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Director: James Cox

Cast: James Cox, Val Kilmer, Kate Bosworth, Lisa Kudrow


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James Cox directs the sleazy Hollywood murder tale Wonderland, starring Val Kilmer as legendary porn star John Holmes. Using a non-linear plot structure, the film explores different perspectives of the quadruple homicide that occurred on July 1, 1981, in the Hollywood Hills. At the lowest point of his career and the height of his drug addiction, Holmes was…  See more details below


James Cox directs the sleazy Hollywood murder tale Wonderland, starring Val Kilmer as legendary porn star John Holmes. Using a non-linear plot structure, the film explores different perspectives of the quadruple homicide that occurred on July 1, 1981, in the Hollywood Hills. At the lowest point of his career and the height of his drug addiction, Holmes was implicated in the murders of the Wonderland gang: Ron Launius (Josh Lucas), Billy Deverell (Tim Blake Nelson), Barbara Richardson (Natasha Gregson Wagner), and Joy Miller (Janeane Garofalo). Launius' wife, Susan (Christina Applegate), was the only survivor. Led by Detective Sam Nico (Ted Levine), the police investigation reveals a dark criminal underworld surrounding Holmes, his disapproving wife, Sharon (Lisa Kudrow), and his innocent teenage girlfriend, Dawn Schiller (Kate Bosworth). Eric Bogosian stars as notorious Hollywood nightclub owner Eddie Nash. Wonderland premiered at the 2003 Toronto Film Festival.

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Special Features

Deleted scenes; Crime scene footage; Commentary with James Cox and Captain Mauzner; Production photos; Hollywood at large - Court TV; 16x9 widescreen; 5.1 Dolby Digital ; English and Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Val Kilmer John C. Holmes
Kate Bosworth Dawn Schiller
Lisa Kudrow Sharon Holmes
Josh Lucas Ron Launius
Dylan McDermott David Lind
Tim Blake Nelson Billy Deverell
Christina Applegate Susan Launius
Eric Bogosian Eddie Nash
Carrie Fisher Sally Hansen
Franky G. Det. Louis Cruz
M.C. Gainey Det. Mike Peters
Janeane Garofalo Joy Miller
Ted Levine Det. Sam Nico
Faizon Love Greg Diles
Natasha Gregson Wagner Barbara Richardson
Paris Hilton Barbie
Joel Michaely Bruce
Michelle Borth Sonia
Chris Cioffi Letterman Meathead
Steve Cox Guy At Bar
Alexis Dziena Gopher's Girlfriend
Chris Ellis Captain Nimziki
Karen Lakritz Bartender
George Leonarpopoulas Tommy Conway
Louis Lombardi Slim Jim
Kim Mariner reporter
Scoot McNairy Jack
Tess Parker Chrissy
Michael Pitt Gopher
Joliegh Pulsonetti Alexa
Stephanie Roth Biker Girl
Russell Sams Cherokee
David Solomini Guy At Party
Julianne Steiger Janet

Technical Credits
James Cox Director,Screenwriter
Matt Aberle Musical Direction/Supervision
Peter Block Executive Producer
Michael Burns Executive Producer
Marc Butan Executive Producer
Franco-Giacomo Carbone Production Designer
Marcy Craig Costumes/Costume Designer
Shawn Driscoll Stunts
Randall Emmett Executive Producer
Brian Emrich Sound/Sound Designer
David Falzone Musical Direction/Supervision
Barbara Fiorentino Casting
Allen Fischer Associate Producer
Ali Forman Co-producer
George Furla Executive Producer
Michael Grady Cinematographer
Kate Healey Costumes/Costume Designer
Joel C. High Musical Direction/Supervision
Sharon Holmes Consultant/advisor
Thayer Jester Executive Producer
Peter Kleidman Executive Producer
Maryam Malakpour Costumes/Costume Designer
Rebecca Mangieri Casting
Cliff Martinez Score Composer
Captain Mauzner Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Jeff McEvoy Editor
Myke Michaels Makeup Special Effects
Steven A. Morrow Sound Mixer
Tom Ortenberg Executive Producer
Cass Paley Consultant/advisor
Michael Paseornek Producer
Scott Putman Co-producer
Patrick Rousseau Camera Operator
Tanya Ruby Stunts
Todd Samovitz Screenwriter
Dawn Schiller Associate Producer
D. Loriston Scott Screenwriter
Luke Scully Asst. Director
James Townsend Associate Producer
Mike Upton Consultant/advisor
Holly Wiersma Producer
Julie Yorn Executive Producer
John R. Zachary Art Director

