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Animal Kingdom (2010)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  3 June 2010 (Australia)
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A seventeen year-old navigates his survival amongst an explosive criminal family and the detective who thinks he can save him.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joshua 'J' Cody
Bryce Lindemann ...
Paramedic #1
Paul Smits ...
Paramedic #2
Barry 'Baz' Brown
Darren Cody
Craig Cody
Catherine Brown
Anthony Ahern ...
Armed Robbery Detective
Detective Randall Roache
Hood #1
Chris Weir ...
Hood #2
Nicky Henry
Sarah Nguyen ...
Lucia Cai ...


Despite being no saint herself, Julia Cody has shielded her seventeen year old son, Joshua "J" Cody, from her Melbourne-based criminal relatives who they have not seen in years. After Julia dies in front of J's eyes from a self-inflicted heroin overdose, J, who is slightly detached from life, feels he has no choice but to contact his maternal grandmother, Janine "Smurf" Cody, the family matriarch, for a place to live. Smurf rules the family with a borderline incestuous love over her three sons, the quietly menacing Andrew "Pope" Cody, the hyperactive Craig Cody, and the barely of age Darren Cody. Pope and his best friend, Barry "Baz" Brown, are armed robbers, with Darren their up and coming apprentice, while Craig is a mid level drug dealer. Melbourne's Armed Robbery Squad is after specifically Pope, who is hiding out. But when the standoff between the Codys and the Armed Robbery Squad is brought up a notch, an all out war ensues, with some casualties and J caught in the middle. The ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A crime story.


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

3 June 2010 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Carstvo životinja  »

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Box Office


AUD 5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$61,968 (USA) (13 August 2010)


$1,043,798 (USA) (11 March 2011)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film is loosely based on the Melbourne crime scene in the 1980s, and the Pettingills crime family. Also, the random revenge murder of two patrolmen recreates the 1988 Walsh Street police shootings. See more »


Craig Cody: [after handing J. a handgun] Go get him.
Joshua 'J' Cody: And do what?
Craig Cody: Let him know who's king.
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10 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of those movies that grabs you from the excellent opening credits as the camera pans over security camera stills of a gang of Melbourne thugs robbing banks. The audience, which was rustling noisy junk food through the previews, fell silent very quickly.

Jackie Weaver as the Matriarch of this crime family was amazing.

It felt a little "talkie" until about half way through, but there is tension right from the beginning that carries you through. Every character is connected to every other as if by springs quivering with tension or compression and the movie really delivers holding the resolution to the final frame where everything shifts into a new alignment.

I really enjoyed Animal Kingdom, it does not glamorize the life of these crims the way Underbelly or Sopranos does, and the cops reflect the dirty history of the Melbourne's finest too (Guy Pearce reprising his role in LA Confidential as a rare Mr Clean). Overall I think David Simon (The Wire) would approve of Animal Kingdom.

Anyone who has wondered how murderers can be loved by their Moms (isn't that most everyone?) should see this movie, it isn't a TV experience it really works well on the big screen.

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