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Poison (1991)

R 04/05/1991 (US) DramaHorrorScience Fiction 1h 25m
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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.

  1. Todd Haynes

    Director, Writer

  2. Jean Genet


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  1. Scott Renderer

    John Broom

  2. James Lyons

    James Lyons

    Jack Bolton

  3. Edith Meeks

    Felicia Beacon

  4. Millie White

    Millie Sklar

  5. Buck Smith

    Gregory Lazar

  6. Rob LaBelle

    Rob LaBelle

    Jay Wete

  7. John Leguizamo

    John Leguizamo


  8. Anne Giotta

    Evelyn McAlpert

  9. Evan Dunsky

    Dr. MacArthur

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Status Released

Original Language English

Budget $250,000.00

Revenue $609,524.00


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