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The Elephant in the Living Room -- Praised by critics as one of the best films of the year, director Michael Webber exposes the controversial American subculture of raising wild predators as common household pets.
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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
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USA:PG (certificate #46774)
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These people are nuts!!, 10 February 2012
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Normally I wouldn't be quite so blunt in my summary, but wow--the people featured in this film who owned these incredibly dangerous 'pets' were crazy!! While I knew there were a lot of sick folks who owned big cats and chimps, I didn't realize the problem was that bad. The documentary folks do two things--travel with people who are trying to get these animals away from irresponsible owners as well as show the owners themselves. While the film is clearly against most folks having these animals as pets, it equivocated a bit from time to time--such as Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation officials saying that they were NOT in favor of banning the owning of these animals and the film portrayed the owners rather decently.

Overall, a very bizarre but important film--important because crocodiles, tigers, chimps and the like are quite probably living near you! In fact, the Dayton, Ohio locale for some of the film was a bit scary, as I used to live between Dayton and Cincinnati--and there are apparently LOTS of insanely dangerous animals in that area.

Also, the film apparently came out just before the biggest and scariest story about insane people with exotics--the man near Zanesville, Ohio who deliberately released his dangerous managerie (which included 18 tigers) and then killed himself!! Wow...

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