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The Animals Film (1981)

Not Rated | | Documentary | October 1981 (USA)
The film offers a comprehensive examination of the exploitation of animals in modern society.
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Credited cast:
Julie Christie ... Narrator (voice)
Richard Course Richard Course ... Himself
Sandy Dennis
Robin Howard Robin Howard ... Himself - RSPCA
Michael Huskisson Michael Huskisson ... Himself
Ronnie Lee Ronnie Lee ... Himself
Tom Regan Tom Regan ... Himself
Richard Ryder Richard Ryder ... Himself
Tom Simon Tom Simon ... Himself
Roger Elwood Ulrich Roger Elwood Ulrich ... Himself (as Roger Ulrich)
David Wetton David Wetton ... Himself


Shockingly relevant to today, the film probes the use of animals as entertainment, as pets, for food, for scientific and military research. Stuffed with footage never before shown, the film is laced with deliciously ironic extracts of government films and newsreels. The makers had unprecedented access, to Roger Ulrich for example, a noted psychologist whose career was built on experimenting on primates until his life took an astonishing turn... Written by Anonymous

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It's not about them, it's about us.




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Release Date:

October 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Tierfilm See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Beyond the Frame,Slick Pix See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Following its successful screening at the London Film Festival, Britain's fourth TV channel, Channel 4, which was due to launch that autumn, bid to have the film air on its first week of transmission. When it did air, it attracted over a million viewers, a significantly high figure for such a niche channel. See more »

Alternate Versions

25th Anniversary edition DVD 2007 120 minutes. See more »


Written by David Byrne
Performed by Talking Heads
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Uncompromising document of animal abuse
28 May 2001 | by emotion-2See all my reviews

"The Animals Film" takes us inside the world of factory farming and meat production, looking as well at the behind-the-scene world of animal experimentation research. Much of the footage was shot guerilla-style, with small crews sneaking inside slaughterhouses and compounds. If the purpose of film as art is to change the way a viewer sees the world, then "The Animals Film" is cinema at its best. I saw this film in 1986 and have never eaten meat again. Some of the footage is shocking, but the power of the image to educate and inform is undeniable. In the current age of the 'Mad Cow', it is plain to see that this documentary was ahead of its time.

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