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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

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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Storyline

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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The '80s - unplugged. The murders - unveiled. The legend - unzipped. 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)  »

Also Known As:

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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Trivia

Both Josh Lucas and Val Kilmer spent the night in the actual Wonderland house on the anniversary of the murders. See more »

Goofs

When John leaves the hotel the night before the murders,he tells Dawn to lock up after him. She closes the safety lock. When John comes back early the next morning, he lets himself in. See more »

Quotes

Sam Nico: [arguing after John's told his side of the Wonderland story] Four people get their heads bashed in and there's not a single witness? No, no, he was in that house as sure as Christ was on the cross. He did it! John Holmes killed all four of those people by himself! There were 38 sets of different prints lifted.
Billy Ward: Any one of which could be our guy!
Sam Nico: Including a left hand palm print, palm down, on the bed rail not two feet from Ron Lanius' head.
Billy Ward: Wait a minute. Are you trying to tell me you think he ...
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Crazy Credits

"score recorded and mixed by Fredrik Sarhagen" is credited twice. See more »

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References Fighting Trouble (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo)
(1967)
Written by Bob Dylan
Performed by Bob Dylan
Published by Dwarf Music
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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One fantastic movie!
17 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

I didn't expect Val Kilmer to make a convincing John Holmes, but I found myself forgetting that it wasn't the porn legend himself. In fact, the entire cast turned in amazing performances in this vastly under-rated movie.

As some have mentioned earlier, seek out the two-disc set and watch the "Wadd" documentary first; it will give you a lot of background on the story which will be helpful in appreciating the movie.

Some people seem unhappy about the LAPD crime scene video being included on the DVD. There are a number of reasons that it might have been included, one of which is that John Holmes' trial for the murders was the first ever in the United States where such footage was used by the prosecution. If you don't want to see it, it's easy to avoid; it's clearly identified as "LAPD Crime Scene Footage" on the menu!


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