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Animal Factory (2000)

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A young man goes to prison and a tough, older convict takes him under his wing as a mentor.

Director:

Steve Buscemi

Writers:

Edward Bunker (novel), Edward Bunker (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Willem Dafoe ... Earl Copen
Edward Furlong ... Ron Decker
Danny Trejo ... Vito
Mark Boone Junior ... Paul Adams
Seymour Cassel ... Lt. Seeman
Mickey Rourke ... Jan the Actress
Tom Arnold ... Buck Rowan
John Heard ... James Decker
Chris Bauer ... Bad Eye
Rockets Redglare Rockets Redglare ... Big Rand
Jake La Botz Jake La Botz ... Jesse (as Jake LaBotz)
Mark Engelhardt ... T.J.
Edward Bunker ... Buzzard
Victor Pagan ... Psycho Mike
Ernest Harden Jr. ... Richland
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Storyline

Ron, who's young, slight, and privileged, is sentenced to prison on marijuana charges. For whatever reason, he brings out paternal feelings in an 18-year prison veteran, Earl Copan, who takes Ron under his wing. The film explores the nature of that relationship, Ron's part in Earl's gang, and the way Ron deals with aggressive cons intent on assault and rape. There's casual racism, too, in the prisoners and the guards, a strike called by Black prisoners, and the nearly omnipresence of hard drugs. Ron's lawyer is working on getting Ron out quickly, Earl has a shot at parole, and death seems to be waiting in the next cell. Will prison turn Ron into an animal? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

"Before Prison Break there was Animal Factory" See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, violence and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 2000 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Elukkatehdas See more »

Filming Locations:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,746, 22 October 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$43,805, 26 November 2000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Willem Dafoe shaved his head for his role as Earl Copen. See more »

Goofs

Ron's hair when he first meets Earl. See more »

Quotes

Earl Copen: Better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven.
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Headset Zen
Written by T. Graham, B. Luckinbill, & C. Eisner (ASCAP)
Performed by Illegibles
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A Very Deep and Dark Prison Tale
13 July 2010 | by jfcthejockSee all my reviews

I liked Animal Factory, not really because it pays homage to Shawshank Redemption, but simply because of how dark and gritty the film is in portraying prison life. Violent, unnerving, shocking at times but still it holds a message that we house these people in prisons with poor quality with the real animals. Young offenders put in with experienced and hardened prisoners who manipulate them.

My only issue was the duration of the film, I kinda get critical of short films especially ones I really enjoy and don't want to finish too quickly. I can't criticise the performances, as its one the strongest suits of the film with both Dafoe and Furlong. However to me it was Wiilem Dafoe who stole the screen for me, as to me he is an amazing actor. In the film, he portrayed a real down to earth man who had years of experience.

All in all Animal Factory is an unknown film, but it more than made up for it in many ways. Had it not gone straight to DVD, and actually had some advertising and screened in cinemas it could have made a tidy profit. If you like your prison dramas, gritty and dark Animal Factory is your kind of thing.


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