Animal Factory (2000)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  1 August 2000 (Spain)
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A young man goes to prison and a tough, older convict takes him under his wing as a mentor.



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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 <>

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Crime | Drama

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

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Release Date:

1 August 2000 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Elukkatehdas  »

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$5,746 (USA) (20 October 2000)


ESP 37,350,293 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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Rosa's Lounge is mentioned by Jesse played by Jake La Botz. Rosa's Lounge is a well known real Blues club in Chicago that has been in business since 1984. On occasion, La Botz still performs at Rosa's. See more »


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


Earl Copen: Better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven.
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Published by Trellis Music (BMI)
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A good prison movie.
10 June 2002 | by (Fredrikstad,Norway) – See all my reviews

Over the years there have been made many prison movies,but I dont think many of them really reflect how terrible a prison is.I think this movie shows it in a more realistic way than many other movies.The movie tells us that you got to have connections within the prison to survive and that friends are everything.This movie is the portrait of a young boy who ends up in a prison,and luckily he gets introduced with one of the leaders among the white inmates and therefor has a chance. In the roles you'll find Willem Dafoe (which does a wonderful job in this movie) and Edward Furlong who also is very good.As some other inmates you'll find Danny Trejo who always looks really tough and scary and Mickey Rourke in totally new role that I never thought would work for him.See the movie and find out what I am talking about.

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