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Animal Kingdom (2010)

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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 38 wins & 54 nominations. See more awards »
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Bryce Lindemann ...
Paramedic #1
Paul Smits ...
Paramedic #2
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Hood #1
Chris Weir ...
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Sarah Nguyen ...
Waitress
Lucia Cai ...
Cashier
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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

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A crime story.

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Crime | Drama

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

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3 June 2010 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Carstvo životinja  »

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Budget:

AUD 5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$61,968, 15 August 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,044,039

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,199,608
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2.35 : 1
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This film effectively proved to be a breakthrough role for Sullivan Stapleton. Prior to this, Stapleton had been toiling away in small parts on Australian TV and had occasionally resorted to working as a movie grip and even as a builder. See more »

Quotes

Andrew 'Pope' Cody: Turn around, pig cunt.
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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Summer Special 2010/11 (2010) See more »

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Sitting in Limbo
Written by Jimmy Cliff and Guilly Bright (as Guillermo Bright-Plummer)
Performed by Jimmy Cliff
Published by Island Music Limited
Administered by Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd
Under license from Universal-Island Records Ltd (UK)
Licensed courtesy of Universal Music Australia Pty Ltd
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Total Animal Wisdom
2 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

Great Australian crime-drama. Set in Australia, Animal Kingdom follows the story of "J", a young man who is taken in by his Granny after the sudden death of his junkie Mother. While in the company of his Grandmother and Uncles "J" finds out that they are involved in some of the worst crimes that have been taking place in Melbourne, in the eighties. What now stays in front of him is to try and find his way out of their clan or become one of them. The film delivers a great deal of realistic energy and feel of realism. This realism is achieved through the unfolding story whose logic is unrelentingly factual, and the extraordinary acting of a number of the players, including Jacki Weaver, James Frecheville, Ben Mendelsohn and Guy Pearce. Although violent, the film is to be commended for not celebrating crime and violence. The scenes of violence are short, unexpected, energetic, delivered briskly without lingering on unnecessary gore effects and details. The characters and violence are simply what they are, and all the more authentic for it. Great first feature debut by David Michod as a director. Highly recommended.


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