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The Flock (2007)

This film is about a hyper-vigilant employee of the department of public safety who, while training his young female replacement, has to track down a missing girl who he is convinced is connected to a paroled sex offender he is investigating.

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Andrew Lau
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Gere ... Errol Babbage
Claire Danes ... Allison Lowry
KaDee Strickland ... Viola Frye
Ray Wise ... Bobby Stiles
Russell Sams ... Edmund Grooms
Avril Lavigne ... Beatrice Bell
Kristina Romero Kristina Romero ... Harriet Wells (as Kristina Sisco)
Dwayne Barnes ... Vincent Dennison
Matt Schulze ... Glenn Custis
Debrianna Mansini ... Harriet's Mother
Ed Ackerman ... Louis Kessler
French Stewart ... Haynes Ownby
Paul Scallan Paul Scallan ... Missing Girl's Father
Susan Conklin ... Missing Girl's Mother
Carmen Serano ... Woman in Gorilla Suit
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Storyline

The paranoid registrant administrator of the Department of Public Safety Erroll Babbage is forced to an early retirement due to his abusive behavior against the sex offenders that he should monitor, and shall spend his last eighteen days training his replacement Allison Lowry. When the seventeen years old Harriet Wells is considered missing in his area of work, Errol is convinced that her disappearance is related to one of his parole sex offenders. However, his superiors do not believe on his investigations and he convinces Allison to follow him in the sick underworld of pornography and perversions trying to find the missing girl. Written by Claudio Cavalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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To kill accusations, you must go with the flock. (UK Tagline) See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for perverse content involving aberrant sexuality and strong violence, and for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 2007 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Justicia a cualquier precio See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,124,755
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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This is the first english language movie directed by Andrew Lau, the co-director of the Infernale Affairs trilogy See more »

Goofs

Harriet Wells has been kidnapped for a enough time to have hairy armpits. However, in every scene of her tied in bed, she looks dirty and even bloody but her armpits appear perfectly shaved. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Erroll Babbage: [knocking] Department of Public Safety.
[knocking]
Erroll Babbage: Mr. Dennison? Vincent Dennison is a registered sex offender, the sooner I can verify his address, the sooner I can leave him alone!
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Alternate Versions

After the film was released in European and Asian markets, several portions of the film were reshot and the entire film was basically reedited. The result is that the tone of the US version is less bleak and grim. See more »


Soundtracks

Knocking on Old Doors
Written by Tracy Hall
Performed by Tracy Adams
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Nothing to "Flock" to see
2 July 2010 | by SteveReed007See all my reviews

I finally caught "The Flock" on HBO. A taping at 4:20 am while I was asleep, true, but it's better watched at that hour, methinks. It was apparently only released to theaters in Japan and Turkey, from all reports, but North Americans really didn't miss much.

It's professionally produced, pairs Claire Danes memorably with Richard Gere, and makes their interplay (standard retiring-burnout-and-protégé) entirely believable in most ways.

The gore and corpses aren't beyond those in many modern horror movies, though the camera often lingers more than it should. The fetishes (and worse) of Gere's monitored ex-cons shouldn't shock anyone who's ever been in a triple-X shop.

Danes's acting is superb, especially in pursuing an abductor's trail (standard police-procedural, though by non-cops) with Gere's brooding and effective Errol. What blew a hole in this, though, is that she was miscast in the first place.

Even though one of Gere's well-worn "flock" is female, nearly all are intimidating men, and the role her character Allison is training to take up calls for more heft. Both physically and professionally.

I didn't believe for one minute that Allison chose such a grueling job out of anything more than economic need, certainly not from any more personal calling. No hints are made as to her motivation, nor is anything mentioned of her personal life, beyond nosy behavior and a clumsy allusion by compulsive background-checker Errol.

It's a miscasting on a par with what was done with Danes in "The Mod Squad," but unlike that idiocy of a plot-mangled remake, this gives Danes a quite strong setup — and much gore and many sad fetishes — to play against. If you accept that someone of her perception and refinement would ever take that job in the first place, that is.

Turn to it on cable, but I wouldn't take the effort to even go to the video store or put it in a Netflix queue. It's worth one viewing.

(Most of this review originally appeared on the IMDb board for Claire Danes, followed by considerable discussion.)


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