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Actor-turned-director Steve Buscemi follows up on his restrained 1996 directorial debut Steve Buscemi (1996) with this gritty, understated prison drama. Twenty-one-year-old suburban kid Ron (Edward Furlong) got busted for dealing drugs and slapped with an especially severe jail sentence. Though he tries to keep a low profile at prison, he soon attracts unsavory attention of various sex-starved goons. Fearing rape, he appeals directly to Earl (Willem Dafoe), a fellow prisoner who runs the place like it was his own fiefdom. Though Ron's request is strictly against this rarified culture's baroque rules, Earl takes him under his wing, and soon he is a part of Earl's inner circle. Slowly Ron learns the breadth of Earl's power, ranging from the easy procurement of drugs to the violent dispatching of a prisoner who gets out of line. As Ron grows increasingly indebted to Earl, he wonders how he is expected to repay him. Yet Earl, who shows his fondness for the lad with fatherly tenderness counterbalanced with repressed yearning, never pushes his advantage. Other members of the cast include Tom Arnold as a salivating hill-billy and an almost unrecognizable Mickey Rourke as a cross-dressing prison queen. This film was highly praised at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

  • Release date:October 13, 2000

Cast

Willem Dafoe
as Earl Copen
Edward Furlong
as Ron Decker
Seymour Cassel
as Lt. Seeman
Mickey Rourke
as Jan the Actress
Steve Buscemi
as A.R. Hosspack
Tom Arnold
as Buck Rowan
John Heard
as James Decker
Danny Trejo
as Vito
Edward Bunker
as Buzzard
Michael Buscemi
as Mr. Herrell
Mark Boone, Jr.

Crew

Steve Buscemi
Director
Steve Buscemi
Producer
Elie Samaha
Producer
Andrew Stevens
Producer
Julie Yorn
Producer
John Steppling
Screenwriter
Edward Bunker
Book Author
Edward Bunker
Screenwriter
Phil Parmet
Cinematographer
John Lurie
Composer (Music Score)
Kate Williams
Editor
Steve Rosenzweig
Production Designer
Roswell Hamrick
Art Director
Edward Bunker
Co-producer
Tracee Stanley
Co-producer
Danny Trejo
Co-producer
Lisa Parmet
Costume Designer
Sheila Jaffe
Casting
Georgianne Walken
Casting
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