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Johns [DVD] [1997] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

David Arquette , Lukas Haas , Scott Silver    DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • 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: Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Fox Lorber
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Feb 2000
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000034DDI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 232,171 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I think many people may read the plot synopsis and decide the film is not for them. Equally a rating of 18 might imply things about this film which it does not offer - for instance there is no nudity and any sex is simply implied. I think the two best words to describe this film would be beautiful and moving. It is a story of unrequited love, and also of hope and dreams. Becuase it is very well acted you empathise with the characters. This makes the end all the more sad. Lukas Haas does a wonderful job as trusting, kind, Donner. His mannerisms and expressions mark him out as an excellent actor. He works well with David Arquette: both portraying their characters with sympathy and feeling.
The story (which I won't spoil!) is compelling and bears watching many times, to pick up the nuances. A day in the life of these two young men in their quest for money to live out a dream.
This is an unassuming film, and should be much more widely viewed than it is. I guess with its story based around two male prostitutes, it probably won't be. But if that's why you turn it down, you'll be missing a treat.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars David Arquette and Lukas Hass excel in JOHNS. 20 May 2000
By A Customer
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The great strength of Scott Silver's movie JOHNS is the acting. The leads play low life LA male prostitutes or "entertainers" The screenplay, also by Silver, credits 8 real life entertainers for their stories. This adds to the overall realism of the film. Not as flash or theatrical as MIDNIGHT COWBOY or as pretentious as MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO, this film deserves a far wider and younger audience than the story might suggest. Johns which surprisingly has an 18 certificate in the UK, is NOT a film for voyeurs or those looking for gay porn. What little sex there is in the film, is implied and never explicit.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A letdown....... 19 Mar 2012
By babyday
After reading several favourable reviews,i expected to really like this but i didnt! Its a film where not much happens,they stand about,do a lot of talking,there is the odd dramatic scene & then it finishes with a very predictable ending which is a variation of the midnight cowboy ending! Id read that its a modern day midnight cowboy but the ending is the only similarity i could find.That film is a classic which i have watched over & over,i wouldnt be watching this again.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No, it's NOT Midnight Cowboy -- thank god! 15 Sep 1999
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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.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty. Darkly Disturbing. Heavy. 18 Jun 2002
By Sandi Strehlau - Published on
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.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Endlessly Relentlessly Downbeat, BUT Way Too True to be Missed ! 21 Nov 2005
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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. The end of Johns sports a grim operatic quality traggic victory hard won and blood drenched such that it is in my jaded middle classed eyes hardly a victory at all. On the streets even tiny scraps of joy no matter how hard they are to come by are so very precious and that is the real message of this movie. Look at this movie and learn to be thankful for your many blessings because some among us honesty do have so very little in life that a pair of Lucky Sneaks can be the only reason to cling to hope. I know enough about life to understand that if man's hope dies when he lives on the streets his body soon leads him to the grave.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Johns Review By Robert Raketty 3 Dec 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.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed, but strangely moving 26 Dec 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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