The Animals Film (1981)

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The film offers a comprehensive examination of the exploitation of animals in modern society.

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Credited cast:
Narrator (voice)
Richard Course ...
Robin Howard ...
Himself - RSPCA
Michael Huskisson ...
Ronnie Lee ...
Tom Regan ...
Richard Ryder ...
Tom Simon ...
David Wetton ...


Shockingly relevant to today, the film probes the use of animals as entertainment, as pets, for food, for scientific and military research. Stuffed with footage never before shown, the film is laced with deliciously ironic extracts of government films and newsreels. The makers had unprecedented access, to Roger Ulrich for example, a noted psychologist whose career was built on experimenting on primates until his life took an astonishing turn... Written by Anonymous

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It's not about them, it's about us.




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Der Tierfilm  »

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Part of the film was funded by artist Willem de Kooning who donated one of his paintings which was then sold at auction. See more »


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Uncompromising document of animal abuse
28 May 2001 | by (Nova Scotia, Canada) – See all my reviews

"The Animals Film" takes us inside the world of factory farming and meat production, looking as well at the behind-the-scene world of animal experimentation research. Much of the footage was shot guerilla-style, with small crews sneaking inside slaughterhouses and compounds. If the purpose of film as art is to change the way a viewer sees the world, then "The Animals Film" is cinema at its best. I saw this film in 1986 and have never eaten meat again. Some of the footage is shocking, but the power of the image to educate and inform is undeniable. In the current age of the 'Mad Cow', it is plain to see that this documentary was ahead of its time.

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