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Poison (1991)

A boy shoots his father and flies out the window. A man falls in love with a fellow inmate in prison. A doctor accidentally ingests his experimental sex serum, wreaking havoc on the community.

Director:

Todd Haynes

Writers:

Jean Genet (inspired by the novels of Jean Genet with quotations from "Miracle of the Rose", "Our Lady of the Flowers" and "Thief's Journal"), Todd Haynes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edith Meeks Edith Meeks ... Felicia Beacon
Millie White Millie White ... Millie Sklar
Buck Smith Buck Smith ... Gregory Lazar
Anne Giotta Anne Giotta ... Evelyn McAlpert
Lydia Lafleur Lydia Lafleur ... Sylvia Manning
Ian Nemser Ian Nemser ... Sean White
Rob LaBelle ... Jay Wete
Evan Dunsky ... Dr. MacArthur
Marina Lutz Marina Lutz ... Hazel Lamprecht
Barry Cassidy Barry Cassidy ... Officer Rilt
Richard Anthony ... Edward Comacho
Angela M. Schreiber Angela M. Schreiber ... Florence Giddens
Justin Silverstein Justin Silverstein ... Jake
Chris Singh Chris Singh ... Chris
Edward Allen Edward Allen ... Fred Beacon
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Storyline

Three intercut stories about outsiders, sex and violence. In "Hero," Richie, at age 7, kills his father and flies away. After the event, a documentary in cheesy lurid colors asks what Richie was like and what led up to the shooting. In the black and white "Horror," a scientist isolates the elixir of human sexuality, drinks it, and becomes a festering, contagious murderer; a female colleague who loves him tries to help, to her peril. In "Homo," a prisoner in Fontenal prison is drawn to an inmate whom he knew some years before, at Baton juvenile institute, and whose humiliations he witnessed. This story is told in dim light, except for the bright flashbacks. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sensuality, strong language and sexual violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The text at the beginning reads: "The whole world is dying of panicky fright." See more »

Quotes

John Broom: [V.O] Prison was not new to me. I'd lived in them all my life. In submitting to prison life, embracing it... I could reject the world that had rejected me.
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Alternate Versions

Edited, "R" rated version is available on video. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Killing Floor (2007) See more »

User Reviews

oddly mesmerizing and unique
29 August 1999 | by LeSamouraiSee all my reviews

Make sure that you are not tired when watching this film. Although this film introduces some outstanding performances by some little known actors, the film falls short. One of the three short stories of the film is shot in black and white and is strangely reminiscient of David Lynch's masterpiece "The Elephant Man." When Dr. Graves is ordered out to the fire-escape, I was just waiting for him to shout, "I'm not an animal; I'm a human being." The prisoner story, unlike the black and white story, is full of emotion and intensity. Issues such as homosexuality, abuse, and longing for love are enmeshed in this tale. The third story is shot documentary style. An unseen interviewer questions neighbors, family, and friends about the events leading up to the shooting and death of an abusive father. This movie will intrigue you, confuse you, and bother you. It's worth a watch.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 1991 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Poison See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$787,280

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$787,280
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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