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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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Sex, drugs, murder. Welcome to L.A. 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

Gross USA:

$1,060,512

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

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

During a television news clip about the murders, the reporter says the Wonderland Murders is the most heinous since the Tate-Labianca murders in 1968. The murders took place in 1969. See more »

Quotes

John Holmes: Five people are dead Sharon, they were murdered, up on Wonderland.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Little House on the Prairie (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Shooting Star
(1975)
Written by Paul Rodgers
Performed by Bad Company
Published by Badco Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Swan Song/Atco Records/Elektra Entertainment Group
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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Interesting Account(s) Rather Than An Actual Story
17 February 2008 | by ChrysanthepopSee all my reviews

Cox's 'Wonderland' is about the gruesome Wonderland murders (obviously!) that took place in the early 80s. The murder case itself was never solved and remained a mystery. Sadly, the movie does not do much to to cast light on it but there are hints indicated what most likely has happened. It is more of an interesting account rather than an actual story where one event is told from the perspective of different characters: Ex-porn king turned junkie John Holmes (Val Kilmer), his girlfriend Dawn Shiller (Kate Bosworth), his estranged wife Sharon (Lisa Kudrow) and David Lind (Dylan McDermott).

'Wonderland' is quite well shot, with the chaotic camera-work and slick editing, use of music and visuals and effective sound. It is very graphic and includes real photographs from the crime scene. It does manage to create the feel of the early 80s that ended the craziness of the 70s. Val Kilmer seems to be an odd choice to play John Holmes. There is no physical resemblance. As a stand alone he acts well but does not have any nuances of Holmes. His portrayal of Holmes is inaccurate to say the least. Kate Bosworth is quite alright. I didn't find the love story between the two that engaging. Dylan McDermott does not seem to be completely in character. In spite of having a small role, Lisa Kudrow delivers the best performance. It was very nuanced and natural. Josh Lucas does alright but at times he seems a little too loud. There are several more familiar faces.

Before watching the film, I had very limited knowledge of the notorious murders but after seeing the movie, I did more research and understood how gruesome and horrifying it was. 'Wonderland' tries to portray the event in an accurate way but those who are looking for a closed ending will be disappointed. As I stated earlier, it does give a hint as to what most likely happened.


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