John Travolta Heads Down to Texas in Official 'The Poison Rose' Trailer
by Alex Billington
April 25, 2019
"We live in a world that's full of risk." Lionsgate has released the official trailer for an indie noir thriller titled The Poison Rose, from writer/director George Gallo. Inspired by classic film noir stories, the film stars John Travolta as Carson Phillips, an ex-football star turned private eye working in Hollywood, who's got a soft spot for a lady in distress. He's recruited to go back down to his hometown of Galveston, Texas to search for a missing woman, ending up in all kinds of trouble. The impressive cast also features Morgan Freeman, Famke Janssen, Brendan Fraser, Peter Stormare, Ella Bleu Travolta, Kat Graham, Robert Patrick, Nadine Lewington, and Nick Vallelonga. I don't really know how this got made, and it looks exactly as it's described, without anything interesting or unique about it. Still might be a fun watch?
Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Cinquemani & Gallo & Giliberto's The Poison Rose, from YouTube:
John Travolta plays Carson Philips, a hard-drinking Los Angeles private eye who takes a case in his old hometown of Galveston, Texas. While searching for a missing woman, Philips must confront a crime boss (Morgan Freeman), a shady doctor (Brendan Fraser), a sexy club singer (Kat Graham), his former lover (Famke Janssen) -- as well as his own dark, disturbing past. The Poison Rose is co-directed by filmmakers Francesco Cinquemani (Andron, Beyond the Edge) & George Gallo (a writer on Midnight Run, Bad Boys, The Whole Ten Yards; director of Local Color, My Mom's New Boyfriend, Middle Men, Columbus Circle, Bigger) & Luca Giliberto (making his directorial debut). The screenplay is written by Francesco Cinquemani, Luca Giliberto, Richard Salvatore. This hasn't premiered at any film festivals or elsewhere. Lionsgate will release The Poison Rose in select theaters + on VOD starting May 24th next month. Anyone?
Oh man, what a cast. They only miss Nic Cage to have the full and crazy house ...
shiboleth on Apr 25, 2019
Directed by 3 guys who have never made or directed a decent movie on their own? Pleeeeeeeeze! Plus having to buy Travolta as an ex football star, a drinker and gambler....Pleeeeeeeze! I knew Gallo way back when and read his script for Midnight Run at his house one night as he was trying to get it made. It was one of the best screenplays I'd ever read and very funny. The movie with DeNiro turned out very good. However, since then I don't know what happened go George and his great start. On the plus side there is Morgan Freeman slumming it here, but this is a direct to video B movie at best. I might watch it on cable, but I've always had a rough time believing Travolta and actually hate watching him.
thespiritbo on Apr 25, 2019
Glad to see Brendan Fraser getting more work. He's also good in Doom Patrol.
Electronic Eric on Apr 25, 2019
Ah jeez. Really a shame to waste every one's time on movies like this.
DAVIDPD on Apr 26, 2019
Very excited! Thank you talented George Gallo and Julie Lott Gallo. I think people will find this film fantastic!
Leslie McDonald Denburg on Apr 28, 2019
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