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Animal (2005)

When the violent gangster James "Animal" Allen is arrested and sent to prison, his teenage son Darius is left with his mother, but she is assassinated and the boy is raised alone on the ... See full summary »

Director:

David J. Burke

Writers:

David C. Johnson, Ving Rhames (story)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ving Rhames ... Animal
Terrence Howard ... Darius Allen
Chazz Palminteri ... Kassada
Jim Brown ... Berwell
Beverly Todd ... Latreese
Faizon Love ... Double T
Wes Studi ... Creeper
Paula Jai Parker ... Reecy
Taraji P. Henson ... Ramona
César Farrait César Farrait ... Roach (as Cessar 'TNT' Farrait)
Modesto Lacen ... Dinky
Mr. Blackchild Mr. Blackchild ... Spyda (as Black Child)
Hunter Howard Hunter Howard ... Young Darius
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rafael Alvarez Rafael Alvarez ... Paul Wilson (as Rafa Alvarez)
Eugenio Cotto ... Assassin 1 - Berwell (as Eugene Cotto)
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Storyline

When the violent gangster James "Animal" Allen is arrested and sent to prison, his teenage son Darius is left with his mother, but she is assassinated and the boy is raised alone on the streets, becoming a criminal. While in the corrupt prison, Animal works for the powerful prisoner Kassada, but when he meets the revolutionary Berwell, his view of life changes. Animal is released on probation and tries to have a straight life, but his past and his fame haunt him, while he sees that Darius is following his path in a criminal life. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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His Legacy Must End... For His Son's Life To Begin.

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Drama | Action

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 2007 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Puerto Rico See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson and Paula Jai Parker all appeared together previously in 2005s Hustle & Flow. See more »

Goofs

When Animal (Ving Rhames) is approached in the prison yard and told to come and meet with Kassada (Chazz Palminteri) he tosses away the wadded paper in his mouth. The next cut shows him at the table with Kassada and it's back in his mouth. See more »

Quotes

Animal: Don't fucking disrespect me!
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Connections

Referenced in Yes Man (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Ghetto Child
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Courtesy of 21st Century Blues Records, LLC
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Nice topic, but ...
8 April 2007 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

... rushed execution and obviously not a lot of production value(s). You could live with the latter, but the performances aren't the best either. Of course it's nice to see Ving Rhames in a lead role, but it'd be even better, if the script got sharpened too, so it would match his performance skills too.

The title of the movie gives you the main character and you also know, from the (V) behind the movies name here at IMDb, that it is directly produced for Video/DVD use. Terence Malick does elevate the movie too, but not as much as you'd think he would! The story (if you really want to know it before you watch it, read it here somewhere on the IMDb page) has been done before, so you might be used to see better movies, than this one on this particular topic ...


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