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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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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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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Both Val Kilmer and Kate Bosworth have played famous DC Comics character. Kilmer played Bruce Wayne/Batman in ''Batman Forever (1995)'' and Bosworth played Lois Lane, long-time partner of Batman's close friend and ally Clark Kent/Superman, in ''Superman Returns (2006)''. 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

Eddie Nash: You're going to do to those guys on Wonderland, what you did to me!
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Exhausted: John C. Holmes, the Real Story (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Good Times Roll
(1978)
Written by Ric Ocasek
Performed by The Cars
Published by Lido Music, Inc.
Administered by BMG Songs, Inc. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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I've waited since 1988 for this!
9 May 2004 | by thetrixter_1999See all my reviews

I once read an article by Jonathon Ross about John Holmes, and in it he described a pathetic figure whose celebrity status in the arena of porn deteriorated into a life of drug abuse, betrayal, gang involvement and murder...oh, and his eventual death due to Aids. What a great premise for a film!

I enjoyed Wonderland and was gripped all the way though.It was Holmes' dependence on drugs that meant he was eventually dropped from the porn industry, he could no longer perform or 'get it up'. From there his life spiralled and this is where Wonderland starts.

The story is not only presented in a very factual way, ( nearly every police statement and event occurred as shown ), but the pace in unrelenting and the acting convincing. Kilmer does a good job on Holmes - a bit like his Jim Morrison, he gets the druggie, spaced out feel just right.

The re-telling of events through different perspectives is also impressive, if not original and although there is no real tension in the film this is not a criticism. This is not supposed to be a suspense film or a thriller, it is much better than that. It is a true account of lives which interest us and which most of us have difficulty comprehending - apologies to drug dealers, murderers and porn stars.

When the actual murders occur they are brutal and dramatic, interspersing real footage of the murder scene into the action. Gory and fascinating, and i'm sure most of you do the pause or slow-mo run after.

I'm a sucker for information being handed out at the end of films and Wonderland doesn't disappoint. We find out about all the main protagonists and of course we all know what happened to John. Full credit to the director, I was waiting for this film to be made since 1988 and am not disappointed!


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