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The Tiger Next Door (2009)

Joe Taft , Dennis H , Camilla Calamandrei  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Joe Taft, Dennis H
  • Directors: Camilla Calamandrei
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: First Run Features
  • DVD Release Date: April 20, 2010
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00346UX40
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,925 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Tiger Next Door" on IMDb

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Originally aired by Animal Planet, this DVD version contains over 40 more minutes and enlightening bonus features.

Experts estimate there are more tigers living in captivity in the United States than are roaming wild in the world.

Dennis Hill has been breeding and selling tigers from his backyard in Flat Rock, Indiana for over fifteen years. When the documentary begins, Hill has 24 tigers, 3 bears, 6 leopards and one cougar. He claims to know exactly what his animals are thinking by the look in their eyes. But now, after a surprise government inspection, he's lost the license that allowed him to keep exotic animals, and the state of Indiana is threatening to shut him down. He has just five days to find alternate homes for all but three of his brood and to bring his facilities up to code -- or else lose what he considers to be his life's work. As Hill fights to hold on to his tigers over the days and months that follow, The Tiger Next Door follows him exploring his motives, his past, and the curious, ethically-murky world he's created in his backyard. At the same time, the documentary ranges far beyond Dennis' animal compound, illuminating the intricate web of commerce laxity that keeps breeders in business. What finally becomes exposed is the widespread attitude that humans are indeed lords of the animal kingdom.


A gripping moral tale that deserves the largest possible viewer-ship, because of what it teaches us about being a tiger, and what it teaches us about being a human being. --Tom Regan, Author of the Case for Animal Rights

A must-see for animal rights' activists and anyone else interested in the conservation of our planet and its inhabitants. --Flare Magazin

An affectionate profile, a damning exposé, and an urgent missive about the dire status of these magnificent animals. --Eye Weekly

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Investigation into a Deeply Troubling Trend January 18, 2010
There are more tigers kept in private hands in the US than there are living in the wild in all of Asia. Camilla Calamandrei's outstanding look at the case of one of these self appointed tiger breeders is at once deeply disturbing, and intensely watchable. Dennis, the man at the center of the tale, has more than 20 tigers cooped up in small cages in his backyard. The Indiana State authorities have directed him to find new homes for all but three, or else he will forfeit his license to hold any. As Dennis proceeds -- successfully -- to find new homes for them, we learn about his obsession with raising tigers, and about others who share this bizarre obsession. Animal welfare activists, and the concerned public in general, will welcome Calamandrei's investigation into this surprisingly widespread hobby.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good solid documentary January 18, 2010
I liked this film a lot. It tells the story of exotic and endangered animals that are kept as pets or for sale in a clear, straightforward, and convincing way through the experience of one tiger breeder. Whatever you think of the protagonist, it will make you consider the plight of these animals in the wild.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and tragic March 11, 2010
The film is beautifully shot and presented evenhandedly. It introduces a compelling subject that most of us have never really considered and yet hear about from time to time - wild animals kept in captivity in our own backyards. The film does a fantastic job of letting the viewer come to know its subjects and let's each of them tell their story. And we have a chance to hear from all sides - the breeders, the government monitors and the public. It's interesting to see how the breeders justify their actions and also heartbreaking to watch them, people with so much passion for their tigers, try to keep control of their tigers and their lives in the face of the odds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well presented documentary..... April 10, 2013
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Should be mandatory viewing for anyone wanting to adopt or keep these beautiful creatures. Presents both sides of the "rights" issue and lets the viewer come to his own conclusions. I do wish there was a bit more education on white tigers and how many are born with congenital issues and put to death in order to produce the few that survive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Documentary July 11, 2010
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I watched this after reading a recommendation from Bill Maher. I also recommend it.
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