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Johns (1996)

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It's the day before Christmas, the day before John's 21st birthday. He's a prostitute on Santa Monica Blvd in L.A., and he wants to spend that night and the next day at the posh Park Plaza ... See full summary »

Director:

Scott Silver

Writer:

Scott Silver
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1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Arquette ... John
Lukas Haas ... Donner
Tony Epper Tony Epper ... Santa Claus
John C. McGinley ... Danny Cohen
Keith David ... Homeless John
Wilson Cruz ... Mikey
Joshua Schaefer Joshua Schaefer ... David (as Josh Schaefer)
Sydney Lassick ... Al
Chris Gartin ... Eli
Ruth Silver Ruth Silver ... Tourist Mom
Alanna Ubach ... Nikki
N'Bushe Wright ... X-Mas Junkie
Richard T. Jones ... Mr. Popper (as Richard Timothy Jones)
Richard Kind ... Paul Truman
Elliott Gould ... Manny Gould
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Storyline

It's the day before Christmas, the day before John's 21st birthday. He's a prostitute on Santa Monica Blvd in L.A., and he wants to spend that night and the next day at the posh Park Plaza Hotel. He's ripped off a local drug dealer to pay the bill, but as he's sleeping that morning, someone steals his shoes right off his feet, with the money in them. Meanwhile, Donner, a lad new to the streets, wants John to leave the city with him for Camelot, a theme park in Branson, MO, where they'll work as lifeguards. John spends the day trying to hustle the money for the hotel, avoid Jimmy the Warlock, keep his girl friend placated, and figure out how to deal with Donner's friendship. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content and language, and for some violence and drug use | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Filmed in 20 days in and around Hollywood. See more »

Quotes

Donner: I am not a prostitute. I am an entertainer. I do not go in for violence.
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Crazy Credits

The director would like to thank: ... and all the hustlers who shared their stories for $20 - John, Kurtis, Justin, Craig, John, Nikki, David, Scott, Sal and Sal. See more »

Connections

References True Grit (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Somatic Footing Overture
(1995)
Written by Lucky Me
Performed by Lucky Me
Courtesy of Will Records
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An Enjoyable Yarn
24 November 1999 | by Ben-162See all my reviews

For a film with such a controversial subject, Silver handles it with supreme maturity. Although twinges of sentimentality do exist (the brilliantly played 'angel') this adds to, rather than subtracts from, the powerful nature of the drama. And it is powerful. The characters, although some only ever reach the cardboard, two dimensional stage, are enjoyably refreshing - both Arquette and Haas give very good performances. My only real criticsm is the tension of the pick ups is overplayed - too many are either dangerous or violent (although I am unable to comment on the normal state of people in pick-up districts) and as such, by the end of the film a feeling of over tension seems to have been reached.

Apart from this, a well rounded and genuinely enjoyable film. Recommended.


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Official Sites:

First Look Pictures

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,789, 2 February 1997

Gross USA:

$50,789

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$50,789
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Bandeira Entertainment See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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