Animal Factory

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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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
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/6/2011
  • UPC: 031398142157
  • Original Release: 2000
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:34:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 37,894

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 Jr.
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
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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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Menu

Disc #1 -- Animal Factory
   Play Feature
   Scene Selection
   Audio Setup / Commentary
      English Subtitles: On
      English Subtitles: Off
      Spanish Subtitles: On
      Spanish Subtitles: Off
      Commentary With Actor Danny Trejo and Writer Edward Bunker: On
      Commentary With Actor Danny Trejo and Writer Edward Bunker: Off
      Feature Audio: 5.1 Digital Surround
      Feature Audio: 2.0 Dolby Surround
      Feature Audio: 2.0 French Dub
   Special Features
      Trailer
      Biographies / Filmographies
         The Writers: Edward Bunker
         The Writers: John Steppling
         The Producers: Elie Samaha
         The Producers: Andrew Stevens
         The Producers: Julie Yorn
         The Producers: Steve Buscemi
         The Director: Steve Buscemi
         The Cast: Willem Dafoe
         The Cast: Edward Furlong
         The Cast: Danny Trejo
         The Cast: Mark Boone Junior
         The Cast: Seymour Cassel
         The Cast: Mickey Rourke
         The Cast: Tom Arnold
         The Cast: John Heard
      Interviews: Steve Buscemi - Director
      Interviews: Willie Dafoe - (Earl Copen)
      Interviews: Edward Furlong - (Ron Decker)
      Interviews: Mickey Rourke - (Jan the Actress)
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    awesome prison movie dude

    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!

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