Skip to main content

NC-17| 1 hr. 50 min.

Plot Summary
This revealing documentary looks at the sordid life of 1970s porn star John Holmes. The film examines his modest rural beginnings and details his initiation into the porn industry, where he rose to a remarkable level of fame, thanks in large part to his "Johnny Wadd" film series. Unfortunately, Holmes couldn't handle his success, a point driven home by interviews with his friends and family, and this led to numerous problems, including drug abuse and even involvement in a murder case.

Cast: Misty Dawn , Larry Flynt , Al Goldstein , John Holmes , Ron Jeremy , Sharon Mitchell , Kitten Natividad , Candida Royale

Director: Cass Paley

Genres: Documentary

Wadd: The Life and Times of John C. Holmes (1999)

Release Date: January 12th, 2001|1 hr. 50 min.

critic reviews (7)
fan reviews ( )
  • 75
    Wesley Morris San Francisco Chronicle

    Disarmingly intelligent if scattered documentary. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    A relatively straightforward portrait of Holmes, using interviews with family members, friends, wives, X-film producers and his former co-stars. show more

  • 63
    Jonathan Foreman New York Post

    Fascinatingly, many of the interviewees disagree vehemently about Holmes' personality: some of his co-stars and colleagues found him repellently abusive and selfish. show more

similar movies

  • Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy (2001)

  • Life Itself (2014)

  • Korengal (2014)

  • The Hornet's Nest (2014)

  • Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2013)

Stay Connected with Moviefone

Download the Free App!

How do you watch stuff?


How else do you watch?

Select your online providers
My Settings

You are currently subscribed as: {email}


Get the latest reviews, movie news, photos, and trailers sent straight to your inbox.

Weekly Newsletter

Daily alerts


You're not following any movies.

These are the movies you’re currently following.

    Update settings