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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 »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was screened in Sweden on national TV at prime time, aired over two nights. As part of the transmission, some of Sweden's more influential politicians were asked to watch the film and discuss it afterwards. Ultimately this led to legislative change in Sweden over the treatment of animals. See more »

Alternate Versions

Despite the strong subject matter and scenes of animal suffering the film was never cut by the BBFC, due to the scenes in the film being genuine and not staged for the camera. However the 1982 Channel 4 showing was edited by the TV channel itself after legal advice and removed a scene featuring Animal Liberation Front members preparing for a raid. See more »


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~ awesome expose. everyone must see this film. ~
24 November 2004 | by rrrinaSee all my reviews

This is the most powerful and all-encompassing expose on the animal exploiting industries (including the meat, dairy, fur, and vivisection industries) I have seen to date. It (unfortunately) remains as valid today as it was over twenty years ago when it was made. This is the film that definitively turned me into a vegetarian. Most people choose to remain selectively ignorant about these issues because they are too painful and upsetting to look at. Doesn't that suggest that maybe there is something inherently WRONG with the way in which we treat animals in our society? A must-see.

Rina http://www.rrrina.com/

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