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Young Poisoner's Handbook [DVD] [1995] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007XFZZ0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 218,932 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "steviesun" on 8 Dec. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
When this film is gruesome, it's very very gruesome. And when it's brilliant, it's very very brilliant. And that is most of the time.
This film is very British in its grittiness. Not all that is on the screen is nice to watch, and not just when you have people coming up through toilets and the like, but you find yourself watching it none the less. This film is never boring, there is always something to hold your interest, if you want it to be held.
I have to make mention of Hugh O'Conor. I think he is a very good actor. He pulls off the age range he has to show, from the school boy who isn't allowed to take books about poison out of the library, to a guy well into his twenties. He also displays depth to the character. After watching this film I am a huge fan of his.
And a word of warning. You might like to make your own cups of tea after watching this film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. Morgan on 15 July 2014
Format: DVD
This is a remarkable story. In fact I remember reading about a Graham Young, a youth who murdered his mother, went to Boadmoor, was released On Licence then went on to poison again. At the time he was the only person to have two separate Murder convictions. Of undistinguished education but a true autodidact, the wilful, dangerous Young is embodied in a remarkably ebullient performance by its young lead. He captures the weird intoxication of young Young, transfixed by the Platonic world of chemicals, a sort of weirdo alchemist who transmutes base life into the perfection of death. The drab greyness of north London in the 1950s is nicely caught too. The performances, including one by the late, much-missed Charlotte Colman, are excellent and the director's bold gamble to find images for the man's desire pays off; it is a bold move. An inexplicable psychopath, thus not easily understood, he is graspable here (perhaps). Antony Sher plays the ingenuous shrink well and the others lend a nice prosaic quality to what is a sort of warped fairytale where all is assuredly not Happy Ever After. Or anyone at any time, save young Graham with notebook and kit. Enthralling.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. J. Kennedy on 22 Mar. 2007
Format: DVD
This modestly budgeted British-German co-production didn't receive much of a cinema release over here in the UK and is probably best remembered by the few who have seen it from its occasional screening on Channel 4.

A pitch black comedy drama it revolves around the life and crimes (how cliche...) of renowned teenaged poisoner Graham Young. The film evokes the suffocating tedium of working class British life in the 60s and 70s and in a perverse way makes a hero of the psychopathic young Graham. A cast of familiar British television faces perform outstandingly in this cruelly neglected British comedy.

Be warned, however. This is not a feel good movie in the 'Full Monty' 'Billy Elliot' vein, although visually it shares some similarities. Rather it is both a chilling and hillarious portrait of a uniquely British killer.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 Jun. 2007
Format: DVD
"I was very young when I discovered a gift for chemistry," says Graham Young (Hugh O'Connor), an English lad with wide, innocent eyes and a commitment to the scientific method. After an experiment with the effects of antimony sulfide on a friend who displeased him, Graham decides that further, more complete experiments are necessary. "I had decided what directions my scientific career would take, and there would be no turning back." So at about 13 years of age, he embarks on the slow poisoning of his stepmother, which, after taking meticulous notes, he brings to a conclusion with a few doses of thallium. "I had discovered my metier," Graham says. "Thallium was to be my life's work." He seeks to discover a form of thallium which is odorless, tasteless and colorless, and where a drop or two will be fatal. He also moves on to his father. "Being a good poisoner involves remaining undetected," he observes. "Becoming a famous one would seem to demand being caught."

At 14 he becomes famous, his father survives, and he is judged to be an incurable psychopath. He is placed in a mental institution for life. There he meets Dr. Ernest Zeigler (Antony Sher), a prison psychiatrist who sees through Graham's initial attempts at manipulation and recognizes a very smart young man who, Zeigler believes, can be salvaged. And salvage Graham Young he does, who after years in the asylum is finally released, cured. Graham takes a job in a factory doing stockwork and helping to prepare tea for the tea breaks. And one evening he discovers a cabinet full of chemicals...including thallium. In the weeks that follow Graham rediscovers his passion for chemistry and his commitment to the scientific method. A couple of people die and a whole group of his coworkers come close to before he is found out.
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Good film. Worth watching.
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