The Flock

August 4th, 2007


The Flock

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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.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 5.7/10 (6,653 voted)

Director: Wai-keung Lau

Stars: Richard Gere, Claire Danes, KaDee Strickland

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.

Writers: Hans Bauer, Craig Mitchell

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 Sisco - Harriet Wells
Dwayne L. Barnes - Vincent Dennison (as Dwayne Barnes)
Matt Schulze - Glenn Custis
Debrianna Mansini - Harriet's Mother
Ed Ackerman - Louis Kessler
French Stewart - Haynes Ownby
Paul Scallan - Missing Girl's Father
Susan Conklin - Missing Girl's Mother
Carmen Serano - Woman in Gorilla Suit

Taglines: To kill accusations, you must go with the flock. (UK Tagline)


Official Website: Official soundtrack site | RCV Entertainment [Netherlands] |

Release Date: 4 August 2007

Filming Locations: Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: BRL 435,424 (Brazil) (14 October 2007) (81 Screens)

Gross: $5,359,167 (Non-USA)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Canada:  | USA:

Revealing mistakes: 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.

[first lines]
Erroll Babbage: Hey!

User Review

Better than they say. Hell, better than "8 MM" too.

Rating: 6/10

I have just seen this movie. It just opened today (November 9th 2007) in Spain. Let me say that I understand the bad word of mouth the movie is having, it deals with a difficult subject (sexual abusers) and its tone is as dark as say "9 MM", if not darker.

But all things considered it's a pretty good film. The investigation angle makes for a very tense thriller, but where the film really shines is in the depiction of Richard Gere's characters, as well as the villain's, which I won't reveal.

Gere is really all stops go here, it's easily his most intense role since "Internal Affairs". Even if you are not Gere fans, you're gonna love him in this.

On the minus side, I didn't like the way the film is edited. It's full of flashes, freeze frames and all those "arty" stuff they cram into your TV series and direct-to-DVD movies. I understand they wanted to give the movie a hard edge, but it's often too distracting. The film is already dark and gritty enough as it is, and this bells and whistles don't add a damn thing.

And then there's Claire Danes. look, she's an OK actress, but she was like a fish out of water here. They give her character some interesting background, but she's constantly out off key. She looks like a raving lunatic when she tries to act quirky or vulnerable, and not very convincing when the script calls for her character to toughen up a little.

So, it's an interesting movie if you can go beyond the surface of its visual trickery, but not as good as it could be. I would say it earns a 6'5 - 7 in my scale.


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