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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.

Director:

James Cox

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Bosworth ... Dawn Schiller
Carrie Fisher ... Sally Hansen
Val Kilmer ... John Holmes
Kim Marriner Kim Marriner ... Reporter (as Kim Mariner)
Dylan McDermott ... David Lind
Michael Pitt ... Gopher (scenes deleted)
Alexis Dziena ... Gopher's Girlfriend (scenes deleted)
Karen LaKritz Karen LaKritz ... Bartender (as Karen Lakritz)
Steve Cox Steve Cox ... Guy at Bar
Josh Lucas ... Ron Launius
Louis Lombardi ... Slim Jim
Franky G ... Louis
Ted Levine ... Sam Nico
Russell Sams ... Cherokee
Chris Cioffi 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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Taglines:

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wonderland Murders See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During the production Val Kilmer became so immersed in the making of the film that he began a photography project which has blossomed into a behind-the-scenes pictorial book which he chose not to release. See more »

Goofs

When John is being interviewed/questioned by Billy Ward, the cigarette's length actually keeps changing from long to shorter then back again. 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 »

Connections

References Lou Grant (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Gloria
(1964)
Written by Van Morrison
Published by Unichappell Music Inc. (BMI) & Bernice Music Inc. (BMI)
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Once the summers of love ended .....
28 August 2004 | by jpileggi-1See 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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