Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

ON DISC
When the violent gangster James "Animal" Allen is arrested and sent to prison, his teenage son Darius is left with his mother, but she is assassinated and the boy is raised alone on the ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

, (story)
Reviews
1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Animal 2 (2008)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Years after being shot by his eldest son Darius and taking the fall for his crimes, former gangster James "Animal" Allen serves a life sentence at Folsom Prison. When a riot breaks out ... See full summary »

Director: Ryan Combs
Stars: Ving Rhames, Vicellous Shannon, Richard Waugh
Caged Animal (2010)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Cain, a crime king-pin sentenced to life in prison, sees his son Ricky come to jail on charges of accessory to murder, followed shortly by one of the gangsters he was charged with ... See full summary »

Director: Ryan Combs
Stars: Ving Rhames, Nipsey Hussle, Gillie Da Kid
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A drug kingpin's return home touches off a turf war.

Director: Ernest R. Dickerson
Stars: DMX, David Arquette, Michael Ealy
First Time Felon (TV Movie 1997)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Inspired by the true story of Greg Yance. In the film, Yance (Epps) is a hood who goes to jail for possession of drugs. He is given a choice: 5 years in jail or a couple of months in boot ... See full summary »

Director: Charles S. Dutton
Stars: Omar Epps, Delroy Lindo, Rachel Ticotin
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A black detective becomes embroiled in a web of danger while searching for a fortune in missing drug money.During the course of his investigation, he encounters various old connections, ... See full summary »

Director: Keenen Ivory Wayans
Stars: Keenen Ivory Wayans, Charles S. Dutton, Jada Pinkett Smith
Baby Boy (2001)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

This is the story of Jody, an unemployed young black man, who's been living with his mother for several years, even though he's got a child of his own. Romantically, he's having ... See full summary »

Director: John Singleton
Stars: AlexSandra Wright, Tyrese Gibson, Taraji P. Henson
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Marvin Bookman is a small shop owner in Gary, Indiana, USA. After he sees a drive-by shooting of Laurie Thompson's son by a local gang, he gives up the license number of the car to the ... See full summary »

Directors: Larry Cohen, Fred Williamson
Stars: Fred Williamson, Jim Brown, Pam Grier
Above the Rim (1994)
Crime | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Story of a promising high school basketball star and his relationships with two brothers, one a drug dealer and the other a former basketball star fallen on hard times and now employed as a security guard.

Director: Jeff Pollack
Stars: Duane Martin, Tupac Shakur, Leon
Hustle & Flow (2005)
Crime | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

With help from his friends, a Memphis pimp in a mid-life crisis attempts to become a successful hip-hop emcee.

Director: Craig Brewer
Stars: Terrence Howard, Ludacris, Anthony Anderson
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

In this film, we see the world through the eyes of main character Justice, a young African-American poet. A mail carrier invites a few friends along for a long overnight delivery run.

Director: John Singleton
Stars: Janet Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Regina King
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

In BACK IN THE DAY, Reggie Cooper, a young man from the rough side of the tracks who lives with his divorced, affluent father in order to avoid the gang activity that almost claimed his ... See full summary »

Director: James Hunter
Stars: Joe Morton, Ja Rule, Norman Grant
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

An observable, fast-talking party man Darnell Wright, gets his punishment when one of his conquests takes it personally and comes back for revenge in this 'Fatal Attraction'-esque comic ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Lawrence
Stars: Martin Lawrence, Lynn Whitfield, Regina King
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
César Farrait ...
Roach (as Cessar 'TNT' Farrait)
...
Black Child ...
Hunter Howard ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Junior Alvarez ...
Rafael Alvarez ...
Paul Wilson (as Rafa Alvarez)
Edit

Storyline

When the violent gangster James "Animal" Allen is arrested and sent to prison, his teenage son Darius is left with his mother, but she is assassinated and the boy is raised alone on the streets, becoming a criminal. While in the corrupt prison, Animal works for the powerful prisoner Kassada, but when he meets the revolutionary Berwell, his view of life changes. Animal is released on probation and tries to have a straight life, but his past and his fame haunt him, while he sees that Darius is following his path in a criminal life. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

His Legacy Must End... For His Son's Life To Begin.

Genres:

Drama | Action

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

5 September 2007 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Prison Block  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson and Paula Jai Parker all appeared together previously in 2005s Hustle & Flow. See more »

Goofs

When Animal (Ving Rhames) is approached in the prison yard and told to come and meet with Kassada (Chazz Palminteri) he tosses away the wadded paper in his mouth. The next cut shows him at the table with Kassada and it's back in his mouth. See more »

Quotes

Reecy: [to Animal] Who'd you kill on your son's birthday?
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Yes Man (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Rewind the Hands Of Time
Written by Ramel Gill
Performed by Black Child
Produced by Irv Gotti / Chink Santana
Published by Ramel Gill Publishing (BMI)
Courtesy of The Inc. Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
To survive in the streets you need to be smart...
3 September 2005 | by (Arendal, Norway) – See all my reviews

I just saw a screening of this one. I was very happy with how the movie was. I love prison movies and love seeing how they live. Ving Rhames plays The Animal (James) a gangster who kills just for fun and ends up in prison for armed robbery and attempted murder. His son grows up to be just like his father. The Animal is a strong and true story about one man's choice and to have the guts to take it.

I liked this movie. I am a Ving Rhames fan and he did it again. If you like Ving Rhames and like prison movies and gangster movies I think you will like this one.

8/10 Stars in my book


6 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
what happens at the end of the movie???? jprescod
Shoelaces.... rkim73
Is this a Remake of..... KrayzieBone1999
book animal by sanyika shakur bignoyd41
song request thuglife604
Tracklisting shastaa-1
Discuss Animal (2005) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page