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In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a universe of greed.

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Cassius Green (as Lakeith Stanfield)
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Detroit
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Salvador
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Mr. _______
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Sergio
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Diana DeBauchery
Michael X. Sommers ...
Johnny
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Langston
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Squeeze
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Steve Lift
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Anderson
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Cassius's White Voice (voice)
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Mr. _______'s White Voice (voice)
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Detroit's White British Voice (voice)
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First Equisapien / Demarius
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Voice in Elevator (voice)
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Mrs. Costello
Jerry Mcdaniel Jr. ...
Man Eating Dinner
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Cynthia Rose / Neanderthal Woman
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Blackwater Commander
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Game Show Host (as Elaine Clark)
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Car Passenger (as Mistah Fab)
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Woman on Couch (as Valerie Garrahan)
Chad Briggs ...
Billboard Worker
Ken Baggott ...
TV News Reporter (as Kenneth Baggott)
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Street Preacher
Damion Gallegos ...
Jim Ellman
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Mr. Son
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Entertainment News Host
Nato Green ...
Man in Crowd
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Other Man in Crowd
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Colette
Sara Buskirk ...
WorryFree Commercial Voice (voice)
Terel Gibson ...
NTV Spots Announcer
Lyrics Born ...
Game Show Contestant
Gabby LaLa ...
Health Clinic Receptionist (as Gabby La La)
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DIY Wig-Making Host
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Screaming Equisapien (voice) (as Kenneth Gamble)
Keniece Ford ...
Left Eye Street Artist (as Keneice Ford)
Gina Madrid ...
Left Eye Street Artist
Spy Emerson ...
Left Eye Street Artist
Silk E ...
Left Eye Street Artist
Jacinta Kaumbulu ...
Left Eye Street Artist
Sara Melekova ...
Left Eye Street Artist
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Left Eye Street Artist
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Left Eye Street Artist (as Akilah Walker)
Akia Greybill ...
Left Eye Street Artist
Makiah Green ...
Left Eye Street Artist
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Patient in Waiting Room (uncredited)
Rayna Angélique ...
Striker / Protester (uncredited)
Eric Arnold ...
Eric Arnold (uncredited) (voice)
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Soldier / Party Guest (uncredited)
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Power Caller / Lady in Red (uncredited)
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Worry Free Gay Commercial Person (uncredited)
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Striker (uncredited)
Ryan Coursey ...
Langston White Voice (uncredited)
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Telemarketer (uncredited)
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Fake Cassius Green (uncredited)
M. Shawn Cunningham ...
The Bouncer (uncredited)
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Striker / Protester (uncredited)
Steve Dakota ...
Striker (uncredited)
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Bloody Protester (uncredited)
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Man Brushing Teeth in Car (uncredited)
Yin Dumela ...
Striker (uncredited)
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Girl in VIP Room (uncredited)
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Telemarketer (uncredited)
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Senator (uncredited)
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Power Caller (uncredited)
Jayson Johnson ...
Guy on the Street (uncredited)
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Football Player (uncredited)
Victor Kali ...
Man Talking with Detroit at Gallery Opening (uncredited)
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Injured Striker (uncredited)
John Lobato ...
House Party Guest (uncredited)
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Girl in VIP Room (uncredited)
Mary Lu Marr ...
Striker (uncredited)
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Telemarketer (uncredited)
Ed Moy ...
Telemarketer (uncredited)
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Telemarketer (uncredited)
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Wife (uncredited)
Ajani Perkins ...
Protester (uncredited)
Krystle Piamonte ...
Manicurist / Striker (uncredited)
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Power Caller (uncredited)
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Protester (uncredited)
Yhana Sibelle ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Factory Worker (uncredited)
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Copy Technician (uncredited)
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Blackwater Agent (uncredited)
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Blackwater Agent (uncredited)
Stephanie Vandagriff ...
Secretary (uncredited)
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Blackwater Agent (uncredited)
Jimi Wheeler ...
Protester (uncredited)
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Dave - Painter Chasing Detroit (uncredited)
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Equisapien (uncredited)

Directed by

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Boots Riley

Written by

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Boots Riley ... (written by)

