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Poison (2000)

Traci is a devious teenage girl who befriends and kills anyone who comes between her and her mother, Dana, a failed movie actress who lies for and protects Traci.


Dennis Berry


Andreas Grünberg (as Andreas Grunberg), Dennis Berry


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Complete credited cast:
Rosanna Arquette ... Dana
Jürgen Prochnow ... Carl Krieger
Mandy Schaffer Mandy Schaffer ... Traci
Michael Des Barres ... Evan Lazlo
Suzanne Coy ... Carmen
Mark Humphrey ... David
Stacy Grant ... Mary Collins
Thomas Kretschmann ... Johnny Krieger
James Leard ... Sheriff
Glenn Hallworth Glenn Hallworth ... PR Man
Chris Kent Chris Kent ... Judge
Patrick J. Phillips Patrick J. Phillips ... Lawyer (as Patrick Phillips)
Miki Rusu Miki Rusu ... Dancing Girl
Dan Rae Dan Rae ... Doctor
Pauline Gaete Pauline Gaete ... Traci's Friend


Traci is a sweet and innocent girl who only wants to be loved by her mother. Her love crosses over the invisible obsession line, though, when her mother begins seeing a new man. Feeling left out, Traci begins lashing out and using her firm, youthful body to interfere in mother's relationships. Written by Anonymous

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Innocent until proven deadly. See more »


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Rated R for sexuality, violence and language | See all certifications »

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English | German

Release Date:

4 April 2000 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR


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What a trash wallow
28 November 2002 | by hecklesSee all my reviews

Oh man. If you want to give your internal Crow T. Robot a real workout, this is the movie to pop into the ol' VCR. The potential for cut-up lines in this film is just endless.

(Minor spoilers ahead. Hey, do you really care if a film of this quality is "spoiled?") Traci is a girl with a problem. Psychology has developed names for it when a child develops a sexual crush on the opposite-sex parent. But this girl seems to have one for her same-sex one, and I don't think there's a term for that. It might be because her mother Dana is played by Rosanna Arquette, whose cute overbite, neo-flowerchild sexuality and luscious figure makes me forgive her any number of bad movies or unsympathetic characters. Here Dana is not only clueless to her daughter's conduct; she seems to be competing for the gold medal in the Olympic Indulgent Mother competition.

It's possible that Dana misses Traci's murderous streak because truth be told, Traci seems to have the criminal skills of a hamster. It's only because the script dictates so that she manages to pull off any kind of a body count.

A particularly hilarious note in this movie is the character of Carmen, a Mexican maid who is described by Dana as around so long she's like one of the family although she dresses in what the director thought would say, "I just fell off the tomato truck from Guadalajara." Carmen is so wise to Traci's scheming, she might also wear a sign saying, "Hey, I'm the Next Victim!" Sure enough, Traci confronts Carmen as Carmen is making her way back from Mass, and bops her with one of those slightly angled lug wrenches that car manufacturers put next to your spare as a bad joke. I rather suspect than in real life those things are as useless as a murder weapon as they are for changing a tire.

In another sequence, Arquette wears a flimsy dress to a vineyard, under cloudy skies, talking to the owner. Cut to her in another flimsy dress under sunny skies, talking to the owner's brother. Then cut to her wearing the first dress, in the first location, under cloudy skies - but it's supposed to be later. You get the picture. We're talking really bad directing.

As for skin, don't expect much, although Traci does own a nice couple of bikinis.

For those looking for a trash wallow, 8. For anybody else, 1/2.

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