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Wonderland
1. Abandoned [3:18]
2. The Legend Returns [2:42]
3. Wonderland [5:45]
4. Nightmares [3:11]
5. Brutal Killings [2:56]
6. Eddie Nash [1:34]
7. The Crime Scene [5:19]
8. L.A. in Summer [6:02]
9. John's Plan [4:50]
10. The Robbery [4:34]
11. The Score [3:57]
12. Find John Holmes [4:16]
13. Dance for Me [3:47]
14. Sharon [4:55]
15. In Hiding [4:55]
16. Escape to Boca [3:45]
17. John Meets Eddie [4:04]
18. Kitchen Door [3:56]
19. Beg [6:34]
20. Did You See a Murder? [4:59]
21. A Pay-Off [3:24]
22. Too Much Blood [6:36]
23. July 1, 1981 [1:38]
24. Leaving L.A. [7:12]
Disc #2 -- Wadd
1. The King [8:11]
2. Two Individuals [6:52]
3. Johnny Wadd [9:14]
4. Mythological Stories [9:53]
5. "The Girl Next Door" [9:09]
6. Dawn [6:28]
7. A Lot of Drugs [10:47]
8. The Wonderland Murders [5:40]
9. On the Run [12:41]
10. Porno Queen [5:56]
11. HIV [14:01]
12. Remembering John [6:18]

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Wonderland 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie is outstanding. i was really surprised of how good it was the acting is fantastic
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this money. I wish it received more attention.
rushCA More than 1 year ago
I have watched this movie on cable at least 3 times. The soundtrack gets 5 stars & Kilmer gets 4 & 1/2 stars. I see no weakness' in any characters & I don't see anything weak about the plot except that it ends. I would have liked to have seen another 15 minutes- 1/2 hr. added to the video. But, maybe the story might of slowed down. Kilmer's performance reminds me of his character Jim Morrison in The Doors. So, Kilmer has 2 controversial Los Angeles characters to his credit. Maybe Charles Manson could be next. I lived in L. A. when this event occurred. It was a huge media event, similar to the Manson Murders. I was in L. A. Once again the songs used in the movie are excellent contributions to the video's high octane scenes. And, the drug & party scenes are quite realistic not phony. rushCA
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's beyond flattering to cast Val Kilmer as John C. Holmes, whose resemblance to Eddie Haskel of LEAVE IT TO BEAVER was The King of Porn's second claim to fame. Apparently Ken Osmond is content with his LAPD retirement pension or didnt return James Cox telephone calls. This story should have been more than extended television (The E-TRUE HOLLYWOOD STORY segment does a better job and the documentary WADD, is the definitive source). It should have shown this as the pre-cursor to the Brown-Goldman homicides of 1994 and the LAPD's botch-up of a celebrity infused murder case. The film is saved by outstanding performances by Kilmer, Lisa Kudrow and Eric Bogosian (way over the top) as Eddie Nash. Paris Hilton shows up in a cameo as a cocaine snorting bimbette. I'll say no more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was not very impressed by this portrayal of the sleazy and narcissistic John Holmes at its worst, as he becomes acquainted with motorcycle bums and prison gang types that take him to the edge of sanity and possibly, murder. The generous application of Kilmer gives it some lift so as not to be complete disaster.