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The Elephant in the Living Room -- Praised by critics as one of the best films of the year, The Elephant in the Living Room takes viewers on a journey deep inside the controversial American subculture of raising the most dangerous animals in the world, as common household pets.  

Set against the backdrop of a heated national debate, director Michael Webber chronicles the extraordinary story of two men at the heart of the issue – Tim Harrison, an Ohio police officer whose friend was killed by an exotic pet; and Terry Brumfield, a big-hearted man who struggles to raise two African lions that he loves like his own family. In the first of many unexpected twists, the lives of these two men collide when Terry’s male lion escapes its pen and is found attacking cars on a nearby highway.

Winner of 5 Best Documentary Awards, the film courageously exposes the shocking reality behind the multi-billion dollar exotic pet industry with stunning photography, inspiring storytelling and unprecedented access into a world rarely seen, right in our own backyard.


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  (in credits order)
Tim Harrison ... Himself
Terry Brumfield ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Russ Clear ... Himself
Casey Craig ... Himself
Pat Craig ... Himself
Zuzana Kukol ... Herself
Raymond Little ... Himself
Scott Shoemaker ... Himself
Bill Stiffler ... Himself

Directed by
Michael Webber 
Produced by
John T. Adkins .... co-producer
Ross Hammer .... executive producer
Joe Kirby .... co-executive producer
Mark Morgan .... co-producer
Russ Muntz .... executive producer
Michael Webber .... producer
Original Music by
David E. Russo 
Cinematography by
Michael Webber 
Film Editing by
Michael Webber 
Editorial Department
John T. Adkins .... additional editor
Jimmy Fisco .... assistant editor
Barry O'Brien .... additional editor
Other crew
Alex Harrison .... production assistant
Karl Simanonok .... thanks: web support

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Rated PG for thematic material including some disturbing situations, mild language and smoking
USA:96 min
Aspect Ratio:
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USA:PG (certificate #46774)
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The truth may be hard to take, but it needs to be swallowed!, 21 September 2011
Author: lori-19-277396 from Fort Wayne, IN

I for one will back Tim Harrison 150% on his claims in this film. Having been the person answering the phone for more than five years at a non-profit exotic animal sanctuary whose mission is to provide permanent 'end of life' care to captive-raised, non-domestic animals like those depicted in the film, I know what he says to be true! We, too, field more than 100 requests each year to 'adopt', or graciously accept private owners' "donations" (such a grand term for dumping their burdens on us) of their grown-up big cats, monkeys, iguanas, pythons, giant tortoises, bears, and other non-domestic 'pets'. WHAT IS THE PURPOSE for having living beings caged in this way? There is no valid reason other than to satisfy human ego, curiosity, and for profit. Period. If the general public doesn't know that's the case, then this film is a great starting point to become informed! It is not a horror-fest, so don't be afraid!! It is not purely a "message movie", either. This film is a piece of excellence in filmmaking, an extraordinary story-telling feat, and one every single American should see.

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