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Civic Duty (2007)

Director: Jeff Renfroe     Starring: Peter Krause Khaled Abol Naga
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Format: DVD
Sku: 204970449
UPC: 024543465300
UPC 14: 00024543465300
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Know Thy Neighbor.
Angry and depressed over losing his job, accountant Terry Allen (Peter Krause) begins to suspect his new, Middle Eastern neighbor is at the center of a terrorist conspiracy. Terry becomes obsessed about revealing the man's true identity and finally takes matters into his own hands - with shocking results.

"...a Hitchcock-style ambiguity in its storytelling...consistently engrossing...  Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
"...a study in paranoid psychosis...  Jack Mathews, New York Daily News

Editor's Note
A nervy, claustrophobic look at post-9/11 anti-terrorism hysteria, CIVIC DUTY asks the difficult question: What would you do if you thought you next-door neighbor might be a terrorist? Our proxy in this rapid slide into paranoia is Terry Allen (Peter Krause, SIX FEET UNDER) a newly unemployed accountant. With large amounts of free time, Terry finds himself glued to cable news channels and their constant updates of homeland security and threat of jihad from Muslim extremists. After noticing that Gabe (Khaled Abol Naga), the new neighbor across the courtyard in his apartment complex, is Middle Eastern and is often carrying boxes into his apartment with other Middle Eastern men, Terry becomes suspicious. After he notifies an FBI agent (Richard Schiff) of Gabe's possibly dangerous activities, Terry's own behavior becomes increasingly manic and dangerous, threatening both his marriage and his sanity.

A small film that effectively poses difficult questions, CIVIC DUTY boasts a fine performance from Krause (who is also co-producer). His character allows us to identify and sympathize with him even as his behavior becomes borderline psychotic. Director Jeff Renfroe's frequent quick cuts and close-ups give the film the look of a slick, Hollywood production though it essentially moves with the economy of a stage play, and his use of details (such as exorbitant gas prices and increasingly mechanized customer service) nicely help to convey Terry's increasing alienation. Though the film is timely in its view of Bush-era persecution (it could be seen as a flip side to Michael Winterbottom's THE ROAD TO GUANTANAMO), it's also a tense, timeless story of witch-hunt paranoia that could be applied to nearly any era of political conflict.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, English, Spanish, Subtitled, Sensormatic

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Foxvideo
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/10/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 98 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2007
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 2246530
Video UPC UPC: 00024543465300
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  1.78:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Ian Tracey
Video Cast Info Kari Matchett
Video Cast Info Peter Krause
Video Cast Info Richard Schiff
Video Cast Info Andrew Joiner - Writer
Video Cast Info Dylan MacLeod - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Eli Krantzberg - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Eli Rothman - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Erik Hammarberg - Editor
Video Cast Info Jeff Renfroe - Director
Video Cast Info Jeff Renfroe - Editor
Video Cast Info Peter Krause - Producer
Video Cast Info Rick Willoughby - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Terry Huud - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Tyler Jones - Art Director

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"The vivid sense of time and place is the best thing about this REAR WINDOW-derived suspense picture..." 05/04/2007 p.E10 8 of 10
"Televisions are always playing in the background of Civic Duty, an uneven but mostly compelling thriller about a guy literally driven mad by the constant fear and paranoia he views on the nightly news...The entire film moves back and forth between emotional honesty and formulaic suspense conventions, though in the end the strong character-driven material wins out...The film also has a riveting supporting performance by Richard Schiff as the FBI agent. Schiff and Krause's scenes are the best in the movie, as the West Wing veteran perfectly depicts the difficulty of a FBI agent's job in the wake of 9/11. In the conversations between Terry and the FBI agent, Schiff conveys a great deal of subtext, subtly implying the struggle between being eternally vigilant and wasting time with witnesses who are probably nuts. It is in this relationship that Civic Duty becomes something more than just the bastard child of Taxi Driver and Rear Window and turns into a provocative, unsettling tale about a powerful nation on the defensive." - Jim Hemphill

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Krause,Peter
Product attributeLabel:   Fox Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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