The Animal Kingdom

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The Animal Kingdom

Edward H Griffith (1932)

84min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Adapted from Philip Barry's successful Broadway play, this highly sophisticated piece - one might almost call it a "drawing room drama" - is about a wealthy and unconventional publisher (Leslie Howard), who marries an unsuitably conventional and shallow wife (Myrna Loy) to the detriment of his ideals, his lifestyle and his most precious relationship, with an artist (Ann Harding). An unusual approach and the lightest of touches elevates a seemingly well-worn storyline to something special. Credit is due to an impeccable screenplay, the elegance and discretion of an accomplished cast, David O Selznick's A-grade production values, and Edward H Griffith's direction.

Summary

A teenager goes to live with his grandmother after his mother's death from a drug overdose, only to find his new guardian is the head of a criminal gang. He must decide where his loyalties lie when his unstable uncle leads the family into increasingly violent actions, while a police detective tries to persuade him to turn informant. Crime thriller, with James Frecheville, Guy Pearce, Jacki Weaver and Ben Mendelsohn.

Cast & Crew

Daisy Sage Ann Harding
Tom Collier Leslie Howard
Cecilia Henry Myrna Loy
Owen Neil Hamilton
Regan William Gargan
Rufus Collier Henry Stephenson
Grace Ilka Chase
Franc Leni Stengel
Joe Donald Dillaway
Director Edward H Griffith
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 25 Feb 2011
Drama