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Animal Factory

The movie Animal Factory was based on the book The Animal Factory.

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Movie details for Animal Factory

The movie was released in 2000. Animal Factory was produced by Sony Pictures. More information on the movie is available on Amazon.com and also IMDb.

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.

 

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Steve Buscemi subtly refines the prison drama in his second film, a rich character piece set in a ramshackle state penitentiary. Edward Furlong is a glum, drug-dealing, middle-class bad boy suddenly drop-kicked into a world in which his sneering defiance ... Read More
Steve Buscemi subtly refines the prison drama in his second film, a rich character piece set in a ramshackle state penitentiary. Edward Furlong is a glum, drug-dealing, middle-class bad boy suddenly drop-kicked into a world in which his sneering defiance just makes him more attractive prey to hardened convicts. Willem Dafoe, a career felon who runs the prison's contraband network, takes the kid under his wing and his protection. He's obviously attracted to the pretty boy and that sexual tension buzzes throughout the film, but their friendship, which is much more complicated, becomes the center of the film.

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

Book details for The Animal Factory

The Animal Factory was written by Edward Bunker. The book was published in 1977 by Dell Books. More information on the book is available on Amazon.com.

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