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

Let's go, guys. Come on.

Can I get some water?

I've been waitin' three hours

for some water.

I didn't get my sandwich yet.

I'm hungry.

Sandwiches, gentlemen.

It's about time.

Pass 'em around.

Pass 'em around.

Don't hold 'em.

Settle down.

Pass 'em around.

Hey! I didn't get

my sandwich.

Man, I'm allergic to cheese.

You want it?

You think that's cheese?

I don't know what it is.

F*** it.

I'll eat it.

Ron, I have

to be honest with you.

It's not so good, all right?

The trial deputy

co-signed rehab,

but it's downtown

that wants no part of it.

It's an election year, so they want

to make an example out of you.

But we'll see. Take it easy. We

haven't even been to court yet.

- Know what I mean?

- I concur with much that counsel says.

Ron Decker is intelligent.

He is from a good family,

which gives him even less excuse,

since he's had every opportunity.

The facts don't indicate this was a

hobby, which counsel seems to imply.

The amount of drugs with which

he was caught... Objection.

We're not talking about hard drugs.

We're talking about marijuana.

This is a serious offense.

And if someone who has had every advantage

and opportunity doesn't go to prison,

then it would be unfair to send someone

who hasn't had the opportunity.

I'm sorry.

This is the last thing I expected.

I can't believe this.

I'm sorry.

I should've been there.

I'm caught in the middle of this

business sh*t, and I'm sorry.

Look at Goldilocks. Gonna be my b*tch.

Yeah, I know.

Yeah, sweetie. I'll, uh...

I'll talk to you later.

I love you, son.


Yo. I heard about somethin'.


Some fuzzy-eyed Italian, Florizzi,

got himself some narcotics.

Motherf***er's only sellin'

on the South Block.

Dopey-looking guy with a

big nose in A-section?

He's slammed, restricted,

except for meals.

How much does he have? Enough.

That's what Vito says.

Paul tell you about the sh*t? Yeah.

We need to think on it for sure.

Think what? Motherf***er

didn't kick us down our end.

I'm gonna enjoy takin' his dope.

The plan is to find a way to get

him out, get him on the yard.

You're the man with the juice.

Talk to that fat, sloppy guard.

He's not on today.

Yeah, he is.

New bull got sick.

Okay. Okay.

Let me pick up my tickets first.

Get your tickets, Dad.

Hey, Big Duke Earl, hold up.

Hey, Jesse. Who do you like... Morales?

You got it.

Can I introduce you to someone?


New guy over there. He works

for me in the wood shop.

He's a fish, but he's all right.

Is he a broad? No. He's

a good white brother.

What's he want?

A show pass.

This is Ron Decker.

Ron, this is Earl Copen.

Haven't been here long, have you?

No, not really.

It's been about two weeks.

You wanna see the show, huh?

Well, yeah. I guess.

I'll see what I can do.

Thanks, bro.

Hey, excuse me.

Also, Earl, sir.

Jesse says you know a

lot about law. Why?

I'd like you to work on my case.

I mean, I'd pay you.

Maybe if I got time.

Right now I got no time.

All right.

Thanks a lot, man.

Don't push it with him. You're

gonna make me look bad. Sorry.

George, is Big Rand around?

He's in the shitter.

I hear you, Earl!

Tell your mother about it, if you can

get the b*tch out of the whorehouse.

Don't make me slap you, boy.

What's up?

I need something.

What else is new?

Guy named Florizzi

in A-section.

I need him pulled

for about 15 minutes.

I don't know his number.

Pull him for what?

Who do I look like...

the f***in' warden?

Say you're interviewing him

for office janitor.

He's on restriction

because he doesn't have a job.

We only use n*ggers

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 sh*t 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. Sh*t. 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*** is he at? He better not

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

Chill the f*** out, Ernie.

F*** this "chill" sh*t.

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 f***in' stare, man.

Let's go, let's go.

Get it! Get it!

Mean as sh*t.

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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