Animal Factory

Synopsis: Ron, who's young, slight, and privileged, is sentenced to prison on marijuana charges. For whatever reason, he brings out paternal feelings in an 18-year prison veteran, Earl Copan, who takes Ron under his wing. The film explores the nature of that relationship, Ron's part in Earl's gang, and the way Ron deals with aggressive cons intent on assault and rape. There's casual racism, too, in the prisoners and the guards, a strike called by Black prisoners, and the nearly omnipresence of hard drugs. Ron's lawyer is working on getting Ron out quickly, Earl has a shot at parole, and death seems to be waiting in the next cell. Will prison turn Ron into an animal?
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director(s): Steve Buscemi
Production: Silver Nitrate
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
94 min

for janitors.

So, you're a bigot now.

Won't hire a white boy, huh?

All right.

- Just don't kill him or something.

- I don't do shit like that.

I bet this is about dope.

I don't do that either.

George, got an extra show pass

you can slip me?

Not without fat ass signing it. Shit. I

can sign his name better than he can.

Here. Playin' at this club, Mama Rose's

Blues Lounge on the West Side of Chicago.

Paul's on him.

Where the f*ck is he at? He better not

f*ck this up, I swear to my mother.

Chill the f*ck out, Ernie.

F*ck this "chill" shit.

Check ol' folks, man. He's got

the coldest stroll in the joint.

Where is he? He's

comin' in behind us.

Make it look like I'm getting

jacked up too. Okay.

South Block, right?

Who's askin'?

What's your name? Some

Italian... Florizzi.

Florizzi, that's it.

What's goin' on?

You like dope

and you're not givin' any?

Don't fuckin' stare, man.

Let's go, let's go.

Get it! Get it!

Mean as shit.

Hey, Jan?

What's up, sugarplum?

I met this guy today,

shaved head. Earl Copen.

You know who I'm talking about?

Earl Copen? Mmm.

Sugarplum, Earl Copen and I

go all the way back.

We were cell mates together

years ago.

I worry about Earl these days.

I'm worried that peckerwood's

gonna burn his old ass out.

What do you mean?

What do I mean?

All the rage, the anger.

You can't come in here with that same

rage and anger you had when you was 20,

not think it's gonna

blow out your candlelight.

When I first met Earl Copen, Earl

Copen was one of the most...

dysfunctionary, confused,

angry human beings...

that I have ever seen

or met in my whole life.

I remember one time that

Earl had this disagreement...

with this big ol' boy

who wanted his ass.

Earl wasn't gonna give it up. I

wanna tell you about Earl Copen.

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Edward Bunker

Edward Heward Bunker (December 31, 1933 – July 19, 2005) was an American author of crime fiction, a screenwriter, convicted felon and an actor. He wrote numerous books, some of which have been adapted into films. He was a screenwriter on Straight Time (1978), Runaway Train (1985) and Animal Factory (2000). He started on a criminal career at a very early age, and continued on this path throughout the years, returning to prison again and again. He was convicted of bank robbery, drug dealing, extortion, armed robbery, and forgery. A repeating pattern of convictions, paroles, releases and escapes, further crimes and new convictions continued until he was released yet again from prison in 1975, at which point he finally left his criminal days permanently behind. Bunker stayed out of jail thereafter, and instead focused on his career as a writer and actor. more…

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