The Elephant in the Living Room
2010 - Rated PG (MPAA)
Release Date: 02/07/2012
Original Language: N/A
Time: 96 mins.
Label: Millennium Entertainment
DVD Features: Region 1 Note: Beyond the Call - The Untold Stories (489 min.) Deleted scenes (18 min.) Director's commentary Theatrical trailer Dual Layer Widescreen - 1.78 Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
"You can buy a cobra, but you can't buy common sense," says Tim Harrison, and he knows something about the subject. Harrison is a policeman, paramedic, and firefighter who has become an expert on dealing with exotic pets when they break free or turn on their owners. It's estimated that 15,000 lions, tigers, and other large cats are kept as pets in the United States, and while many are well cared for, some are purchased by people who are unaware of the danger and responsibility of caring for a predatory animal, and Harrison has also been forced to deal with bears, alligators, and large snakes that were adopted as pets and later became a danger to the community. Adding to a difficult situation is inconsistent regulation of exotic pet ownership, which makes it easier to own a tiger than a puppy in some territories. Filmmaker Michael Webber examines the trading of exotic pets in America and Tim Harrison's work with animals in the documentary THE ELEPHANT IN THE LIVING ROOM. The film also offers the perspective of Terry Brumfield, a man who struggled with depression for years before developing a close relationship with a pair of lions he adopted. THE ELEPHANT IN THE LIVING ROOM was named best documentary at the 2010 Traverse City Film Festival.
"This impeccably made film is chock-full of enlightening and sometimes bizarre moments..." -- Kevin Thomas , (Los Angeles Times)
3 stars out of 5 -- "First time director Michael Webber bravely leads a daring expedition into the tangled subculture of exotic pet keeping....[It] raises crucial questions about animal rights and the effects of reality based TV programs on people's lifestyles." -- Barbara Goslawski , (Box Office)
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