Dawn wasn't very well handled. With four writers on the job, it is easy to see some of this as compromise but this doesn't excuse it. With so many half-delivered characters and threads in the film it is forced to do about 7 or 8 text cards at the end to explain what happened to everyone – while this was interesting it does show the failure in the film that these things should have been better woven into the film; as it was it felt like it had left more than half the story until these cards.

However, side issues aside the main plot about the job really does work very well and the Rashomon approach does work well to keep the interest – a straight telling would have lost this element and also made for a less engaging film. If the characters had been better and the attempts at wider themes and subjects had actually worked better than they did then this would have been a much better film, but this is no Boogie Nights and the attempts at a bigger picture simply don't come together. This is not the fault of the cast though, as they all do pretty well even if some of them are given practically nothing to work with. Kilmer is good with what he has and, when allowed to, manages to bring really sorrow to Holmes in a convincing manner.

Bosworth isn't so good and I never bought her once – certainly her performance made the jump to Dawn's actions 6 months after this story ended seem impossible and I got the feeling that she had just played it all wrong.

Kudrow takes yet another step away from Friends and who would have thought that she would be the one to carve out a career outside of her character? She is given precious little time but she matches her makeup and comes across as hurt and weary. Nelson and Lucas are both good but I was more surprised by McDermott, who was good and almost unrecognisable. Fisher's involvement is a mystery to me and her early scene could have been removed without any loss. Bogosian fits his character perfectly and Garofalo is in there if you look hard, but again you have to wonder why she bothered. Paris Hilton turns up as a ditzy blonde bimbo trading on her looks – a role that didn't seem to be too much of a stretch for her in the few seconds she was on screen (why the film cheapened itself with her involvement is beyond me).

Overall this is an interesting and engaging film that works well as a crime thriller crossed with a Rashomon telling. However the attempts to open the story out and involve wider issues from Holmes' life pretty much all fall flat, leaving the film feeling half-cooked and rather unsatisfying, with a lot of loose ends that need to be tied up as the final credits wait to roll.

Worth seeing but not as good as it really could have been.

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