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The Poison Rose (2019)

R | | Drama, Thriller | 24 May 2019 (USA)
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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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Credited cast:
Famke Janssen ... Jayne Hunt
Brendan Fraser ... Dr. Miles Mitchell
John Travolta ... Carson Philips
Morgan Freeman ... Doc
Peter Stormare ... Slide
Robert Patrick ... Chief Walsh
Kat Graham ... Rose
Ella Bleu Travolta ... Rebecca Hunt
Claudia Gerini ... Violet Gregory
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Nick Vallelonga ... Nick the Giant Bodyguard
Julie Lott ... Mrs. Johnson
Ashley Atwood ... Nurse Melissa
Nadine Lewington ... Geraldine
Alice Pagani ... Violet Gregory


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.


Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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



USA | Italy



Release Date:

24 May 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Poison Rose See more »

Filming Locations:

San Antonio, Texas, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


"The Poison Rose" marks the first on-screen collab between John Travolta and Morgan Freeman. See more »


Movie is supposed to take place in 1978 but the scene during the credits shows a flyover of a pier with an amusement park on it with roller coasters that were not of that design in the 1970's. See more »

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Oh dear, John
25 May 2019 | by MooveeVuSee all my reviews

My oh my where to begin? I can understand JT's attraction to this movie. It starts off as a classic old noir detective show (with JT as the narrator). Quite intriguing standard Maltese Falcon/Raymond Chandler style to begin with light tinges of Get Shorty and Pulp Fiction thrown in. I feel that this may be what attracted both John and Morgan initially. The doe eyed secretary and beautiful, mysterious woman waiting in his office when he escapes from the hitmen sent by (presumably) his bookie for outstanding debts. The lure of the dollars offered and a trip back to his hometown (with the bad memories) offers some interesting plot lines and, indeed, the film shapes up as having some potential. Morgan Freeman is introduced as the evil doer (who knows how he got there??) Then, (OMG THEN!!).....this movie rapidly spirals into self implosion worse than the Simpsons 3d episode!!! Seemingly rushing toward a timeframe ending with Keystone Kop like shootouts, ridiculous and implausible twists and turns and a finale that is blatantly obvious to even the most unobservant viewer (supposed twist at the end easily figured out way earlier!). The acting (from all) towards the end would embarrass a 7th grade school play lead. It seems as though everyone involved just wanted it to end asap (as did I). A real disappointment given that the start was quite good but it is a sad indictment on some of the potentially great actors of our time that, in the twilight of their careers, they are signing on for roles that are not only laughable but ruining their reputations and are certainly below the skillset, experience and expertise that they have achieved through out their long and illustrious professional working life. 3 points for a reasonable beginning, the rest is abysmal.

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