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Wadd: The Life & Times of John C. Holmes (1999)

Friends, enemies, acquaintances, and family of porn star John Holmes recall their experiences with him, from his childhood to his eventual death from AIDS in 1988.

Director:

Wesley Emerson (as Cass Paley)

Writer:

Rodger Jacobs
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Adrain Linda Adrain ... Herself
Bill Amerson Bill Amerson ... Himself
Denise Amerson Denise Amerson ... Herself
Sean 'Duke' Amerson Sean 'Duke' Amerson ... Himself (as 'Duke' Amerson)
Paul Thomas Anderson ... Himself (as P.T. Anderson)
Tom Blake Tom Blake ... Himself (as Det. Tom Blake)
Bunny Bleu ... Herself
Paul Cambria Paul Cambria ... Himself
Bob Chinn ... Himself
Ilona Staller ... Herself (as Cicciolina)
David Clark David Clark ... Himself
Ron Coen Ron Coen ... Himself (as Hon. Ron Coen)
Dawn Schiller Dawn Schiller ... Herself (as Dawn)
Mitchell Egers Mitchell Egers ... Himself
Don Fernando Don Fernando ... Himself
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Storyline

Friends, enemies, acquaintances, and family of porn star John Holmes recall their experiences with him, from his childhood to his eventual death from AIDS in 1988.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated NC-17 for explicit sexual content | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

WADD: La vida y la época de John C. Holmes See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cassel Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In a 1999 interview with GettingIt webzine, when asked why there any shots of the fully erect penis of John Holmes in the theatrical documentary, director Wesley Emerson said, "I didn't think it was needed, and I basically cut it with a cable version in mind - like for HBO or something." See more »

Quotes

Mike Sager: [commenting of John Holmes being a police informant] It's ironic that here he is credited with single handedly bringing porn to people's attention, yet at the same time he was simultaneously having all these other stars busted. It's almost as if he was creating ground for himself to be the only living star.
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Alternate Versions

Edits, blank screens and fade outs were used to keep some dialogue in, but nudity and sex out in one version of the movie. The softcore (theatrical) version appears in the limited 2-disc DVD edition of Wonderland. VCA Interactive released a hardcore version of "Wadd" separately in a special edition DVD in 2002. See more »

Connections

References National Lampoon's Vacation (1983) See more »

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Fascinating piece of Americana. Recommended!
2 March 2000 | by Jens-28See all my reviews

For a documentary "Wadd" ain't so innovating, and maybe it's too long but still my eyes were glued to screen. I knew John was a cokefiend and involved in a mob hit but I didn't really knew he was vicious wife beater and a chronic liar/schizo that fed the cops info on pornproducers in the early 70's. "Wadd" isn't that pornographic (no penetration scenes) it's more of a tragic story of a not too bright kid with the world's biggest "tool". Lots of people from the adult industry are interviewed (Goldstein, Flynt, Sharon Mitchell, Ciccolina etc.) as you would expect but also cops, lawyers, journalists and guys like Paul "Boggie Nights" Anderson are included. I know it's almost impossible to make Holmes-docu that isn't interesting but "Wadd" is a fascinating and important portrait of a legend that some called The Elvis Of Pornography!


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