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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

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Kim Marriner ...
Reporter (as Kim Mariner)
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Gopher (scenes deleted)
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Gopher's Girlfriend (scenes deleted)
Karen LaKritz ...
Bartender (as Karen Lakritz)
Steve Cox ...
Guy at Bar
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Slim Jim
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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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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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Release Date:

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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Matt Dillon was the first choice to play John Holmes but dropped out to direct his movie City of Ghosts (2002). See more »

Goofs

When John returns to Dawn he sits down on the bed with a six-pack of Budweiser. The cans are of contemporary type and not the straight cylindrical type of the 1980s. See more »

Quotes

Ron Launius: John Holmes, this is my business partner David Lind.
John Holmes: Hey, what's up? Now, the deal with the Arab is...
Ron Launius: John. This is my business partner, Dave.
John Holmes: Oh. Cool. Hey. So, I was just telling Ronny about this business prostitution that I got about this Arab who is a really wealthy businessman and he calls me brother and he literally has mountains of cash... and drugs.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References The Night Stalker (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Girls on Film
(1981)
Written by Nick Rhodes, Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Roger Taylor and Andy Taylor
Performed by Duran Duran
Published by Gloucester Place Music, Ltd./EMI Music Publishing (PRS)
Courtesy of EMI Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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brilliant
24 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

May 2004, Wonderland is fairly new in the UK. Brilliant film of a brutal true story. If you know LA from the early 80's, you will appreciate how well it is captured. The use of the elements which make up its gritty cinematic style is original, amplifying the experience and bringing the viewer very close to actually being there. The use of a disjointed 'Pulp Fiction' style time line allows exploration of the uncertainty concerning what really happened, while the direction and performances of the cast command attention, especially Val Kilmer as John Holmes; an Oscar for sure if I were handing them out.


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