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The Elephant in the Living Room (2010)

PG | | Documentary | 2010 (USA)
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Take a journey deep inside the fascinating world where wild exotic animals are kept as household pets.


Michael Webber
5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Tim Harrison Tim Harrison ... Self
Terry Brumfield Terry Brumfield ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Russ Clear Russ Clear ... Self
Casey Craig Casey Craig ... Self
Pat Craig Pat Craig ... Self
Zuzana Kukol Zuzana Kukol ... Self
Raymond Little Raymond Little ... Self
Scott Shoemaker Scott Shoemaker ... Self
Bill Stiffler Bill Stiffler ... Self


The Elephant in the Living Room takes viewers on a journey deep inside the controversial American subculture of raising the most dangerous animals in the world, as common household pets. Set against the backdrop of a heated national debate, director Michael Webber chronicles the extraordinary story of two men at the heart of the issue - Tim Harrison, an Ohio police officer whose friend was killed by an exotic pet; and Terry Brumfield, a mentally unstable man who struggles to selfishly raise two African lions that he loves like his own family in a small cage in his backyard. He does not understand the controversy over "owning" wild animals; the reality is, he keeps them for himself, not because he thinks it puts the lions in a good situation. In the first of many unexpected twists, the lives of these two men collide when Terry's male lion escapes its pen and is found attacking cars on a nearby highway. Winner of 5 Best Documentary Awards, the film courageously exposes the shocking ... Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG for thematic material including some disturbing situations, mild language and smoking

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These people are nuts!!
10 February 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Normally I wouldn't be quite so blunt in my summary, but wow--the people featured in this film who owned these incredibly dangerous 'pets' were crazy!! While I knew there were a lot of sick folks who owned big cats and chimps, I didn't realize the problem was that bad. The documentary folks do two things--travel with people who are trying to get these animals away from irresponsible owners as well as show the owners themselves. While the film is clearly against most folks having these animals as pets, it equivocated a bit from time to time--such as Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation officials saying that they were NOT in favor of banning the owning of these animals and the film portrayed the owners rather decently.

Overall, a very bizarre but important film--important because crocodiles, tigers, chimps and the like are quite probably living near you! In fact, the Dayton, Ohio locale for some of the film was a bit scary, as I used to live between Dayton and Cincinnati--and there are apparently LOTS of insanely dangerous animals in that area.

Also, the film apparently came out just before the biggest and scariest story about insane people with exotics--the man near Zanesville, Ohio who deliberately released his dangerous managerie (which included 18 tigers) and then killed himself!! Wow...

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