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Animal Factory (2000)

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A young man goes to prison and a tough, older convict takes him under his wing as a mentor.

Director:

Steve Buscemi

Writers:

Edward Bunker (novel), Edward Bunker (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Willem Dafoe ... Earl Copen
Edward Furlong ... Ron Decker
Danny Trejo ... Vito
Mark Boone Junior ... Paul Adams
Seymour Cassel ... Lt. Seeman
Mickey Rourke ... Jan the Actress
Tom Arnold ... Buck Rowan
John Heard ... James Decker
Chris Bauer ... Bad Eye
Rockets Redglare Rockets Redglare ... Big Rand
Jake La Botz Jake La Botz ... Jesse (as Jake LaBotz)
Mark Engelhardt ... T.J.
Edward Bunker ... Buzzard
Victor Pagan ... Psycho Mike
Ernest Harden Jr. ... Richland
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Storyline

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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On the Inside the Rules Are Brutal And the Stakes Are High See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, violence and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 2000 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Elukkatehdas See more »

Filming Locations:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,746, 22 October 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$43,805, 26 November 2000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Mickey Rourke improvised some of his dialogue. See more »

Goofs

Ron's hair when he first meets Earl. See more »

Quotes

Earl Copen: Better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven.
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Headset Zen
Written by T. Graham, B. Luckinbill, & C. Eisner (ASCAP)
Performed by Illegibles
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A good prison movie.
10 June 2002 | by martymasterSee all my reviews

Over the years there have been made many prison movies,but I dont think many of them really reflect how terrible a prison is.I think this movie shows it in a more realistic way than many other movies.The movie tells us that you got to have connections within the prison to survive and that friends are everything.This movie is the portrait of a young boy who ends up in a prison,and luckily he gets introduced with one of the leaders among the white inmates and therefor has a chance. In the roles you'll find Willem Dafoe (which does a wonderful job in this movie) and Edward Furlong who also is very good.As some other inmates you'll find Danny Trejo who always looks really tough and scary and Mickey Rourke in totally new role that I never thought would work for him.See the movie and find out what I am talking about.


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