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Wonderland (2003)

In the police investigation of a brutal crime scene, one man was at the center of it all: legendary porn star John Holmes.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dawn Schiller
... Sally Hansen
... John Holmes
Kim Marriner ... Reporter (as Kim Mariner)
... David Lind
... Gopher (scenes deleted)
... Gopher's Girlfriend (scenes deleted)
Karen LaKritz ... Bartender (as Karen Lakritz)
Steve Cox ... Guy at Bar
... Ron Launius
... Slim Jim
... Louis
... Sam Nico
... Cherokee
Chris Cioffi ... Letterman Meathead
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John Holmes was a legend of the porn industry and revered in circles as a stud. But in 1981, years after his successful career and star fading, Holmes was a desperate man with his own internal demons to live up to. He's estranged from his wife, holding onto a relationship with his teenage mistress, and living as a junkie in search of his next fix. But one fateful night left four people dead and John as a key suspect in one of the most grisly murders in Los Angeles. Was he partly responsible for what happened at Wonderland Avenue? Written by monkeykingma

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With A Score This Dirty, Nobody Gets Away Clean. See more »


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Rated R for strong violence/grisly images, pervasive drug use and language, some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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24 October 2003 (USA)  »

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The Wonderland Murders  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$91,798, 5 October 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,060,512, 31 December 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,466,444
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In the climactic murder scene from the John Holmes perspective, there are several single-frame shots of the actual corpses from the 1981 LAPD crime scene photographs. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the movie, we are in Holmes' Chevelle driving towards the Wonderland apartment. The camera is inside the car and shows the rearview mirror was removed. See more »

Quotes

John Holmes: And those people at Wonderland? They'll never laugh at me again. They got theirs with a lead pipe, and I'm still here surviving.
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"score recorded and mixed by Fredrik Sarhagen" is credited twice. See more »

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References Card Sharks (1978) See more »

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La Grange
(1973)
Written by Billy Gibbons (as Billy F. Gibbons), Frank Beard and Dusty Hill
Performed by Wes Cunningham
Published by Songs of Mosaic (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Mosaic Music Publishing, LLC
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Once the summers of love ended .....
28 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

One of the most disturbing and tragic periods in American history began. The members of the Summer of Love culture, at the end of the seventies and onset of the 80's, were eventually too old for love beads and all night parties and evolved back into mainstream life, whatever that meant. For those who could not out grow their youthful and sometimes irrational exuberance, their's was the culture of Wonderland. A love for drugs and a sense of entitlement coupled with a distaste for authority, values and "the establishment".

The sixties were a time of revolution and violent change that tore the American "house" apart. Once the battles were over, we all had to deal with the aftermath of the carnage. The characters in the Wonderland house are icons of the misfits of the Seventies; part biker, part hippie, part crook, all outcast. No ideology to express, just a sense of dissatisfaction with everything and allegiance to nothing. Ron, Billy and David fancy themselves as some sort of Robin Hoods with dope. They talk of love and behave violently; they take from the rich and sell to the misbegotten; they steal from everyone.

Holmes and company are the end result of a strange collision of anti-matter like sex, and drugs and rock & roll, when the lab technicians get bored and move on.

The film is skillfully directed and paced and captures the frenetic world of the drug fiends in their element. The fact that Holmes is a porn star is almost irrelevant. That story was told in "Boogie Nights". This is a story of a transitional and forgettable era.


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