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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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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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Louis
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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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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:

$91,798 (USA) (5 October 2003)

Gross:

$1,056,102 (USA) (30 November 2003)
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Trivia

Lions Gate was not sure how to market this film due to the significant drug content, intermittent porn reference and the brutal violence depicted. The content in question remained, but the film then was only given a limited theatrical release in the domestic market for awards consideration. 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

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 House Calls (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

All Right Now
(1970)
Written by Andy Fraser and Paul Rodgers (as Paul Rogers)
Performed by Free
Published by Blue Mountain Music Ltd. (PRS)
All rights for North and South America controlled and administered by Pubco (BMI)
All rights for the rest of the world controlled and administered by Rykomusic, Ltd. (PRS)
Courtesy of Island Records Ltd.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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brilliant
24 May 2004 | by (London, England) – 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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