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Animal Kingdom (2010)

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A seventeen year-old navigates his survival amongst an explosive criminal family and the detective who thinks he can save him.

Director:

David Michôd

Writer:

David Michôd
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 38 wins & 54 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Frecheville ... Joshua 'J' Cody
Bryce Lindemann Bryce Lindemann ... Paramedic #1
Paul Smits Paul Smits ... Paramedic #2
Jacki Weaver ... Janine 'Smurf' Cody
Joel Edgerton ... Barry 'Baz' Brown
Luke Ford ... Darren Cody
Sullivan Stapleton ... Craig Cody
Mirrah Foulkes ... Catherine Brown
Anthony Ahern Anthony Ahern ... Armed Robbery Detective
Justin Rosniak ... Detective Randall Roache
Michael Vice ... Hood #1
Chris Weir ... Hood #2
Laura Wheelwright ... Nicky Henry
Sarah Nguyen Sarah Nguyen ... Waitress
Lucia Cai Lucia Cai ... Cashier
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Storyline

Despite being no saint herself, Julia Cody has shielded her seventeen year old son, Joshua "J" Cody, from her Melbourne-based criminal relatives who they have not seen in years. After Julia dies in front of J's eyes from a self-inflicted heroin overdose, J, who is slightly detached from life, feels he has no choice but to contact his maternal grandmother, Janine "Smurf" Cody, the family matriarch, for a place to live. Smurf rules the family with a borderline incestuous love over her three sons, the quietly menacing Andrew "Pope" Cody, the hyperactive Craig Cody, and the barely of age Darren Cody. Pope and his best friend, Barry "Baz" Brown, are armed robbers, with Darren their up and coming apprentice, while Craig is a mid level drug dealer. Melbourne's Armed Robbery Squad is after specifically Pope, who is hiding out. But when the standoff between the Codys and the Armed Robbery Squad is brought up a notch, an all out war ensues, with some casualties and J caught in the middle. The ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

A crime story.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 June 2010 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Carstvo životinja See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD 5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$61,968, 15 August 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,044,039

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,199,608
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Still a high school student, James Frecheville plays a character the same age as himself, though he was much bigger and more adult-looking than the character originally imagined by writer/director 'David Michôd. But Michôd very quickly realized that Frecheville's alpha-male look brought an extra credibility as well as tension to the drama. See more »

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[after the death of Craig]
Janine Cody: [crying] I'm having trouble trying to find my positive spin. I'm usually very good at it. Usually it's right there, and I can just have it. But I'm having trouble finding it now.
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References Australia's Funniest Home Video Show (1990) See more »

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April Sun in Cuba
Written by Paul Hewson & Marc Hunter
Performed by Dragon
(c) 1977, Published by EMI Songs Australia Pty Ltd / Essex Music Australia Pty Ltd
Administered by Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd
Licensed courtesy of Song Music Entertainment Australia Pty Ltd
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Another solid and subtle film coming out of Australia. Catch it.
24 April 2015 | by patrick powellSee all my reviews

I don't know what it is about Australian cinema and filmmakers these past 15 years, but they are just getting better and better. OK, so we here in the Northern Hemisphere don't necessarily get to see the dross. Granted. But what we do see shows that there's talent galore down under. There are, of course, talented actors, writers, cinematographers and directors around the world, but at the moment Australia seems to have found its own voice, its own style which is not just unique, but interesting, accomplished and gripping.

Unlike so much high-energy Hollywood dreck, Animal Kingdom relies on a good script, a gripping story, good acting, solid characterisation and great directing. There is no gratuitous flashiness to cover up bald patches. This particular film's style is minimalist, the camera hand-held (as far as I can see) throughout. But that doesn't lead to tricksy artiness.

It allows the actors to act - it's what they do best after all - with none of them falling back onto the schtick they are always hired for - Bruce Willis being Bruce Willis, Tom Cruise being Tom Cruise, you get the picture. All I can say is if you get the chance to catch this, catch it. Oh, and keep making them, Australia.


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