Produced by

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Brian Benson ... co-producer
Nina Yang Bongiovi ... producer
Debbie Brubaker ... co-producer / line producer
Michael Y. Chow ... executive producer
Gus Deardoff ... executive producer
Jonathan Duffy ... producer
Philipp Engelhorn ... executive producer
Poppy Hanks ... executive producer
Caroline Kaplan ... executive producer
Charles D. King ... producer
Josh Rappaport ... co-producer (as Joshua Rappaport)
Kim Roth ... executive producer
George Rush ... producer
Michael K. Shen ... executive producer
Forest Whitaker ... producer
Kelly Williams ... producer

Music by

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The Coup
Merrill Garbus
Boots Riley
Tune-Yards

Cinematography by

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Doug Emmett ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Terel Gibson

Editorial Department

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Lisa Aquilino ... Annapurna Pictures
Sam Daley ... colorist
Kathryn Prescott ... first assistant editor
Carlos Nestor Ramos ... Assistant editor - Trailer and TV spots: Big Picture Entertainment
James Reyes ... digital intermediate producer
Devan Maura Saber ... digital intermediate producer
Jordan P.H. Stein ... finishing artist
Matt Thompson ... finishing artist
Ben Federman ... digital intermediate assist (uncredited)

Casting By

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Eyde Belasco

Production Design by

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Jason Kisvarday

Art Direction by

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Stephen Dudro

Set Decoration by

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Kelsi Ephraim

Costume Design by

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Deirdra Elizabeth Govan

Makeup Department

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Margaret Caragan ... special makeup effects artist
Kirsten Coleman ... makeup department head (as Kirsten Sage Coleman)
Sarah Coy ... assistant makeup artist
Alec Gillis ... special character effects creator / special character effects designer
Treja McClish ... assistant makeup artist
Amanda Mofield ... wig supervisor
Josie Rodriguez ... key makeup artist
Kekepania Vasquez-Tamali'i ... assistant hair stylist
William Weisman ... hair department intern
Tom Woodruff Jr. ... character effects design
Antoinette Yoka ... hair department head
Elizabeth Fox ... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Kekepania Vasquez-Tamali'i ... barber (uncredited) / colorist: Tessa Thompson (uncredited)

Production Management

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Chris Martin ... unit production manager
Josh Rappaport ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Nick Alvarez ... second second assistant director
Brian Benson ... first assistant director
Hilton Jamal Day ... second assistant director
Beomjin Kim ... assistant director intern
Sam Purdy ... second second assistant director

Art Department

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Lauren Abrams ... lead scenic painter
Courtney Andujar ... graphic designer
Robert Burg ... scenic painter
Cain Czopek ... props
K.C. Dempsey ... carpenter/studio mechanic
Gaerick Duffin ... set dresser
Larry Eisler ... set dresser
Anders Ericsson ... props
David Alan Gardner ... construction coordinator
Blake Gibbs ... carpenter / studio mechanic
Christian Hoobyar ... set dresser
Jason Hoobyar ... leadman
Peggy Hrastar ... scenic painter
Nick Koehler ... set dresser
Melanie Leandro ... assistant property master
Andrew Lewis ... set dresser
David Little ... set painter
Roweena Mackay ... art department coordinator
Mike Martino ... carpenter
Omid Matthew ... art assistant
Brynn Metheney ... Concept Artist
James-Daniel Moran ... Art Department Assistant: J.D. Moran
Wayne Olds ... scenic painter
Michael Mahlon Orona ... on set dresser
Gregory Reft ... set dresser
Shane Alan Richard ... assistant property master
J. Otto Seibold ... Additional Graphics
Charlie Textor ... property master
Katy Tiemann ... art buyer
Mariana Urban ... Art Department Assistant
Jody Weisenfeld ... shopper
Jesse Wilson ... propmaker
Wiley John Wright II ... art department production assistant
Harry Du Young ... art production assistant
J. Otto Seibold ... typography (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Justine Baker ... adr mixer
Daniel Brennan ... re-recording mixer (as Dan Brennan)
Kristin Catuogno ... sound re-recordist
Ryan Coursey ... re-recording mixer
Ruy García ... re-recording mixer / supervising sound editor
Vladimir Kerkez ... foley recordist
Allen Lau ... assistant sound editor
Michael McMenomy ... supervising sound editor
Angela Organ ... adr editor
Thomas Pinney ... boom operator
Fred Runner ... production sound mixer
Lori Shinn ... post production sound facility producer
Aleksandra Stojanovic ... foley artist
Lidia Tamplenizza ... dialogue editor
Dave Wilson ... adr mixer
Emily Gilmer ... post production sound facility coordinator (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Tony Aldrich ... lab technician/moldmaker: Pandora FX
Wayne Anderson ... Key Sculptor: creature effects
Margaret Caragan ... special effects designer/fabricator: Rhinoceros Trophy Head / special makeup effects designer/sculptor/applicator: Lakeith Stanfield for Pandora FX
Alec Gillis ... puppeteer
Melanie Leandro ... special makeup effects assistant
Andrew Lewis ... special effects coordinator
Korrin Renzulli ... lab assistant: Pandora FX
Chrysalis Rose ... lab assistant: Pandora FX
Walter Welsh ... lab technician/moldmaker: Pandora FX
David T. Woodruff ... special effects technician

