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American Animals (2018)

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Four young men mistake their lives for a movie and attempt one of the most audacious heists in U.S. history.

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Bart Layton

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Bart Layton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Spencer Reinhard Spencer Reinhard ... The Real Spencer Reinhard
Warren Lipka Warren Lipka ... The Real Warren Lipka
Eric Borsuk Eric Borsuk ... The Real Eric Borsuk
Chas Allen ... The Real Chas Allen
Betty Jean Gooch Betty Jean Gooch ... The Real Betty Jean 'BJ' Gooch (as Betty Jean 'BJ' Gooch)
Evan Peters ... Warren
Blake Jenner ... Chas
Barry Keoghan ... Spencer
Jared Abrahamson ... Eric
Eddie King Eddie King ... Male Art Professor
Karen Wheeling Reynolds Karen Wheeling Reynolds ... Female Art Professor (as Karen Reynolds)
James Rackley ... Active
Drew Starkey ... Frat Boy
Anthony J. Police ... Man with Gun
Ann Dowd ... Betty Jean 'BJ' Gooch
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Storyline

In this crime drama, four bright and well-off college students in Kentucky plot to steal some rare books from their university's Special Collections Library in a misguided quest for personal glory. Based on the story, the film includes interviews with the foursome who attempted the bizarre heist. Starring Barry Keoghan, Evan Peters, Blake Jenner, Jared Abrahamson and Ann Dowd.

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This is not based on a true story. This happened. See more »


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Rated R for language throughout, some drug use and brief crude/sexual material | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Dutch

Release Date:

14 August 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Animals See more »

Filming Locations:

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$134,793, 3 June 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,856,954, 30 August 2018
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Color

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2:39:1
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Trivia

John Waters named this film second among his top ten favorite films released in 2018. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie, when it is explaining what each character is up to now, the text says that Charles Allen II is "writing a book on prison workout regimes." It should be "regimens". A "regime" refers to governments or periods of rule, whereas a "regimen" refers to exercise or any other scheduled activity. See more »

Quotes

Warren Lipka: You're taught your entire life that what you do matters and that you're special. And that, there are things you can point towards that would... which'll show that you're special, that show you're different, when, in all reality, those things... don't matter. And you're not special.
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Connections

References The Sting (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Breathe & Stop
Written by James 'Jay Dee' Yancey (as James Dewitt Yancey), Robert Kool Bell (as Robert Earl Bell), Ronald Bell (as Ronald N. Bell), George Funky Brown (as George Melvin Brown), Q-Tip (as Kamaal Ibn John Fareed), Roy Handy, Cleveland Horne, Robert Spike Mickens, Gene Redd, Gene Redd (as Gene C. Redd), Claydes Smith (as Claydes Eugene Smith), Dennis D.T. Thomas (as Dennis Thomas), Richard Westfield (as Richard Allen Westfield)
Performed by Q-Tip
Published by Universal Music Publishing
Published by Delightful Music Ltd.
By permission of Concord Music Publishing on behalf of Universal Music Z-Tunes LLC
Contains a sample from "N.T., Pts. 1 & 2" performed by Kool & The Gang
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd.
Courtesy of Arista Records LLC Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
Licensed courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment UK Ltd.
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America A...holes
25 June 2018 | by mediatextSee all my reviews

Oh, my God, $11 and almost 2 hours lost in the stupid story of a group of unfunny assholes! Not a terrible movie, somewhat creative, good acting, not badly written, but... are the 4 dumbest guys in history worth giving them attention, time and money?


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