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Animal Room (1995)

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Cynical and intelligent Arnold Mosk, a known drug user, is put into a disciplinary program at his high school meant for the seriously disturbed where he becomes the main target of the psychopathic Doug Van Housen and his gang.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Payne Bell ...
Pink
Dechen Thurman ...
Hinge
Eddie Malavarca ...
Porky
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Doug Van Housen
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Shelly
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Eddie LeMaster (as Brian Vincent)
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Arnold Mosk
Stephen Pearlman ...
Principal Jones
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Dr. Rankin
Pamela Kramer ...
Teacher 1
John Digaletos ...
Teacher 2
Madison Arnold ...
Older Guard
Paula Stevens ...
Teacher 3
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Gary Trancer
Scott MacCann ...
Gary's Friend
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Exasperated over their lack of viable solutions to problem students and growing school violence, teachers and school administrators institute a trial program whereby they can lock away those kids who "don't fit into the mainstream profile." Brainy malcontent Arnold Mosk - despite strenuous objections from his school counselor - is labeled a trouble student and herded into the program for dropping acid to escape his problems, both those at school and at home. While old friend Gary Trancer tries to reconnect with and support Arnold, sociopath Doug Van Housen takes cruel delight in leading his gang of violent school thugs to torment and bully those around him, especially Arnold, leading to tragedy. Written by statmanjeff

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Principal Jones: We simply can not allow the tail to wag the dog any longer.
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one of the best films I've ever seen
26 August 2001 | by (new york) – See all my reviews

I loved Animal Room...not everyones cup of tea but I thought it was fantastic. Incredible visuals and the story kept me on the edge of my seat. Performances were compelling and everytime I thought I knew where the story was going...it took a turn I both enjoyed and never expected. The filmmaker has a lot to say and does a beautiful job without seeming "preachy" or heavy handed. Honest and raw...this film touches nerves most films don't dare go near. It's a bit darker than most but I've never been rocked by a film in such a way and it really stayed with me. Totally original....might freak out older or more mainstream folks..I saw this film with a group of friends and they were equally impressed. Matt Lillard was never better. Check this one out!


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