The Young Poisoner's Handbook


1h 39m 1995

Brief Synopsis

It's 1961, and in a small terraced house in Neasden, overlooking London's busy North Circular Road, 14-year-old Graham Young is hunched over his home-made chemistry set. Obsessed by the mysterious black powder Antimony and a heavy metal called Thallium, Graham knows the only way to become the celebr

Film Details

Also Known As
Den unge giftmördarens handbok, Le Manuel du jeune empoisonneur, Young Poisoner's Handbook
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1995
Production Company
British Screen Finance; Eurimages; Haut Et Court; Pandora Films; Pandora Films; StudioCanal; Studiocanal
Distribution Company
Cinepix Film Properties Productions (CFP); Ascot Elite Entertainment Group; Cabin Fever Entertainment Inc; Haut Et Court; StudioCanal; Studiocanal
Location
Germany; London, England, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 39m

Synopsis

It's 1961, and in a small terraced house in Neasden, overlooking London's busy North Circular Road, 14-year-old Graham Young is hunched over his home-made chemistry set. Obsessed by the mysterious black powder Antimony and a heavy metal called Thallium, Graham knows the only way to become the celebrated toxicologist he boasts himself to be is to test out his chemical theories on a control group. His experiments on family and schoolfriends lead to chronic illness, disfigurement, agonizing death... and to Graham being convicted of murder and imprisoned in a high security mental hospital for the criminally insane. Eight years later, on the recommendation of Dr. Zeigler, famous for his pioneering work with psychopaths, Graham is paroled and sent back into society. But has he really been rehabilitated? His new workmates at the photographic laboratory will soon find out because it's there he's reunited with an old friend he hasn't seen in years--Thallium, bottles and bottles of the seductive stuff....

Film Details

Also Known As
Den unge giftmördarens handbok, Le Manuel du jeune empoisonneur, Young Poisoner's Handbook
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1995
Production Company
British Screen Finance; Eurimages; Haut Et Court; Pandora Films; Pandora Films; StudioCanal; Studiocanal
Distribution Company
Cinepix Film Properties Productions (CFP); Ascot Elite Entertainment Group; Cabin Fever Entertainment Inc; Haut Et Court; StudioCanal; Studiocanal
Location
Germany; London, England, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 39m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Co-winner, along with Fridrik Thor Fridriksson's "Cold Fever" (Iceland/1995), of the Channel 4 Director's Award at the 1995 Drambuie Edinburgh Film Festival.

Expanded Release in United States April 19, 1996

Released in United States 1995

Released in United States August 1995

Released in United States February 1995

Released in United States January 1995

Released in United States March 1, 1996

Released in United States May 1995

Released in United States on Video January 7, 1997

Released in United States September 1995

Released in United States Winter February 23, 1996

Shown at American Film Market (AFM) in Los Angeles February 23 - March 3, 1995.

Shown at Berlin International Film Festival February 9-20, 1995.

Shown at Cannes Film Festival (market) May 17-28, 1995.

Shown at Drambuie Edinburgh Film Festival August 13-27, 1995.

Shown at Locarno International Film Festival (in competition) August 3-13, 1995.

Shown at Sundance Film Festival (Special Screenings) in Park City, Utah January 19-29, 1995.

Shown at Toronto International Film Festival (First Cinema) September 7-16, 1995.

Feature directorial debut for Benjamin Ross who graduated from the MFA program in screenwriting and directing at Columbia University in New York City.

Began shooting May 22, 1994.

Completed shooting July 15, 1994.

Released in United States 1995 (Shown at AFI/Los Angeles International Film Festival (British Film Showcase) October 19 - November 2, 1995.)

Released in United States 1995 (Shown at American Film Market (AFM) in Los Angeles February 23 - March 3, 1995.)

Released in United States January 1995 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (Special Screenings) in Park City, Utah January 19-29, 1995.)

Released in United States on Video January 7, 1997

Released in United States February 1995 (Shown at Berlin International Film Festival February 9-20, 1995.)

Released in United States Winter February 23, 1996 (NY)

Expanded Release in United States April 19, 1996

Released in United States March 1, 1996 (Nuart; Los Angeles)

Released in United States May 1995 (Shown at Cannes Film Festival (market) May 17-28, 1995.)

Released in United States August 1995 (Shown at Drambuie Edinburgh Film Festival August 13-27, 1995.)

Released in United States August 1995 (Shown at Locarno International Film Festival (in competition) August 3-13, 1995.)

Released in United States September 1995 (Shown at Toronto International Film Festival (First Cinema) September 7-16, 1995.)