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Poison Ivy (1992)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  8 May 1992 (USA)
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A seductive teen befriends an introverted high school student and schemes her way into the lives of her wealthy family.


(as Katt Shea Ruben)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
E.J. Moore ...
J.B. Quon ...
Guy (as Leonardo Di Caprio)
Michael Goldner ...
Charley Hayward ...
Billy Kane ...
Tony Ervolina ...
Mary Gordon Murray ...


Ivy ('Drew Barrymore'), a sexy teen who lives with her aunt, moves in with a reclusive teen (Gilbert) and slowly works her way into the lives of her adopted family. The mother (Ladd) is sickly and can't sexually satisfy her husband (Skerritt) any more, and to the daughter's horror, Ivy begins seducing her father. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


What Ivy wants, Ivy gets.


Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 May 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La venenosa  »

Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)


$1,829,804 (USA)

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Technical Specs


(R-rated) | (unrated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Katt Shea Ruben came up with the title, 'Posion Ivy' after shooting began and instantly doubted it and thought it was silly. Only after the crew agreed with her and told her to 'go with her heart' did she stick with the title. See more »


Syliva's injury is directly above her right eye, but by the time she gets home from the hospital, the blood and bandage have shifted further to the right. See more »


Ivy: This is great.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Drew Barrymore/Garbage (1999) See more »


Written and Performed by Dan Reed
Courtesy of Mercury Records
by arrangement with Polygram Special Products
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User Reviews

Morbid, intriguing, trashy.
11 December 1999 | by See all my reviews

It would be the easiest thing to simply dismiss this film as yet another sleazy erotic melodrama (which it undoubtedly is), but the result is too intriguing, and too offbeat, to be ignored. Although this film will disappoint those who are expecting a well-made thriller or even an explicitly erotic movie because it's tame and practically suspenseless, it has an air of weirdness and morbidity that places it slightly above most of the run-of-the-mill entries in this genre. The performances are mostly one-note but convincing enough. Visually, it's a grim, underproduced film, but it does have a "special" atmosphere.

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