The Animal Factory
The book The Animal Factory was made into the movie Animal Factory.
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Actors on this movie include Tom Arnold, Chris Bauer, Mark Boone Junior, Edward Bunker, Michael Buscemi, Seymour Cassel, Willem Dafoe, Mark Engelhardt, Edward Furlong, Ernest Harden Jr., John Heard, Jake La Botz, Afemo Omilami, Victor Pagan, J.C. Quinn, Steven Randazzo, Rockets Redglare, Mickey Rourke and Danny Trejo.
Buscemi allows the story to trickle along, downplaying the usual prison clichés to delve into the often murky relationships between prisoners, the predatory pecking order, and the undercurrent of racial divisions. He suggests everything in glances, threats, and tensions that only rarely erupt into violence. The film lacks a strong narrative line, but Buscemi's sensitivity to his characters and his sharp ensemble direction provide generous compensation. Dafoe is brilliant as the smiling smooth operator, his shaved head and jagged-toothed grin suggesting both a threatening confidence, and Furlong ably registers the fear of his sheer defenselessness in this dangerous world. Tom Arnold shines as a terrifying bully and Mickey Rourke is almost unrecognizable as Furlong's cross-dressing cellmate with a honeyed Southern lilt and makeup that would make Tammy Faye Bakker proud. --Sean Axmaker