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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.

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Cast

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

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

Taglines:

What Ivy wants, Ivy gets.

Genres:

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

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$1,829,804 (USA)
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Right at the start of the film, a dog has been run over by a car. To put it out of its misery, Ivy kills it. As she does, a whole lot of blood splashes on to Sara's face. However, in the next shot, the blood is nowhere to be seen. See more »

Quotes

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Followed by Poison Ivy: The New Society See more »

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THE SALT OF JOY
Written and Performed by Dan Reed
Courtesy of Mercury Records
by arrangement with Polygram Special Products
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"Lolita" in the '90s
29 June 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Nabokov's Lolita used the affections of a fawning, elderly man (her stepfather) for her own purposes--which never amounted to much more than sex and cash. It only figures that today's Lolita would be dressed to kill, literally. As Drew Barrymore plays her here, she's a sexy homicidal figure with maternal delusions. "Poison Ivy" begins rather endearingly, with high school outcast Sara Gilbert (looking like the modern equivalent of a teen beatnik) befriended by a striking blonde student with lots o' leg and a fake tattoo. This wanton woman-child has no name; Gilbert calls her "Ivy" and Barrymore likes that ("It gives me the opportunity to start over," she says). The tone of the picture shifts however before the midway point, with Ivy infiltrating Gilbert's dysfunctional household and seducing dad Tom Skerritt (doing terrific work). Gilbert's narration--and the surreal jumble which becomes the hectic climax--is rather off-putting, but there's a great deal of worth in Barrymore's solid performance. The film is stylish on a low-budget and is actually steamier than "Nine 1/2 Weeks". Yet, it's really two different pictures struggling within the context of one. A stronger screenplay might've brought the two halves together, although, as the director, Katt Shea Ruben manages to come up with a commendable amount of incidents both amusing and titillating. ** from ****


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