Animal Factory

Animal Factory

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Cast: Steve Buscemi, Willem Dafoe, Edward Furlong, Seymour Cassel

     
 

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Actor-turned-director Steve Buscemi follows up on his restrained 1996 directorial debut Trees Lounge (1996) with this gritty, understated prison drama. Twenty-one-year-old suburban kid Ron (Edward Furlong) got busted for dealing drugs and slapped with an especially severe jail sentence. Though he tries to keep a low profile at prison, he soon attracts unsavory

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Actor-turned-director Steve Buscemi follows up on his restrained 1996 directorial debut Trees Lounge (1996) with this gritty, understated prison drama. Twenty-one-year-old suburban kid Ron (Edward Furlong) got busted for dealing drugs and slapped with an especially severe jail sentence. Though he tries to keep a low profile at prison, he soon attracts unsavory attention of various sex-starved goons. Fearing rape, he appeals directly to Earl (Willem Dafoe), a fellow prisoner who runs the place like it was his own fiefdom. Though Ron's request is strictly against this rarified culture's baroque rules, Earl takes him under his wing, and soon he is a part of Earl's inner circle. Slowly Ron learns the breadth of Earl's power, ranging from the easy procurement of drugs to the violent dispatching of a prisoner who gets out of line. As Ron grows increasingly indebted to Earl, he wonders how he is expected to repay him. Yet Earl, who shows his fondness for the lad with fatherly tenderness counterbalanced with repressed yearning, never pushes his advantage. Other members of the cast include Tom Arnold as a salivating hill-billy and an almost unrecognizable Mickey Rourke as a cross-dressing prison queen. This film was highly praised at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
Steve Buscemi's follow-up to his rightfully acclaimed 1996 film Trees Lounge is The Shawshank Redemption without the Stephen King twistiness, but an effective, potent prison picture all the same. Buscemi directs with assurance, and leads Willem Dafoe and Edward Furlong wonderfully convey aggression and compassion with equal measure, elevating the film to a higher level than the standard prison flick. One of the movie's strengths is its offbeat casting, including Mickey Rourke as a cross-dressing inmate, and Tom Arnold as a hillbilly rapist -- surprisingly, this works to the film's advantage. Even though Animal Factory doesn't offer a new perspective on life in the lockup, it's well-crafted and furthers Buscemi's considerable talents behind the camera. In an odd decision, the film was snatched up by cable television, where it played after a limited release around the country -- peculiar, considering its warm reception at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/06/2011
UPC:
0031398142157
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:34:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary track with actor Danny Trejo and writer Edward Bunker; Video interviews with director Steve Buscemi and actors Willem Dafoe, Edward Furlong and Mickey Rourke; Biographies and filmographies ; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Willem Dafoe Earl Copen
Edward Furlong Ron Decker
Seymour Cassel Lt. Seeman
Mickey Rourke Jan the Actress
Steve Buscemi A.R. Hosspack
Tom Arnold Buck Rowan
John Heard James Decker
Danny Trejo Vito
Edward Bunker Buzzard
Michael Buscemi Mr. Herrell
Mark Boone Actor

Technical Credits
Steve Buscemi Director,Producer
Edward Bunker Co-producer,Screenwriter
Barry Cohen Executive Producer
Allan Cohen Executive Producer
Lynn Geller Musical Direction/Supervision
Roswell Hamrick Art Director
Sheila Jaffe Casting
John Lurie Score Composer
Phil Parmet Cinematographer
Lisa Parmet Costumes/Costume Designer
Steve Rosenzweig Production Designer
Elie Samaha Producer
Tracee Stanley Co-producer
John Steppling Screenwriter
Andrew Stevens Producer
Danny Trejo Co-producer
Georgianne Walken Casting
Kate Williams Editor
Julie Yorn Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Animal Factory
1. Going to Jail [5:46]
2. The Man With the Juice [3:30]
3. Roughed up in the Yard [1:31]
4. Talkin' About Earl [3:54]
5. The Show [3:05]
6. Doin' a Favor for the Kid [2:37]
7. Not Guilty [4:34]
8. Hangin' With Earl [3:09]
9. 30 Days in the Infirmary [4:08]
10. The Strike [5:01]
11. Lockdown [2:37]
12. Knowing How to Do Time [3:42]
13. Changing Cells, Changing Jobs [3:10]
14. Education Center [2:03]
15. Drugs [2:47]
16. Psych Report [1:28]
17. Close Call [1:33]
18. Retaliation [2:47]
19. Consequences [1:39]
20. Finishing off Buck [:48]
21. Bad News on Court [3:03]
22. Return to Prison [3:27]
23. Thinkin' About Escape [1:41]
24. The New Associate Warden [1:49]
25. Attack in the Shower [2:50]
26. The Trash Truck [5:28]
27. Jail Break [4:28]
28. End Credits [7:12]

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Animal Factory 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a movie to see. It shows prison more like it is. Other movies make it look easy. It shows dangers, the people, and drugs. Watch it and enjoy!