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Release Date:
11 September 2008 (Brazil) See more »
The War On Terror Just Came Home See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Peter Krause ... Terry Allen

Kari Matchett ... Marla Allen

Richard Schiff ... FBI Agent Tom Hilary

Khaled Abol Naga ... Gabe Hassan

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 ... Morning Anchor Susan Harwood
Mark Docherty ... News Reporter Chad Winslow

Michael St. John Smith ... Legal Analyst
P. Lynn Johnson ... Govenor Bradley

Bruno Verdoni ... Police Officer

Benita Ha ... On Scene News Reporter #2
Allan Duncan ... Golf Announcer
Brian Carey ... Radio Announcer
Judy de Angelis ... Radio Announcer (as Judy DeAngelis)
Jessica Wachsman ... Computerized Email Voice

Cheryl Uphill ... Human Resources Phone Operator
Ed Redman ... Sniper
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Osama bin Laden ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Jeff Renfroe 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Andrew Joiner  written by

Produced by
David Boim .... executive producer
Kelly Duncan-Joiner .... co-producer (as Kelly Duncan)
Andrew Joiner .... producer
Peter Krause .... producer
Andrew Lanter .... producer
Tina Pehme .... producer
Kim Roberts .... producer
Eli Rothman .... executive producer (as Elisha Rothman)
Vic Sarin .... executive producer
Original Music by
Terry Huud 
Eli Krantzberg 
Cinematography by
Dylan Macleod (director of photography) (as Dylan MacLeod)
Film Editing by
Erik Hammarberg 
Jeff Renfroe 
Casting by
Lynne Carrow 
Production Design by
Rick Willoughby 
Art Direction by
Tyler Jones 
Set Decoration by
Dina Holmes 
Costume Design by
Angelina Kekich 
Makeup Department
Maria Gleeson .... hair stylist
Valentina Guerin .... special makeup effects artist
John L. Healy .... special makeup effects artist (as John Healy)
Tricia Winslow .... makeup artist
Production Management
Mel Weisbaum .... unit manager
Nancy Welsh .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stacy Fish .... first assistant director
Paul Garrison .... third assistant director
Julie Hemmerling .... second assistant director
Shawn Patrick Murphy .... trainee assistant director
Art Department
Karie Adkens .... property master
Natasha Muir .... paint coordinator
Sound Department
Gashtaseb Ariana .... sound designer
Scott Benson .... foley editor
Scott Benson .... foley mixer
Paul Novokshonoff .... boom operator
Steve Szeto .... foley artist
Steven Weakes .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Allen Benjamin .... special effects coordinator
Brant McIlroy .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Gregory Creaser .... senior colourist
Madeleine Shane .... visual effects artist
Jim Dunn .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Dave Ashcroft .... camera loader
Brett Bird .... best boy electric
Ryan Cox .... dolly grip
Ryan Cox .... key grip
Todd Harris .... camera operator: "b" camera
Todd Kristianson .... lamp operator
Marty Naucler .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Graham Rapsey .... dolly grip
Graham Rapsey .... grip
David Ray .... camera operator: "c" camera
Dylan Akio Smith .... gaffer
Jay Smith .... best boy
John Spasoff .... daily grip
Jeremy Spofford .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Julie Tanas .... lamp operator
Gordon Verheul .... Steadicam operator
Devon Villard .... grip
Katie Yu .... still photographer
Casting Department
Lynette Therrien .... casting assistant
Natasha Tony .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Christina Barry .... costume truck supervisor
Marie Hock .... assistant costume designer
Constance Moerman .... costume supervisor: visual effects unit
Editorial Department
Erik Hammarberg .... additional editor
Matt O'Mahoney .... assistant editor
Music Department
Bodi .... composer: additional music
Bodi .... music supervisor
Terry Huud .... additional composer
Terry Huud .... music supervisor
Jason Nyberg .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Transportation Department
James Stewart .... transportation captain
Other crew
Jessika Chabot .... set supervisor
Derek Harding .... day call lamp operator
Mike Helms .... location manager
Blaine G. Houserman .... production accountant
Marten Kayle .... production assistant
Lindsay Moffat .... assistant accountant
Shirley Mrus .... craft service
Shirley Mrus .... first aid
Virginia Prasad .... bookkeeper
Graham Rapsey .... assistant to director
Steve Sangster .... location manager (as Stephen Sangster)
Andrea Sunderland .... production coordinator
Susan Trovao .... assistant to producer
Robyn Wiener .... unit coordinator
Christena Zatylny .... first assistant production coordinator
Carolyn Allain .... special thanks
Josh Charles .... special thanks
Greg Crowder .... very special thanks
Andrew Rigrod .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for language and some threatening situations
98 min
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Did You Know?

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 »
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: All the news scrolls go from left to right, but news scrolls go right to left (at least in languages that read left to right) so you see the first words first. This makes it impossible to read. The filmmakers did this intentionally, and it's up to the viewer to decide why they did it this way.See more »
Bank Teller:Did you know sir, in the future you can also use the ATM machine just outside the front doors and avoid the waiting in line for a teller?
Terry Allen:Yes I did, thank you.
Bank Teller:I love our customers prefer that option actually.
Terry Allen:Really? Do you know what ATM stands for ? Automatic Teller Machine. So when you say ATM machine, what you're actually saying is automatic teller machine machine. Now either you're just being ignorantly redundant or you really want to emphasize that machine part...
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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
TV News Junkie, 21 October 2007
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

Peter Krause plays Terry Allen, a laid-off accountant with time on his hands. As he updates his resume he becomes obsessed with the new tenant who has moved into an apartment across the courtyard, a man of Middle Eastern origin, whose behavior seems suspicious to Allen. Of course, Allen is one of these people who never learned that there is nothing more deceptive than superficial appearances.

The real basis of Allen's obsession is television "news", which he constantly has on, blaring out scary headlines and hints of "terror". Allen's wife Marla (well played by Kari Matchett) tries to be the voice of reason. But she is no match for the nonstop fear message coming from the boob tube. And the more Allen connects the TV message to the suspicious stranger, the more paranoid and irrational Allen becomes.

It's a highly relevant story, one wherein Allen represents many gullible Americans who take at face value everything they hear on TV. In the real world, most people have psychological brakes that prevent them from acting on their fears. Allen does not have those brakes, and he reacts accordingly.

"Civic Duty" is mostly a visual film; dialogue is fairly minimal. However, some of the lines convey the film's theme. In one confrontation Terry tells Marla: "We all have to be the eyes and ears now (for the FBI)". To which Marla responds: "If you weren't up here all day long spying on our neighbors like some paranoid right-wing whack ..."; Terry retorts: "Just because they're paranoid doesn't mean they're wrong ...".

The film's pace in the first half is fine; the plot moves along at a good clip. In the second half, the pace slows, as viewers must endure a tedious police standoff. A chase sequence in the second half is unnecessary filler. The lack of inquisitive neighbors provides the basis for an obvious plot hole, particularly as we approach the film's climax.

Cinematography is adequate; the emphasis is on close up shots, even extreme close-ups. Lighting trends toward low level. Overall acting is slightly above average. Richard Schiff, as the low-key, laconic FBI agent, gives an especially good performance. Background music is fairly creepy, and when combined with the dark visuals and minimal dialogue, creates a fair amount of suspense.

The real "message" of this film is the dreadful effect that television "news" has on many Americans. In effect, "Civic Duty" is the cinematic expression of media critic Marshall McLuhan's famous line, some forty years ago: "The medium is the message".

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