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Animal Kingdom (2010)

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Animal Kingdom is a movie starring James Frecheville, Guy Pearce, and Joel Edgerton. A seventeen year-old navigates his survival amongst an explosive criminal family and the detective who thinks he can save him.

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Joshua 'J' Cody
Bryce Lindemann ... Paramedic #1
Paul Smits ... Paramedic #2
... Janine 'Smurf' Cody
... Barry 'Baz' Brown
... Darren Cody
... Craig Cody
... Catherine Brown
Anthony Ahern ... Armed Robbery Detective
... Detective Randall Roache
... Hood #1
... Hood #2
... Nicky Henry
Sarah Nguyen ... Waitress
Lucia Cai ... Cashier
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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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A crime story.

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Crime | Drama

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

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3 June 2010 (Australia)  »

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Carstvo životinja  »

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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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This film represents the third of three Australian Film Institute (AFI) acting awards won for a feature film by Australian actress Jacki Weaver. Weaver's first was Best Actress (as the Hoyts Prize for Best Performance) in Stork (1971) and the second was a tie for Best Supporting Actress, with Melissa Jaffer, both for Caddie (1976). See more »

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Detective Randall Roache: Look I know you got a problem Janine, but I don't see how this mess your boys are in has got anything to do with me. So if you've called me in here to see if there are some strings I can pull in your way of course. Is that what this is about?
Janine Cody: Hey Randall, before you go on, this boy who's currently being looked after, tell me if you agree with this, this boy who's being looked after, he knows who you are. And you know how these things go they're gonna ask him all sorts of questions about ...
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Referenced in The Chase Australia: Episode #1.42 (2015) See more »

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Written by Luc Bernard
Performed by Luc Bernard (as Freaky Lou)
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waiting for number two
8 June 2010 | by See all my reviews

Director David Michod should be congratulated for his intelligent, quiet control over this strongly scripted, well-acted, distinctly Australian movie. All the parts came together with originality, which is not an easy task, especially with crime stories; but this one delves into the families & minds of criminals avoiding blatant stereotypes so often thrust upon the viewer. All the actors are perfectly cast and fine actors. Jacki Weaver, you nailed Smurf and Guy Pearce has become this wonderful chameleon & consummate actor who continues to surprise with his range. This is your first feature, David Michod, well I'm certainly looking forward to your second.


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