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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Terry Allen
... Marla Allen
... FBI Agent Tom Hilary
... Gabe Hassan (as Khaled Abol Naga)
... Lieutenant Randall Lloyd
... Bank Teller
... Loan Officer
Michael Roberds ... Post Office Clerk
... Nurse
... Night Anchor Bret Anderson
... Day Anchor Tricia Wise (as Brenda M. Crichlow)
Val Cole ... Morning Anchor Susan Harwood
Mark Docherty ... News Reporter Chad Winslow
... Legal Analyst
... Govenor Bradley


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 »


Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

11 September 2008 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Dever Cívico  »


Box Office


$3,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$54,902, 6 May 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$54,902, 6 May 2007
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1.85 : 1
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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 »


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 »


FBI Agent Tom Hilary: You pull the trigger you become the terrorist. Is that what you want?
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Referenced in (500) Days of Summer (2009) See more »

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Wow-whens it coming out?!
29 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

Wow- I saw this at Tribeca and I thought it was awesome. I am NOT a Peter Krause fan going in but I am NOW. He was amazing. If your looking for a super taut thriller and edge of your seat viewing this film is for you. I won't ruin any of it but suffice it to say that all is not as it seems. I'm now looking for everything and anything by this talented director! And the music! Wow-I did a search on Amazon and came up nothing. Eli Krantzenberg's score is simply astonishing. What a main theme. I wished I can hear it again. If anyone knows when this is available on DVD I'd sure like to know. Richard Shiff has to really steal the day though for performances. He is rock solid and totally believable. That had to be a tough role because it could go in so many directions. And Khaled Abol Naga is great. He plays his character just right so that you never really know what he's thinking or what he's up to. These films are hard to do right since it is a delicate balance with character paranoia. And what I loved MOST and this is sadly lacking from films today is a film where something is left to the audience. Instead of being spoon fed every plot this one leaves some of it in our hands. Definitely NOT 'chewing gum for the mind'. A nice departure from your usual Hollywood formula!

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