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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:
... John
... Donner
Tony Epper ... Santa Claus
... Danny Cohen
... Homeless John
... Mikey
Joshua Schaefer ... David (as Josh Schaefer)
... Al
... Eli
Ruth Silver ... Tourist Mom
... Nikki
... X-Mas Junkie
... Mr. Popper (as Richard Timothy Jones)
... Paul Truman
... Manny Gould
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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 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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Rated R for strong sexual content and language, and for some violence and drug use | See all certifications »

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31 January 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Johns - katu antaa  »

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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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Trivia

Director Scott Silver researched his script by offering $20 to rent boys to tell him tales of their lives on the street. 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 »


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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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Johns: Very realistic in its portrayal of the hardships of street life.
9 December 1998 | by See all my reviews

Johns quite accurately portrays the nightmarish life of "kids" on the streets of Hollywood. There are indeed bright spots in life for these social outcasts, rare people like the angelic "Homeless John" or Richard Kind's "Paul," the gentlemanly concierge, but the recurring theme of mistrust is "on the money," as we say.

Having lived and/or worked in the Hollywood area for decades, everyone here can also solemnly assure people who do not live in Southern California, that, yes, it CAN be blindingly bright, hot and sunny in December in Hollywood, and yes, that bright glare off of the white stucco walls REALLY occurs, and yes, it IS depressing! Our reviewer has compared the Los Angeles of johns to Oran in The Plague by Camus; visually, the comparison is apt. Morally and spiritually it is perhaps even more apt.


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