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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:

With A Score This Dirty, Nobody Gets Away Clean. 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

Originally announced in 1998, the project at that time was going to star Michael Biehn (as John Holmes) and Tim Daly, with Nick Vallelonga in the director's chair. See more »

Goofs

When Billy Ward is interviewing Holmes, there is a scene leading into a flashback in which Holmes is shown with a freshly-lit cigarette. After the flashback, Holmes is shown with an unlit cigarette. See more »

Quotes

Ron Launius: Ah, you must be Barbara. You enjoying yourself?
Barbara Richardson: Yeah, this is the best party I've ever been to.
Ron Launius: Well it's only the beginning baby L.A. in the summer anything could happen right.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Card Sharks (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Spanish Moon
(1974)
Written by Lowell George (as Lowell T. George)
Performed by Robert Palmer
Published by Naked Snake Music
Courtesy of Island Records Ltd.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Kilmer proves he's bigger than most
17 March 2004 | by cecil_idiSee all my reviews

Val Kilmer... Love or loath him, sometimes he gets under the skin of a character and pulls out a performance that makes you go 'Hey! This guy is a GREAT actor!' He did in the leather pants of Jim in The Doors and he's done it again in the leather underpants of John.

Revolving around the fall and fall of uber porn king John Holmes, Kilmer strutts to his knees as we unravel one of the biggest murder mysteries hollywood has never solved for over twenty years, with Holmes the key suspect to a brutal Manson-style slaughter.

What Kilmer does so effortlessly is exhude the low-life of the celebrity, the do anything to anyone craving that overwhelms anyone who had it and then lost it. Go see him, you'll know what I mean.


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