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The Young Poisoner's Handbook (1995)

This film is based on a true story about a British teenager who allegedly poisoned family, friends, and co-workers. Graham is highly intelligent, but completely amoral. He becomes ... See full summary »

Director:

Benjamin Ross
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tobias Arnold Tobias Arnold ... Young Graham
Ruth Sheen ... Molly
Roger Lloyd Pack ... Fred
Hugh O'Conor ... Graham Young
Norman Caro Norman Caro ... Mr. Goez
Dorothea Alexander Dorothea Alexander ... Mrs. Goez
Charlotte Coleman ... Winnie
Paul Stacey Paul Stacey ... Dennis
Samantha Edmonds Samantha Edmonds ... Sue
Robert Demeger Robert Demeger ... Mr. Dexter
Jack Deam ... Mick
Peter Pacey ... Dickie Boone
Joost Siedhoff Joost Siedhoff ... Dr. Scott
Vilma Hollingbery Vilma Hollingbery ... Aunty Panty
Frank Mills ... Uncle Jack
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Storyline

This film is based on a true story about a British teenager who allegedly poisoned family, friends, and co-workers. Graham is highly intelligent, but completely amoral. He becomes interested in science, especially chemistry, and begins to read avidly. Something of a social misfit, he is fascinated by morbid subjects such as poisons and murder. His family environment is intolerable to him and, in particular, his stepmother torments him. He decides to poison those who annoy him, first with antimony and later with thallium. He smugly thinks himself cleverer than all those around him, but nevertheless he is caught and sentenced to 'rehabilitation' at a psychiatric institution. Once there, he undertakes to deceive the new eminent psychiatrist sent there to 'cure' him, thereby securing his release. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Meet Graham. He's not your ordinary teenager. See more »

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Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for murders by poisoning, language and some nude photos | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Germany | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Handbuch des jungen Giftmischers See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$749,812
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

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Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The story is based on the story of Graham Young, known locally as The Bovingdon Poisoner. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Zeigler visits the institution for mentally unstable criminals in which Graham is hospitalized, the director of the institution says, referred to another patient: "Vulpes pilum mutat, non mores", saying it means "The leopard never changes his spots". Graham corrects him, saying it means instead: "The wolf changes its fur, but not its nature". Actually, "vulpes" means "fox". See more »

Quotes

Graham Young: I want to be the greatest poisoner the world has ever seen.
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Connections

References A Clockwork Orange (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Oody-Doody Song (Dickie Boone Show Theme)
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Performed by Ken Barrie and the Munich Symphony Orchestra
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Twisted and original!
19 August 2001 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

'The Young Poisoner's Handbook' is one of the freshest, most daring and original movies to come out of Britain in years. Hugh O'Conor is perfect as the oddball "young poisoner", and the supporting cast are all splendid too. I'm not sure just how accurate the events portrayed here are, but it doesn't matter anyway. As a movie this is a compelling black comedy that will be appreciated by anyone who is looker for something that isn't your usual bland and simplistic fare.

I shudder to think how this plot and characters would have been handled in a mainstream Hollywood movie! I can just see Leo or Toby in the lead role, an "explanation" for his psychotic behaviour, and an uplifting, heart warming happy ending. Thankfully Benjamin Ross has a more unique vision, and he has given us a movie that will stay with you for years to come. 'The Young Poisoner's Handbook' is fantastic!


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