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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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2 nominations. See more awards »



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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?


Drew Barrymore failed to attend her first audition. Director, Katt Shea Ruben wanted Drew for the part of Ivy and arranged another audition which Drew Barrymore also failed to attend. After Katt Shea spoke to Drew's agent and told her she was no longer interested in her for the lead, she pleaded with Katt to give Drew another change. Drew ended up auditioning at Katt Shea Ruben's house not knowing that the director had already decided she had the job. See more »


The magnetic key holder is located on the fiberglass part of the Corvette and would not 'stick' there. See more »


Georgie Cooper: Who slashed their wrists?
Sylvie Cooper: Oh, Ivy, this is my Mom, Georgie.
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Followed by Poison Ivy II (1996) See more »


Written by Wener Crane (as W. Crane) and Eric Phillips (as E. Phillips)
Performed by Ugly Kid Joe
Courtesy of Stardog/Mercury Records
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Barrymore's lethal comeback, in not the most lethal of films
10 May 2014 | by (adelaide, australia) – See all my reviews

Poison Ivy marks Drew Barrymore's return to the big screen, and it's an impressive comeback, as a sexy seductress. Poison Ivy is a by the numbers Fatal Attraction type of movie, with some small thrills, shock moments, plus some tame sex scenes, as mistakenly implied to the viewer by it's R rating, one brief moment including Skeritt and Drew, doing it in the buff, which probably was more more wise, considering the age difference. Too we have a frank scene near the start, where a dog is roadkill, another scene that warrants the R. On the whole, the movie is a lot of fun, where viewers will mostly be captured by Barrymore's performance. Oh, how she has grown up. She befriends an introverted but very opinionated girl, Sylvie (Rosanne's Sarah Gilbert, who very good here) and worms her way into her rich household. The movie's fun as to see what Barrymore has in store next. Cheryl Ladd as Sylvie's ailing mother, doesn't have much to say but it's a memorable and respectful performance, probably the film's best while Skeritt as Sylvie's Dad is Skeritt, just how we usually like him. The film does have suspense here and there, and the shot with Ladd pushed off the balcony falling to her quicker doom, was wonderfully and impressively shot, an experimental shot, you could call it. The dog fetching scene between Barrymore and Gilbert was annoying, and there were some predictable moments, like foreseeing that car car crash, that had Barrymore running off in Daddy's pride and joy with Sylvie, and after the crash, turning the blame on the other, though the latter wasn't predicted. Poison Ivy isn't anything special, which in the thriller genre of this type, I've seen better, but it's quite fun nevertheless, at times, dangerous fun too. Million dollar question: Can you spot Leo?

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