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Johns (1997)

David Arquette , Lukas Haas , Scott Silver  |  R |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Arquette, Lukas Haas, Tony Epper, John C. McGinley, Keith David
  • Directors: Scott Silver
  • Writers: Scott Silver
  • Producers: Beau Flynn, David Godbout, Dolly Hall, Elyse Katz, Mary Vernieu
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Fox Lorber
  • DVD Release Date: February 29, 2000
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000034DDI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,519 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Johns" on IMDb

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A gritty and poignant look at the world of male prostitutes through the course of a single day on the streets - hustling for money and love while hoping for a little decency. A veteran male prostitute, John, befriends the new guy who looks to John for advice and friendship.

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No, it's NOT Midnight Cowboy -- thank god! September 15, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
This curious little film does not have to pretend, as did Midnight Cowboy, that street hustling is 'straight'. We've come that far in 30 years, at least: the leads' sexuality does not have to be so understated as to be non-existent! But it does takes a couple of viewings to appreciate it. Mystical and religious overtones abound, and every name has a significance: the lead character is named 'John' (David Arquette) and he keeps meeting other Johns, (a St. John, and street johns). It is Christmas Eve. John's birthday is Christmas Day and his dream of 'heaven' is to spend the night at the elegant Park Plaza Hotel, where he encounters a wise desk-clerk named 'Paul' who calls him 'Mr. John' and treats him with true kindness and respect. John needs $300 for his night in heaven and has stolen money from a drug dealer. 'Donner' (Lukas Haas) is homeless, and in love with John. His dream is for them to get to 'Camelot' (a theme park in Branson MO where they can have jobs). Only one of them makes it to Camelot. The accompanying score is beautiful and soulful, with music ranging from Gregorian Chant to Arvo Part to Jessie Mae Robinson. A touching film, nicely done.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Granted this movie suffers many of the perils any low budget flick must endure. Bad sound horrible lighting and a little more predictability than I generally like in a good film. Yet this is a good film. Yes it is utterly a downbeat film with very little sunshine and hope in it. However walking the streets of any big city you see the clones of each of the individuals protrayed in this film. The cleaseless never ending parade of tired burned out haggered youth on the stroll hunting for that next "Date".

You sit eating your danish reading the morning paper insolated in the cacoon of middle class bliss and listen to those youth talk a few booths over at a fast food resturant. Go there each morning for coffee and you hear how these hardened urchins cling to a clutch of tattered pie in the sky pipe dreams each more unrealistic than the last. You look at their arms and see evidence of the losing game they play with drugs and worse. If you eat in a place often enough soon comes a day when one of the regulars comes in beaten bloody bandaged if he is lucky having survived a date gone wrong. I work in a clean nice safe office as a computer geek one floor up and one trillion miles away from the horrid depraved street life people like those protrayed in this film call home every day.

Is this film a downer I guess maybe it is if you wanted a happy sugar coated hollywood ending. While I have never been homeless or on the stroll selling myself I have helped people who have known and lived this ugly world 24-7. From my vantage point I see very little about the world of male prostitutes, drugs and street life that is redeeming light and fun which is what this movie shows.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty. Darkly Disturbing. Heavy. June 18, 2002
I decided to let this film sink in a little before writing a review for it.
Let me start by saying: This film is much darker than you may think considering it's star is a goof-ball with the majority of his other acting roles.
This is not a Comedy.
And it is not for the weak stomached.
The Jesus Metaphore throughout was a bit much at times...but worked very well with the story.
You MUST see the DVD for the extras. I watched the film then immediantly watched the David and Lucas commentary throughout the film. (DON'T WATCH THE TRAILER OR THE COMMENTARY BEFORE YOU SEE THE FILM...IT GIVES AWAY TOO MUCH).
VERY GOOD...A Flick that Sticks With You.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Johns Review By Robert Raketty December 3, 1998
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This film is about a group of boys who resort to selling themselves in order to fill a greater hunger and in some cases with tragic concequences. What moved me most was Lukas Haas's charactor, who comes to the streets after running away from a family unable to cope with ther son's homosexuality. This movie is able to open a window of reality into their world that no other movie has been able to duplicate. This fim also gives an intimate portrayl of youth trying to find a link in a society in which they are outcasts. I would recomend this movie to anyone who wishes to understand those that society has placed on the bottom and because Haas gives a stunning performance.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed, but strangely moving December 26, 2000
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"johns" isn't built on a unique idea, there have been many films exploring the the sordid world of prostitution and the impact it has on the people being exploited and degraded. It's a film that takes an unflinching picture of two young male prostitutes and their journey through-out a seemingly mundane Christimas eve. We witness their daily activities such as talking with the other street walkers, bumping into angry hustlers, and being used like worthless objects by people picking them off the streets. "johns" does illustrate the two lead characters, John and Donner, as credible human beings. They may have different reasons for their actions, but both depend on each other to survive the harsh streets they work off. Lukas Haas and David Aquette give affecting, haunting performances, they play their roles with a sense of integrity which doesn't waver. "johns" doesn't have much of a plot, which is to expected, but it's utter starkness is something that is virtually impossible to turn away from, especially towards the end. If the film has a major flaw, it's the director's use of religious imagery to add a new dimension to the story, which results in some unfortunate heavy-handedness. Overall though, "johns" is a fine piece of work which is worth seeing for several reasons. It may not succeed in everything it tries to reach, but the effort being shown by both the director and cast is satisfying enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars really great
Really gteat movle loved it a lot. very good in all areas really keeps your attention. would refer this movie
Published 11 months ago by albert reges
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Another movie that's hard to find out there. I was very thankful to have found it here on Amazon. Great B movie.
Published 18 months ago by droidsauce
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Side of Life
What can one say about the darker side of real life? It is despicable, sad, frustrating, joyful, unrepentable and noxious. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Norvell J. Maher
5.0 out of 5 stars Johns
A right on movie dealing with a right on.provocative subject matter. There is more of this sex trade amongst men then you can ever imagine. Very timely.
Published 23 months ago by Melvin Stewart
4.0 out of 5 stars Money can't buy love
Approaching his 21st birthday, Johns,a male streetwalker is as much more cynical and money-thirsty as at the start of his male-for-a-sale career-a path to survive. Read more
Published on October 12, 2011 by Michael Kerjman
1.0 out of 5 stars Unsavory, Unpleasant and Unnecessary
Do you know what would be more entertaining than watching this movie?

Going down to the streets of L.A. Read more
Published on February 12, 2009 by The JuRK
3.0 out of 5 stars There Is Humor But It Isn't A Comedy
The VHS packaging calls this a "dark comedy-drama", and there is a level of street humor totally missing from two more famous films with similar subject matter, MY OWN PRIVATE... Read more
Published on July 15, 2007 by James S. Eisenberg
4.0 out of 5 stars A docu-drama style coming of age queer film with memorable...
I was rather surprised that I didn't see this film when it first came out more than ten years ago, because it's on the level of compelling drama as My Own Private Idahol(River... Read more
Published on January 17, 2007 by Wing Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars guilty pleasure
I really like this movie though it has not so hot reviews. I found it really sad, and it showed a side of the population unfamiliar to most of us. Read more
Published on January 11, 2007 by Cultfan52
4.0 out of 5 stars Maybe too realistic for most people
This is a good movie with a solid story and realistic acting. Anyone who couldn't feel for these characters must have either not been paying attention to the movie or they are just... Read more
Published on August 12, 2006 by Galileo
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