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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 »

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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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Details

Official Sites:

First Look Pictures

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Johns - Die Stricher von L.A. See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,789, 2 February 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$50,789, 2 February 1997
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Production Co:

Bandeira Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

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1.66 : 1
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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

Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
Written by Charles Brown
Performed by Charles Brown
Courtesy of Rounder Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Well-intentioned but very unsatisfying.
1 June 2004 | by xavrush89See all my reviews

The good acting by David Arquette surprised me, I'll admit. Too bad he and Lukas Haas' efforts in this film go unrewarded by a meandering script and barely developed secondary characters. The portrayal of life on the street was intriguing, but the turns of events didn't go anywhere, yet at the same same time the film's conclusion is inevitable. It's as if the director had Point A and Point B and called in some favors to get some name actors to improv scenes. It's sad that even in a modestly budgeted independent film like this, they filled the bill with heterosexual actors who got to be gay as a dramatic exercise, then went back to their heterosexual lives, while we can still count on one hand the number of openly gay actors working in movies and TV combined. You'd think a small film like this might have been an opportunity a gay actor or two. But noooooo, we already have our quota of openly gay actors on the lower rungs of the Hollywood ladder.

But even not taking that into account, the film is just okay at best. Not enough of a story, and even barring that, the dialogue in unmemorable. The only reason to watch is to see David Arquette in a new light, otherwise skip it.


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