Visual Effects by

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Ben Kopman ... motion designer
Michael Lester ... lead compositor
Joe Macken ... motion designer
Darren Orr ... visual effects supervisor
Eric Pascua ... flame compositor (as Eric 'EZ' Pascua)
Evan Ryan ... cg supervisor
Nathan Walker ... flame compositor
Gordon T. Wittmann ... visual effects producer: Allied/Beast SF (as Gordon Wittman)

Stunts

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Ashley Becciani ... stunts (as Ashley Short)
Jason Berry ... stunts
Troy Carbonel ... stunts
Eric Jacobus ... stunt coordinator
Ed Kahana ... stunts
Dennis Ruel ... stunts
Amy Sturdivant ... stunts
Tony Toste ... stunt actor
Christi Vaughn ... stunts
Tony Vella ... Specialty Stunt Coordinator/Stunt Performer
Robert Wheeler ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Nicholas Alexander ... grip
Tigris Bergman ... rigging electrician
Mike Booth ... best boy electric
Bonnie Briggs ... rigging grip
Danger Charles ... first assistant "b" camera
Sin Cohen ... media manager
William Dauel ... additional first assistant camera: "b" camera
Julien de Benedictis ... rigging grip
Mike Fischer ... additional electrician
Siraj Fowler ... grip
Vatsala Goel ... camera pa
Joe Heath ... grip
Alex Herter ... additional grip
Carlos Herter ... grip
James Heywood ... grip
Emily Hock ... second assistant "a" camera
Jayson Johnson ... camera pa
Dan Juenemann ... additional electrician
Clay Kerri ... additional grip
Tandy Kyne ... additional electrician
Luke Lasley ... additional first assistant camera: "b" camera
Joe Lindsay ... steadicam/b camera operator
Mathew Marden ... key grip
Jason Miller ... additional electrician
John J. Moers ... additional documentary interviews
Christofer Moscoso ... best boy grip
Drew Nelson ... gaffer
Nicolas 'Nico' Ortiz y Pino ... rigging grip
Eric Paulsen ... electrician
Bryan Perido ... data manager
Peter Prato ... still photographer
Mila Puccini ... additional grip
Orlando Rivera ... grip
William Shore ... rigging electrician
Buddy Allen Thomas ... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Zach Towner ... additional grip
Nik Wendelsdorf ... grip

Animation Department

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Ri Crawford ... animator
David Lauer ... animator
Amanda Todd ... assistant stop motion animation sequence

Casting Department

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Dann Fink ... adr voice casting
Marcy Guiragossian ... extras casting
Nina Henninger ... casting director: san francisco
Sarah Kliban ... casting associate: san francisco
Charlene Piper ... extras casting production assistant
Angelica Pique ... extras casting assistant
Jules Retzlaff ... extras casting assistant
FuSheng Yu ... extras casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Markus Fokken ... costumer
Paula Jean Fredrickson ... stitcher
Deirdre Scully ... costume supervisor
Valerie White ... key costumer

Location Management

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Chelsea Bass ... location assistant
Rashod Edwards ... location scout
Trent Hanible ... location intern
Saisie M. Jang ... key assistant location manager
Heather MacLean ... location manager
Jessica Lee Malloure ... location coordinator

Music Department

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llghtchlld ... music editor (as Mitsuko Alexandra Yabe)
Anthony Seyler ... Album producer

Script and Continuity Department

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Andrea Manners ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Joe Abney ... driver
A.J. Bromstead ... driver
Ajay Bromstead ... driver
Clark Dolan ... driver
Erik Hattan ... transportation captain
John Levi ... driver
Randy Null ... driver
Charlie Scarano ... driver
Rick Simmons ... transportation co-captain

