6.6/10
11,780
74 user 57 critic

Animal Factory (2000)

Trailer
1:09 | Trailer

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ON DISC
ALL
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 »
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Trees Lounge (1996)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Tommy is an unemployed mechanic who spends most of his time in a bar (Trees Lounge) in a small blue collar town. He seems to always be thinking, "If only X then I could stop drinking".

Director: Steve Buscemi
Stars: Steve Buscemi, Carol Kane, Mark Boone Junior
Interview I (2007)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

After falling out with his editor, a fading political journalist is forced to interview America's most popular soap actress.

Director: Steve Buscemi
Stars: Sienna Miller, Steve Buscemi, Michael Buscemi
Lonesome Jim (2005)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Failing to make it on his own, twenty-seven-year-old Jim moves back in with his parents and deals with crippling family obligations.

Director: Steve Buscemi
Stars: Casey Affleck, Liv Tyler, Mary Kay Place
Little Odessa (1994)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Early 1990s drama about a family of Soviet Jews living in Brooklyn's Brighton Beach ocean-side neighborhood nicknamed Little Odessa.

Director: James Gray
Stars: Tim Roth, Edward Furlong, Moira Kelly
3 Blind Mice (2003)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

Thomas snoops on people using their web cams, but when he witnesses a murder he calls the police who discover several women have been murdered in the last years in a similar way.

Director: Mathias Ledoux
Stars: Edward Furlong, Emilia Fox, Chiwetel Ejiofor
Comedy

A mental patient is given a "solo pass" to leave the hospital's psychiatric ward for a brief period of time.

Director: Steve Buscemi
Edit

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
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

"Before Prison Break there was Animal Factory" See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 2000 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Elukkatehdas See more »

Filming Locations:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$3,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,746, 22 October 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$43,805, 26 November 2000
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

It took two years to raise the money to finance this film. 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.
See more »

Soundtracks

This Ain't the Way I Come Up (But It's the Way I'm Going Down)
Written and Performed by Jake La Botz
Published by Under the El Music (BMI)
Administered by Bug Music Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Where They Put the Human Waste
8 March 2007 | by raegan_butcherSee all my reviews

Pay no attention to these other reviews; the people who wrote them don't know what they're talking about: In 1996 I was convicted of armed robbery and sent to prison in Washington state for eight years (of which I did seven)and I'm here to tell you that ANIMAL FACTORY is the real deal; I was a lot like the character played by Edward Furlong and I was lucky enough to meet men like the character played by Wilem Dafoe, guys who didn't want to rape me, guys who didn't want to kill me, guys who acted decently amidst all of the indecency.

Since my release from prison in 2003 I am invariably asked the two big questions when it comes to incarceration in this country: A) did I get raped? and B) is prison really like you see on OZ?

Well, luckily, I didn't get raped and I've never seen OZ but anyone who wants to see what prison is like should get a gander at ANIMAL FACTORY. The entire film drips with authenticity. Within 2 minutes I felt that old queasy feeling in my stomach--exactly as if I were back there myself, all over again.

For those of you out there who might think there is still a bit of rebellious glamour left in going to prison, watch ANIMAL FACTORY and take it from me: being locked up is not cool and its not fun and it is not something that anyone should aspire to.


87 of 100 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 74 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed