Johns (film)

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DVD cover
Directed by Scott Silver
Produced by Paul Brown
Beau Flynn
Stefan Simchowitz
Written by Scott Silver
Music by Charles Brown
Danny Caron
Cinematography Tom Richmond
Edited by Dorian Harris
Distributed by First Look International
Release date
  • January 31, 1997 (1997-01-31)
Running time
96 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $50,789

Johns (styled as johns) is a 1996 American drama film directed by Scott Silver and starring David Arquette and Lukas Haas, who portray hustlers who work Santa Monica Boulevard.[1]


It's Christmas Eve and John (David Arquette) is asleep in a Los Angeles park. He awakens as someone is stealing his shoes, in which he keeps his money. He chases the thief but can't catch him. John is angered not only because those are his "lucky" sneakers but because he's trying to accumulate enough money for an overnight stay in a fancy hotel to celebrate his birthday, which is also Christmas. Each time John puts any money together, either by turning a trick, robbing the house of one of his regular "dates" or stealing from potential clients, it's taken from him either by robbery or in payback for a drug deal where he burned the dealer.

Meanwhile, Donner (Lukas Haas), a fellow hustler who's new to the streets and has fallen for John, tries to convince John to go with him to Branson, Missouri. Donner has a relative who runs a theme park there who can get them jobs. John is initially resistant to the idea but, after some particularly bad experiences, agrees to go.

John and Donner have enough money for two bus tickets to Branson but John takes one last "date" to earn money for expenses. After their sexual encounter at a motel, however, John's "date" is remorseful for having gone through with the act. He insists to John that he's not gay. John smiles and says he isn't either. But his "date" believes that John is making a mockery of him and turns violent, beating John to death unmercifully.

Donner goes in search of John and finds him at the motel. Donner drags John's lifeless body from the bathroom to the bed and tearfully confesses that he's the one who stole John's sneakers and money in a desperate attempt to persuade John to leave town with him.


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DVD release[edit]

Johns was released on Region 1 DVD on February 29, 2000.


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