Plot: Based on a true story,
WONDERLAND explores, in Rashomon-like fashion, the brutal multiple murders that
took place high atop Wonderland Avenue in L.A.’s Laurel Canyon during the Summer
of 1981. At first the case seemed to involve only the usual strung-out drug dealers and
party hounds, but it quickly became elevated to a classic L.A. noir when it was
discovered to be connected to the infamous porn king John C. “Johnny Wadd” Holmes.
By the time our story begins, Holmes had fallen from being the biggest and most famous
star in the hardcore industry into a state of financial and pharmaceutical ruin. As played
by Kilmer, Holmes is devoted to his teenage girlfriend Dawn (Bosworth) while still
married to his wife Sharon (Kudrow) and the three form a most unconventional love
In the midst of his spiraling demise, Holmes befriends local drug dealers Ron (Lucas)
and Susan Launius (Applegate) along with their “business partner” David Lind
(McDermott), who operate out of the Wonderland party house. But Holmes is out of his
element in the life-and-death world of high stakes drug crime and he soon gets himself
neck deep into trouble. Desperate for cash and drugs, the Wonderland gang decides to
rob another dealer friend of John’s -- the notorious gangster Eddie Nash
(Bogosian). Soon after the robbery, the slaughter at Wonderland occurs. Did Holmes set up his
Wonderland cohorts for murder to save himself from the wrath of Nash? It all depends
on whose story you believe.
October 3, 2003 (limited), October 17, 2003 (wide)
Val Kilmer, Lisa Kudrow, Kate Bosworth, Dylan McDermott, Josh Lucas, Franky G., Tim Blake Nelson, Carrie Fisher, Eric Bogosian
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