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Aro Recommended Animal Factory


USA 2000, 91 minutes
Dir. Steve Buscemi
Rating: [R16]
Genres: Drama / Independent, Prison

Topics: Period 1970s.


Aroview: Retaining the indie principles that distinguished TREES LOUNGE, dir. Buscemi crafts unflashy, insightful drama out of ex-con Edward Bunker’s (STRAIGHT TIME) prison memoirs from the 1970s.

Edward Furlong is a middle-class kid thrown in the deep end for selling pot, who is ambiguously ‘looked after’ by head-convict Willem Dafoe, amid the daily graft and violence of the ‘pen’. With a pace that allows the performances to breathe, this also features impressive supporting work, most unusually from a ‘transsexualised’ Mickey Rourke.

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DVD Features

  • English subtitles for the hearing impaired
  • trailers
  • aspect ratio: 1.85:1

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