Wadd: The Life & Times of John C. Holmes

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Wadd: The Life & Times of John C. Holmes
Wadd film poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed byCass Paley
Produced byCass Paley
Christopher Rowland
Rodger Jacobs
Mike Sager
Written byRodger Jacobs
StarringJohn C. Holmes
Ron Jeremy
Larry Flynt
Misty Dawn
Aunt Peg
Paul Thomas Anderson
Mike Sager
CinematographyWillie Boudevin
Edited byChristopher Rowland
Release date
  • 1998 (1998)
Running time
120 minutes
CountryUnited States

Wadd: The Life & Times of John C. Holmes is a 1998 documentary about adult film icon John C. Holmes produced and directed by Cass Paley.[1][2] It was the winner of Best Feature Documentary at the 1999 South by Southwest Film Festival held annually in Austin, Texas.[3]


Documentary about the enemies, friends, and family of adult film icon John C. Holmes and their memories of him. It discusses the creation of the Johnny Wadd film series directed by Bob Chinn. It also covers the romantic relationships of John Holmes with first wife Sharon Holmes, his underage mistress Dawn Schiller, and his second wife, the porn actress Misty Dawn. Finally, it covers Eddie Nash and Wonderland murders, as well as Holmes death from AIDS. It is narrated principally by journalist Mike Sager, whose Rolling Stone story "The Devil and John Holmes" inspired the films Boogie Nights and Wonderland.[4] It has been reformatted in HD for redistribution by The Sager Group LLC.


Critical reception[edit]

Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly wrote, "Often, there's a conspiracy aspect to lost legends, but terrific films do fall through the cracks. Wadd: The Life & Times of John C. Holmes, which played the Toronto film festival and then slipped away, is the ultimate searching - and shocking - exposé of the porn world."[5]

Richard Corliss of Time wrote of the film, "Like Holmes, Wadd is seedy, twisted, a bit on the long side--and creepily fascinating."[6]

Stephen Holden of The New York Times wrote, "Wadd leaves us to ponder the difference between Holmes's special 'gift' and, say, another star's beautiful singing voice. When you come right down to it, they're pretty much the same thing, but distributed to different parts of the body."[7]

Maitland McDonagh of TV Guide commented, "Holmes's story isn't pretty, but it's fascinating, in no small part because the people Paley interviews offer a glimpse into a brief time when making porn was an act of rebellion that attracted a diverse and eccentric group of filmmakers and performers."[8]


  1. ^ Guthmann, Edward; Morris, Wesley (2001-04-13). "Wadd: The Life & Times of John C. Holmes". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2010-09-12.
  2. ^ Taubin, Amy. "Mopey Dicks and Boogie Nights". The Village Voice. Retrieved 2010-09-12.
  3. ^ "Wadd: The Life & Times of John C. Holmes". IMDb. Retrieved 2014-03-20.
  4. ^ Lemons, Steven. "Return to Wonderland". Salon. Retrieved 2014-03-20.
  5. ^ Geilberman, Owen (2005-10-15). "Scenic Overlooked". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2014-03-20.
  6. ^ Corliss, Richard (2001-01-28). "Wadd: The Life & Times Of John C. Holmes". Time. Retrieved 2010-09-04.
  7. ^ Holden, Stephen (2001-01-12). "One Actor's Particular, Um, Talent". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-09-04.
  8. ^ McDonagh, Maitland. "Wadd: The Life And Times Of John C. Holmes". TV Guide. Retrieved 2010-09-12.

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