Ron, who's young, slight, and privileged, is sentenced to prison on marijuana charges. For whatever reason, he brings out paternal feelings in an 18-year prison veteran, Earl Copan, who takes Ron under his wing. The film explores the nature of that relationship, Ron's part in Earl's gang, and the way Ron deals with aggressive cons intent on assault and rape. There's casual racism, too, in the prisoners and the guards, a strike called by Black prisoners, and the nearly omnipresence of hard drugs. Ron's lawyer is working on getting Ron out quickly, Earl has a shot at parole, and death seems to be waiting in the next cell. Will prison turn Ron into an animal?Written by
Rosa's Lounge is mentioned by Jesse played by Jake La Botz. Rosa's Lounge is a well known real Blues club in Chicago that has been in business since 1984. On occasion, La Botz still performs at Rosa's. See more »
I Hope I Never Get Too Old (To Rock N' Roll)
Written by Billy Swann
Published by Trellis Music (BMI)
Administered by Bug Music Inc.
Performed by Harry Dean Stanton
Courtesy of Restless Records
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"Animal Factory" is a plodding journeyman drama about prison life, uncommonly tame as prison flicks go. The film focuses on the Defoe character, a long time inmate who "owns this jail", and his relationships with other inmates, prison employees, and especially a new pretty boy convict played by Furlong. The film is technically okay, artistically nothing special, well cast and acted, with a the story which paints an apparently honest picture of prison life from prison politics to unspoken/unwritten codes, etc. A worthy effort and an okay watch for those with an interest in prison flicks.
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