Other crew

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Victoria Adams ... assistant accountant
Sara Anders ... craft service
Ivie Arasomwan ... creative executive: Cinereach
Abigail Ayckbourn ... production assistant
Noelle Bernhard ... production coordinator
Mark Bosia ... medic coordinator / set medic coordinator
Phillip Buckley ... set medic
Chas Dabby ... travel agent
Daniel Eubanks ... key set production assistant
Ryan Farrell ... Assistant Production Coordinator
Shaun Paul Gordon ... head of post production: Annapurna Pictures (as Shaun Gordon)
Giselle Grimaldo ... set production assistant
Rachel Groat ... production assistant
Laura F. Haynes ... production coordinator
Dylan T. Jones ... production assistant
Max Kosma ... craft service
Marli Lee ... assistant to producers
Mike Manning ... post production coordinator: Annapurna Pictures
Lon Muckey ... puppeteer
Brennan Pickman-Thoon ... production assistant
Lori Prince ... Additional Voices
Sam Purdy ... 2nd 2nd AD
Brett Robinson ... assistant: Annapurna Pictures
Sammy Scher ... Production & Acquisitions: Annapurna Pictures
Marco Seropian ... set medic
David Snook ... accountant
Taylor Spencer ... assistant to director
Matt Thompson ... accounting assistant
Elliott Whitton ... creative executive: Cinereach
Garth Winkless ... puppeteer
Tom Woodruff Jr. ... puppeteer
J.S. Wu ... Storyboard Artist
Michael Zhan ... assistant to producers

Thanks

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Naila Ahmed ... special thanks
Mark Ankner ... special thanks
Mario Badescu ... special thanks
Jack Black ... special thanks
Scott Dacko ... thanks
Guillermo del Toro ... special thanks
Dave Eggers ... special thanks
Megan Ellison ... special thanks
Gyula Gazdag ... special thanks
Andrew Goldman ... thanks
Michel Gondry ... special thanks
Meagan Good ... special thanks
David Gordon Green ... special thanks
Catherine Hardwicke ... special thanks
Ted Hope ... special thanks
Vanessa Hope ... special thanks
Robert Kessel ... the producers wish to thank
Caroline Libresco ... thanks
Alan McConnell ... thanks
Jordan Peele ... special thanks
Chelsea Peretti ... special thanks
Brian Posehn ... special thanks
Jason Ritter ... special thanks
Jaime Rush ... thanks
Andy Samberg ... special thanks
Akiva Schaffer ... special thanks
Colin Stark ... special thanks
Todd Stashwick ... special thanks
Jorma Taccone ... special thanks
Dylan Tichenor ... special thanks
Bokeem Woodbine ... special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

In an alternate version of Oakland, Cassius Green gets a telemarketing job and finds the commission paid job a dispiriting struggle as a black man selling to predominately white people over the phone. That changes when a veteran advises him to use his "white voice," and the attitude behind it to make himself more appealing to customers. With a bizarrely high-pitched accent, Cassius becomes a success even as his colleagues form a union to improve their miserable jobs. Regardless, Cassius finds himself promoted a "Power Caller" selling the most morally abhorrent but lucrative products and services as his connection to his girlfriend and colleagues fades away. However, Cassius' conscience arises anew as he finds himself in the midst of his boss' bizarre world of condescending bigoted decadence and his sinister plans to create the perfect subservient work force with Cassius' help. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Also Known As
  • Perdona que te moleste (Spain)
  • Desculpe te Incomodar (Brazil)
  • Вибач, що турбую (Ukraine)
  • 抱歉打擾你 (Taiwan)
  • Rahatsız Ettiğim için Özür Dilerim (Turkey, Turkish title)
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Runtime
  • 112 min
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Budget $3,200,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $727,266, 08 Jul 2018

Did You Know?

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Trivia At one point, Detroit wears a pair of earrings with the phrases BURY THE RAG and DEEP IN YOUR FACE. These are lyrics from "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll" by Bob Dylan, which is a protest song about a poor African-American woman murdered by a wealthy white man. ("Bury the rag deep in your face/ Now's the time for your tears".) See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Armie Hammer/Meghan Trainor/Rupi Kaur/Bebe Rexha (2018). See more »
Soundtracks Victors of the Age See more »
Quotes Voice in Elevator: Welcome, Cassius Green. I hope you have not masturbated today. We need you sharp and ready to go.
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