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Animal (2005)

When the violent gangster James "Animal" Allen is arrested and sent to prison, his teenage son Darius is left with his mother, but she is assassinated and the boy is raised alone on the ... See full summary »

Director:

David J. Burke

Writers:

David C. Johnson, Ving Rhames (story)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ving Rhames ... Animal
Terrence Howard ... Darius Allen
Chazz Palminteri ... Kassada
Jim Brown ... Berwell
Beverly Todd ... Latreese
Faizon Love ... Double T
Wes Studi ... Creeper
Paula Jai Parker ... Reecy
Taraji P. Henson ... Ramona
César Farrait César Farrait ... Roach (as Cessar 'TNT' Farrait)
Modesto Lacen ... Dinky
Mr. Blackchild Mr. Blackchild ... Spyda (as Black Child)
Hunter Howard Hunter Howard ... Young Darius
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rafael Alvarez Rafael Alvarez ... Paul Wilson (as Rafa Alvarez)
Eugenio Cotto ... Assassin 1 - Berwell (as Eugene Cotto)
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Storyline

When the violent gangster James "Animal" Allen is arrested and sent to prison, his teenage son Darius is left with his mother, but she is assassinated and the boy is raised alone on the streets, becoming a criminal. While in the corrupt prison, Animal works for the powerful prisoner Kassada, but when he meets the revolutionary Berwell, his view of life changes. Animal is released on probation and tries to have a straight life, but his past and his fame haunt him, while he sees that Darius is following his path in a criminal life. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

His Legacy Must End... For His Son's Life To Begin.

Genres:

Drama | Action

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 2007 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Puerto Rico See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson and Paula Jai Parker all appeared together previously in 2005s Hustle & Flow. See more »

Goofs

When Animal (Ving Rhames) is approached in the prison yard and told to come and meet with Kassada (Chazz Palminteri) he tosses away the wadded paper in his mouth. The next cut shows him at the table with Kassada and it's back in his mouth. See more »

Quotes

Animal: I'll peep you later.
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Connections

Followed by Animal 2 (2008) See more »

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Written and Performed by Wyclef Jean
Published by Sony/ATV Tunes (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Koch Entertainment by arrangement with Sugaroof
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To survive in the streets you need to be smart...
3 September 2005 | by freddy_at_homeSee all my reviews

I just saw a screening of this one. I was very happy with how the movie was. I love prison movies and love seeing how they live. Ving Rhames plays The Animal (James) a gangster who kills just for fun and ends up in prison for armed robbery and attempted murder. His son grows up to be just like his father. The Animal is a strong and true story about one man's choice and to have the guts to take it.

I liked this movie. I am a Ving Rhames fan and he did it again. If you like Ving Rhames and like prison movies and gangster movies I think you will like this one.

8/10 Stars in my book


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