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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 »

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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:
Junior Alvarez Junior Alvarez ... Kevin Belzer
Rafael Alvarez Rafael Alvarez ... Paul Wilson (as Rafa Alvarez)
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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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His Legacy Must End... For His Son's Life To Begin.

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Drama | Action

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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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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

Darius Allen: You used to be 'Animal'
Animal: I used to be a slave.
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Referenced in Yes Man (2008) See more »

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An important movie that needs to be seen
28 December 2005 | by spencerpriestSee all my reviews

Ving Rhames has made a very important movie that needs a much wider audience than it has received thus far. The story is that of a man who is living a life on a road to nowhere, with a wife and son (Terrence Howard) but without a clue how to be a husband or father. He ends up in jail, and meets a man (Jim Brown) who changes how he sees himself, those around him, and life itself. He returns only to find that his son has become the very man he once was, and is now trying to forget. What follows is a moving tale about how a father does all he can to make life better for the next generation.

Rhames and Howard are excellent in their lead roles while Chazz Palminteri and Jim Brown are solid support. Though not of the highest cinematic quality, the film serves its purpose well and delivers a message to a young generation in desperate need of guidance. If you want to be moved and provoked to think critically, this movie is the perfect recipe.


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