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Animal Factory

4.2 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews

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When first time felon Ron Decker (Edward Furlong; American History X, T2: Judgement Day) is sentenced to two years in a decaying prison, he is quickly introduced to a world where violence is the only way of life. After witnessing a riot, Ron is soon taken under the wing of Earl Copen (Willem Dafoe; Platoon, The English Patient), a veteran convict who has manipulated the system to his every advantage, earning the respect of the toughest cons and the favor of the crooked guards. But sometimes even respect in a community of convicts can hold you prisoner. Now, Ron will soon discover that life in the Animal Factory is not about rehabilitation, it’s about survival.

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  • Actors: Willem Dafoe, Edward Furlong, Danny Trejo, Mark Boone Junior, Seymour Cassel
  • Directors: Steve Buscemi
  • Writers: Edward Bunker, John Steppling
  • Producers: Danny Trejo, Allan Cohen, Andrew Stevens, Barry Cohen, Dale King
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Restricted
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2011
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0056GLNLI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,247 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Animal Factory" on IMDb

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By Raegan Butcher on March 9, 2007
Format: DVD
In 1996 I was convicted of armed robbery and sent to prison in Washington state for eight years(of which I did seven)and I'm here to tell you that ANIMAL FACTORY is the real deal; I was a lot like the character played by Edward Furlong and I was lucky enough to meet men like the character played by Wilem Dafoe, guys who didn't want to rape me, guys who didn't want to kill me, guys who acted decently amidst all of the indecency.

Since my release from prison in 2003 I am invariably asked the two big questions when it comes to incarceration in this country: A) did I get raped? And B) is prison really like you see on OZ?

Luckily, I didn't get raped and I've never seen OZ but anyone who wants to see what prison is like should get a gander at ANIMAL FACTORY. The entire film drips with authenticity. Within 2 minutes I felt that old queasy feeling in my stomach--exactly as if I were back there myself, all over again.

For those of you out there who might think there is still a bit of rebellious glamour left in going to prison, watch ANIMAL FACTORY and take it from me: being locked up is not cool and its not fun and it is not something that anyone should aspire to.
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This was a very good flick. What are you looking for out of a movie? The meaning of life perhaps. Heck all I want is 90-120 minutes of good entertainment.

Being an ex-convict myself I thought it was fairly well written. Prison is rarely what you see on film my friend. Yes it can be brutal and that was displayed in this film fairly realistically however for a long time convict doing time IS MOST DEFINATELY A GAME.

A game of survival of the mind and body. William Dafoe's little gang was pretty well depicted. The mockery made here of other prison films is simply because unlike this one, most are a joke.

As for amazons editorial stating that the convict is obviously attracted to the youngster and that "sexual tension" runs throughout the movie, that writer clearly didn't pay any attention to the movie and I'd bet a dollar perhaps didn't watch it at all.

My bottom line,

Film was pretty damn realistic, very well written and acted. The characters were good to know and unlike most ridiculous prison movies which focus only on the violent side, this one actually shows people for who they were.

Well worth the time to watch. Enjoy
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Animal Factory (Steve Buscemi, 2000)

Steve Buscemi is best known as an actor, thanks in no small part to him being a staple in Quentin Tarantino films, but you know the old line-- everyone in Hollywood wants to direct. Buscemi has actually done his share of it, but the movies that result tend to be minor affairs that get little distribution outside the arthouse scene. That's kind of depressing, especially when it comes to a movie like Animal Factory, with a wealth of acting talent and a script to back it up.

Ron Decker (American History X's Edward Furlong) gets busted for selling dope, and under the strict new laws, is sent to prison for five years on a felony rap. Once in the joint, Decker gets to know Earl Copen (Willem Dafoe), a lifer who is, as Morgan Freeman's character calls himself in The Shawshank Redemption, "the guy who knows how to get things." Decker and Copen form an odd, complex relationship that's viewed by those outside the prison walls with some alarm.

Furlong, Dafoe, and Danny Trejo, who plays Dafoe's best friend, are only the tip of the acting iceberg in this movie; a host of other fine actors have parts ranging from supporting to bit, including Buscemi himself, Mickey Rourke, John Heard, Tom Arnold, Larry Fessenden, Seymour Cassel, and a host of others; were there not so much focus on Furlong and Dafoe, this would have easily been billable as an ensemble-cast movie, and to an extent it plays like that anyway; there's too much of a main story here for a straight ensemble film, though. (Rourke, especially, is notable here, in his best performance since Angel Heart.) Either way you look at it, this is a strong movie chock full of good performances; the subject matter, and the rather jaundiced way of looking at it, may make some squeamish, but the caliber of the performances here should be enough to overcome that. Animal Factory is a good'un. You want to see it. ****
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This is an excellent movie based on the Edward Bunker book of the same name. The plot revolves around a young man committed to prison who is taken under the wing of an older convict. The film portrays prison life in all its banality and violence as well as the values and psychology of the prisoners and the relationships, both good and evil, that form among them.
Every actor, including Edward Bunker himself, did a fine job with Steve Buscemi as both actor and director. However, the revelation here is Mickey Rourke playing a transexual inmate. His portrayal of toughness and sadness, female in a very male body was absolutely superb. His voice, his mannerisms all were totally authentic. His scenes alone made this movie worth watching. As someone who has worked with convicts, addicts, and transexuals for many years I was astounded at the accuracy of the movie and of Rourke's portrayal in particular.
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This was a very interesting and disturbing movie that came out in 2000. Steve Buscemi and Danny Trejo were producers of this movie starring both of them and Edward furlong and Willam Dafoe and Eddie Bunker and most disturbingly Mickey Rourke. The name apparently comes from the unfortunate truth about what penal institutions can do to a person who enters on a minor charge to be abused and brutalized to such an extent that they emerge changed forever and not for the better. Mr Dafoe gives a powerful performance as does Mr Furlong as Mr furlong drifts further and further into despair as the horrific treatment he receives changes him forever. This is in spite of the fact that Mr Dafoe takes him under his wing and tries to protect and guide him in prison survival skills. Mr Trejo was of course strangely powerful yet comfortable in his role as a cohort of mr Dafoe. This movie was based on a novel by Mr Bunker. Steve Buscemi has a relative probably his brother in the movie as a prison counselor. He looks so much like his brother I thought it was him. He is a sort of "STEVE BUSCEMI LIGHT" as he has softer features. I would definitely watch this again.. By far the most disturbing image for me was Mickey Rourke with full make up fake eyelashes and fake nails not quite wearing women's underwear and a push up bra. Now THAT was disturbing. If you can get that image out of your mind the movie is quite good and thought provoking.
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