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Animal Factory

  R HD Closed Captioning

Steve Buscemi

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Plot Summary

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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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82%
  • Reviews Counted: 33
  • Fresh: 27
  • Rotten: 6
  • Average Rating: 6.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A picture about adapting one's instincts, and Mr. Buscemi's deftness works well in this context. – Elvis Mitchell, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Rotten: You come away with the sense that you should have come to care (or at least to know) more about its central characters than you do. – Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: It's the relationship between Willem Dafoe, as Earl, the hard-time veteran, and Edward Furlong, as Ron, the new boy he takes under his wing, that makes the film so compelling. – Amy Taubin, Village Voice, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: The bleakness and myriad cruelties of the prison system are telegraphed with a graceful touch. – Ernest Hardy, Film.com, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Prison drama at its best

Can't go wrong with these actors. Rourke was a delight! And it seems only right that in prison, all is upside down and the seemingly weak are strong.

Awesome

A more realistic look at a bond between inmates. Best independent movie ever.

Animal Factory
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2000

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