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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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Scott Silver

Writer:

Scott Silver
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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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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Bandeira Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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 »

Connections

References True Grit (1969) See more »

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Worthy
(1995)
Written by Lucky Me
Performed by Lucky Me
Courtesy of Will Records
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sobering portrait of the male flesh trade
17 July 2001 | by thomandybishSee all my reviews

JOHNS offers little in the way of comfort for the viewer. Unlike other films that skirt around the subject of child and male prostitution(WHERE THE DAY TAKES YOU)or couch the subject in arty symbolism and metaphor(MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO)JOHNS gives an unflinching portrait of these boys and the clients who exploit them. David Arquette is John, a seasoned street hustler who reluctantly takes under his wing Donner(Lukas Haas)a runaway and novice prostitute. Despite his flaky demeanor, Arquette turns in a studied performance, and Haas does what he seems to do best, stand around looking sad and introspective. It's a world where violence can and does erupt at any moment and the hustlers count a successful day as one in which they've managed to live through. Moving without any sentimentality. Try it.


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