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Civic Duty (2006)

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An American accountant bombarded with cable news and the media's obsession with terrorist plots in the post 9-11 world, receives a jolt when an unattached Islamic graduate student moves in next door.

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Jeff Renfroe

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Andrew Joiner
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Krause ... Terry Allen
Kari Matchett ... Marla Allen
Richard Schiff ... FBI Agent Tom Hilary
Kal Naga ... Gabe Hassan (as Khaled Abol Naga)
Ian Tracey ... Lieutenant Randall Lloyd
Vanesa Tomasino ... Bank Teller
Laurie Murdoch ... Loan Officer
Michael Roberds ... Post Office Clerk
Agam Darshi ... Nurse
Mark Brandon ... Night Anchor Bret Anderson
Brenda Crichlow ... Day Anchor Tricia Wise (as Brenda M. Crichlow)
Val Cole Val Cole ... Morning Anchor Susan Harwood
Mark Docherty Mark Docherty ... News Reporter Chad Winslow
Michael St. John Smith ... Legal Analyst
P. Lynn Johnson ... Govenor Bradley
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Storyline

Shortly after landing a job, Terry Allen is laid off, starts looking for another circa post September 11, 2001 media frenzy and paranoia with President George W. Bush stating that grief has turned to anger, anger to resolution, and that there are thousands of terrorists in over 60 countries ready to strike. With increasing reports of identity theft, the involvement of wealthy & educated foreigners in terrorist activities, Terry starts suspecting his new neighbor, a middle-easterner, who he stereotypes as 'raghead', 'camel jockey', and 'sand nigger'. His wife, Marla, does not share in his bigotry, but he believes that she has turned her attention from rock-stars to Jihadists. While looking for employment, as well as a loan to purchase a house, he also contacts the Federal Bureau of Investigation as he feels he has sufficient evidence that his new neighbor is structuring money, experimenting with chemicals, and associating with other middle-easterners for devious reasons. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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The War On Terror Just Came Home See more »

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some threatening situations | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA | Canada

Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

11 September 2008 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Dever Cívico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$54,902, 6 May 2007

Gross USA:

$95,953

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$108,187
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The cast has strong ties to Aaron Sorkin's television projects: Peter Krause starred as anchor Casey McCall in Sports Night (1998), Richard Schiff was communications director Toby Ziegler on The West Wing (1999), and Kari Matchett did a five-episode run on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006) as attorney Mary Tate. See more »

Goofs

In the hostage situation, Hassan has been cut on the scar under his left eye, but it goes from bloody to not bloody to bloody again in subsequent shots. His hands are tied so he could not have wiped it clean. See more »

Quotes

FBI Agent Tom Hilary: You pull the trigger you become the terrorist. Is that what you want?
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Connections

Referenced in 500 Days of Summer (2009) See more »

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Great controversial thriller
30 June 2007 | by ayora_19See all my reviews

After having read some of the negative reviews on the IMDb message board, I must say I was pleasantly surprised when I watched this movie. One of the great things about this was that it didn't immediately jump into the media's coverage of the terrorist plots in the post 9-11 world, but rather gives the viewer an insight into the mindset of the lead character (Peter Krause). This makes his obsessional behavior and the build-up of the paranoia he has against his neighbor very believable, because you start to understand that his dissatisfaction is caused by more just the 9-11 bombing. The actors were extremely convincing in their portrayal of these difficult characters. And although you might only sympathize with Khaled Abol Naga's character, you get a feeling of understanding for Peter Krause's character as well. All in all, an excellent and suspenseful thriller with surprising twists and great content.


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