A story about a troubled boy growing up in England, set in 1983. He comes across a few skinheads on his way home from school, after a fight. They become his new best friends even like family. Based on experiences of director Shane Meadows.
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
I Hope I Never Get Too Old (To Rock N' Roll)
Written by Billy Swann
Published by Trellis Music (BMI)
Administered by Bug Music Inc.
Performed by Harry Dean Stanton
Courtesy of Restless Records
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Excellent ensemble cast of character actors buoys Bunker's gritty tale
ANIMAL FACTORY (2000) *** Willem Dafoe, Edward Furlong, Mickey Rourke, Tom Arnold, Steve Buscemi, John Heard, Danny Trejo, Mark Boone, Jr., Seymour Cassel, Edward Bunker. Actor Buscemi's sophomore effort behind the camera (he co-stars in a bit role as a prison review committee chairman) proves he is no fluke in capturing a strong narrative (set in a cold, hard prison) by way of a character-driven story based on Bunker's semi-autobiographical novel (which he co-scripted the screenplay with John Steppling) focusing on first-time offender Furlong thrown to the wolves with only wary, all-knowing lifer Dafoe (both equally effectively good) looking for their best interests to survive.
Excellent ensemble of some of the finest character actors (including ex-con Trejo who co-produced with Buscemi) working today.
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