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Genre Documentary
Running Time 96 min
MPAA rating Unrated
Release Date Apr 1, 2011
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The Elephant in the Living Room

Winner of four Best Documentary Awards, The Elephant in the Living Room explores the controversial American subculture of raising the deadliest and most exotic animals on earth as common household pets. The story follows the journey of two men at the heart of the issue. One, Tim Harrison, an Ohio police officer whose friend was killed by an exotic pet, and the other, Terry Brumfield, a big-hearted man who struggles to keep two pet African lions that he loves like his own family.

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April 8, 2011 - Boston.com - Wesley Morris/Globe Staff

Michael Webber’s documentary, “The Elephant in the Living Room,’’ follows Tim Harrison around the Ohio area as Harrison responds to emergency calls about wild-animal sightings. It’s unclear how the animals got loose, but in most cases they’re pets who’ve become too onerous, too dangerous, or too large to keep. Harrison — a tall, strong-looking former firefighter, cop, and paramedic — works to educate the public on the dangers of exotic animals. But he spends all of this movie living a nature episode of “Cops.’’

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