The Young Poisoner's Handbook

1995, Comedy/Drama, 1h 46m

14 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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Graham Young (Hugh O'Conor) is a teenage misfit living in suburban London in the 1960s. He hates his stepmother (Ruth Sheen) but loves chemistry, and the two impulses unite in a wicked plot to slowly poison her. After she dies, he's found guilty and sent to a psychiatric hospital, where an idealistic doctor (Antony Sher) thinks he can be cured. Upon release, Graham finds a job, but struggles to fight back his old urges for murder. The film is based on the true story of the "Teacup Murderer."

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  • Sep 22, 2012
    It doesn't delve into its subjects psyche enough for my taste, but there is a interesting bluntness to its narrative. A Sociopathic Megalomaniac will continue to be a Sociopathic Megalomaniac, regardless of how much dream analysis they undergo.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 28, 2012
    "He gave his life to his research, so did his family." [Tagline] The biographical sketch of the protagonist is indeed extraordinary, but the way the events are portrayed herein hampers its effect. Despite fictionalizing the accounts, the movie fails to maintain enough interest. Wish the makers were dedicated enough!!!
    familiar s Super Reviewer
  • Mar 13, 2010
    Quite the little hidden morbidly dark comedy gem.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 14, 2009
    not the best movie i have ever seen and neither was it fill of the best acting ive ever seen but damn is it creepy with the way he goes round poisoning people and seeing them gradually die but yet you have enough sympathy for him to actually find out what happens and want to watch the film to see if he gets cured or not
    Lone W Super Reviewer

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