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Complete Unknown (2016)

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As a man contemplates moving to a new state with his wife for her graduate program, an old flame - a woman who often changes identities - reenters his life at a birthday dinner party.


Joshua Marston
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Erin Darke ... Holly
Rachel Weisz ... Alice Manning
Hansel Tan Hansel Tan ... Magician (as Hansel S. Tan)
FaTye FaTye ... Mike (as Gary F. Francis Jr.)
Zach Appelman ... Malcolm
Michael Shannon ... Tom
Michael Chernus ... Clyde
Azita Ghanizada ... Ramina
Omar Metwally ... Farshad
Frank De Julio ... Mark
Condola Rashad ... Sharon
Chris Lowell ... Brad
Tessa Albertson ... Tilda
Kelly AuCoin ... Dave
Kathy Bates ... Nina


This shape-shifting tale of the perils and pleasures of self-reinvention begins at a dinner party, when Tom's (Michael Shannon) co-worker arrives with an intriguing date named Alice (Rachel Weisz). Tom is convinced he knows her, but she refuses to acknowledge their history. And when Alice makes a hasty exit, Tom sets off after her. What follows is an all-night odyssey shared by two people, one needing to change his life, the other questioning how to stop changing. Written by Amazon Studios

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You are who you say you are.


Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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English | Persian

Release Date:

26 August 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Akit senki sem ismer See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,149, 28 August 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$166,827, 16 September 2016
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kathy Bates and Michael Shannon previously starred as mother and son in Revolutionary Road (2008). See more »


La Subienda
Performed by Gabriel Romero y su Orquesta
Written by Senen Palcios
Published by Edimusica USA (ASCAP)
Courtesy of MiamiRecords/Discos Fuentes/Sunflower Entertainment
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Just awful
6 September 2016 | by mduffy521See all my reviews

I won't give away any spoilers although it would be a merciful thing to do if it kept anybody from spending their good money to see this thing. Besides being unbelievably boring, the idea that Rachel Weisz (who I love)would be attracted to this character is ludicrous. There is zero chemistry between them and all you can see on the screen is Shannon's huge head (I know, this is a cheap shot but sometimes it's all I could focus on - how BIG it is). Now if they had gotten someone like Michael Fassbinder the story would have (much) more plausibility as a romantic story. If you go see this film, I promise that after 40 minutes you'll be checking your watch every 5 minutes praying it will be over very, very soon and the pain will finally stop but you will still have a long, long way to go. And good luck in figuring out what either of them actually does for a living, not that it (or this film) really matters.

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