Inspired by classic film noir, Carson Phillips, an ex-football star turned PI, has a soft spot for a lady in distress.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Travolta ... Carson Phillips
Morgan Freeman ... Doc
Brendan Fraser ... Miles Mitchell
Famke Janssen ... Jayne Hunt
Ella Bleu Travolta ... Becky Hunt
Robert Patrick ... Sheriff Bing Walsh
Peter Stormare ... Slide Olsen
Kat Graham ... Rose
Blerim Destani ... Lorenzo
Devin Ellery ... Happy Chandler
Julie Lott ... Mrs. Johnson
Frank Renzulli ... Richard Gregory
Drew Ater ... Don Tunnell
Nick Vallelonga ... Nick The Giant
Chris Mullinax ... L.A. Thug


Inspired by classic film noir, "The Poison Rose" stars John Travolta as Carson Phillips, an ex-football star turned PI, who's got a soft spot for a lady in distress. Like the classic tales spun by the masters, he takes on a routine missing persons case which slowly reveals itself to be a complex interwoven web of crimes, suspects and dead bodies. When he discovers his long lost daughter is the number one suspect, he races a ticking clock to save her, solve the murders, and uncover the town's dirty secrets. Written by richard salvatore

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A Private Eye. A Public Murder. A Perfect Crime.



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Rated R for some violence and language | See all certifications »

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This is the first and only film in which Brendan Fraser appeared with John Travolta and Morgan Freeman. See more »


The movie is set in 1978, which is evidenced in the 70s-era vehicles, and the common usage of revolvers by Chief Walsh (Robert Patrick) and Carson Philips (John Travolta). Yet, during the shootout, at the sanitarium, between Carson and Lorenzo (Blerim Destani), Lorenzo is clearly shooting a Glock pistol (visible beginning at around 1 hour 18 min, when Lorenzo is shooting from behind the pickup truck), a weapon for which design work would not begin until 1979, let alone enter service in 1982 with the Austrian military and police. In fact, as the scene progresses, it appears it might even be a 2nd or 3rd generation Glock pistol. See more »


[first lines]
Carson Philips: My name is Carson Philips. I'm a PI. I like to drink, I like to smoke, I like to gamble. Sometimes a little too much. But you know what they say, everything in moderation, including moderation.
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Referenced in Half in the Bag: The Fanatic (2019) See more »


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Written by ASCAP
Performed by King Kobra
Label Rocker Records
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Predictable but entertaining.
28 May 2019 | by Fella_shibbySee all my reviews

The film starts like a typical Chinatown syndrome. The locations r gorgeous with those plentiful awesome greenery all around. It has some violent shootout scenes but the best is Freeman's screen presence, Fraser's laughable body shape n Travolta's cool act.

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Release Date:

11 September 2020 (Italy) See more »

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The Poison Rose See more »

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San Antonio, Texas, USA See more »


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