Bart LaytonUSA / United Kingdom116 minutes2018Colour
Spencer (Barry Keoghan) and Warren (Evan Peters), two friends from the middle-class suburbs of Lexington, Kentucky, are determined to lead lives that are out of the ordinary. Taking their cues from heist movies, they plan the brazen theft of some of the world’s most valuable books from the special collections room of Spencer's college library. Enlisting two more friends, accounting major Eric (Jared Abrahamson) and fitness fanatic Chas (Blake Jenner), the gang meticulously plots the theft and subsequent fence of the stolen works. Unfolding from multiple perspectives and incorporating the real-life figures at the heart of the story, American Animals tells the true story of four young men who attempt to execute one of the most audacious art heists in US history.