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Erroll Babbage (Richard Gere) has spent his career tracking sex offenders and his unorthodox methods are nearly as brutal as the criminals he monitors. When he links one of his deranged parolees to the disappearance of a local girl, he and his new partner (Claire Danes) must scour the S&M underground to find her before it's too late.

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Richard Gere stars in The Flock as Errol Babbage, a government employee in charge of tracking registered sex offenders who has become convinced he can tell when they're about to offend again. When a young girl is kidnapped, he loses his bearings and sinks into a violent obsession, dragging his new partner (Claire Danes) into a dogged investigation that includes abusive interrogations, flagrant violations of civil rights, and a whole lot of sexual tension between the two of them. The Flock is the sort of overheated thriller that wants to condemn sexual deviance while depicting it in absurdly lurid and titillating ways (the scenes in a porn studio/fetish market are slathered with moral indignation but ooze with repressed lust). The movie wants to be a portrait of a passionate man who risks becoming what he most abhors, but it's implausible at every turn. The Flock lurches from one sleazy sequence to another, intoxicated by its own hypocrisy, cheering on Babbage's vigilantism while pretending to compare it with the dangerous acting-out of the deviants. In the end, Babbage is redeemed and affirmed. Also featuring Ray Wise (Twin Peaks), KaDee Strickland (Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid), French Stewart (3rd Rock from the Sun), and an extremely brief appearance by pop star Avril Lavigne. --Bret Fetzer

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  • Actors: Richard Gere, Claire Danes, KaDee Strickland, Ray Wise, Russell Sams
  • Directors: Wai-Keung Lau
  • Writers: Craig Mitchell, Hans Bauer
  • Producers: Adam Richman, Alan Latham, Andrew Loo, David Gorton, Drew Larner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: May 20, 2008
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013D8LCC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,334 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By Pamela Ann Walsh on October 9, 2013
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Richard Geer and Claire Danes were perfect together in the roles as the experienced parole officer of sex offenders Richard Geer and the newbie, who is take over Geer's job. She learns that the job is a lot tougher than she expected and sees why Richard Geer is the way he is with these people, who Lie through their eye teeth every chance they get. They show the sick world of the sexual parolees and what the parole officer has to never trust a one of them, as they are not going to change one bit, as this is a person who is no longer a human being, but a very mentally sick individual, who does not give a damn about human life.............
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I saw this movie and really didn't expect much coming in. But Richard Gere delivered his best performance to date and Claire Danes supported him very well. This is probably one of the most if not the most suspenseful movie I have ever seen. While it is a little stomach wrenching at parts I started to gag, it keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Richard Gere deserves an Oscar for his role in this movie, and the cinematography is second to none. I highly suggest this movie.
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The following review refers to "The Flock" (105 minutes) released in Japan where I saw it in theater.

The story of "The Flock" centers around the case of a missing girl. Or girls perhaps, and some disturbing photos. The thriller has an undertone of "The Silence of the Lambs," but in spite of its intriguing protagonist played by cast-against-type Richard Gere, "The Flock" is short on thrills, and some parts require an enormous amount of suspension of disbelief.

The most unique aspect of the film is the central role Richard Gere plays with slovenly appearance with unkempt clothes. Gere plays Erroll Babbage, veteran officer of department of public safety, monitoring paroled sex offenders. After 18 years of his work of supervising the registered offenders, Erroll, firm believer of his own theories about offenders, is not content with just visiting them and doing routine question. He cannot arrest them, but he thinks he can do something with his method, which is not exactly legal sometimes. Even his co-workers stay away from him, including his supervisor Bobby Stiles (Ray Wise). So in 18 days Erroll is to quit, or "let go" from the job.

To Erroll is sent an understudy Allison Lowry (Claire Danes). Erroll takes Allison under his wing and grooms her for the career as officer who can see through the "public presentation" of people. While training Allison, Erroll confides to her that he is convinced of one thing, believe him or not, that only he can know the truths behind the case of a young girl who suddenly disappeared.

As I said before, "The Flock" needs more suspense. Not many details are given about the missing girl (who might have just run away from home).
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Gere is very good as the state or county government worker who tracks child molesters. He is driven by demons, some of which he no doubt had already, but lots of them from the stress and general thanklessness of the job. I like the scenes of the government offices, large rooms crammed with desks and a ceiling filled with fluorescent lights, just like in real life. Claire Danes, to me, is somewhat miscast as a young trainee. I just didn't believe her character. The bad guys are truly bad, and some of the scenes are really creepy, but I cannot object to them. The movie was shot in New Mexico, a nice touch. Richard Gere always surprises me by his acting. He really is believable in his roles.
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I like Richard Gere but this movie is just so-so , it held no interest for me and it was a forced watch through since I bought it on DVD. I should of looked at previews on you tube first . A preview is a good indicator if you will like a movie I just did not care for this film.
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It's a great movie for those who are interested in human behavior. It deals with reality like people buying into someone's impressions and understanding . People often say you don't have an opportunity to make another first impression but an impression is just that , an impression , like the movie says some people just tell lies they live a lie ! Kalifornia is another great movie for people who studying psychology are psychopaths .
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Sporting a cool name and a hot temper Richard Gere stars as Det. Errol Babbage, a man watching over his Flock of registered sex offenders. Errol's methods are too harsh for his superiors so they give him one month before they let him go. Babbage is a loner obsessed with his work, so when one of his sickos doesn't provide the right answers he thinks nothing of slapping him around or beating another with a baseball bat. When a young girl gets kidnapped and held hostage Errol loses it and makes it his mission to bring her back before he shuffles off. Hoping to keep him in check his boss, (the great Ray Wise) assigns Errol a partner named Alison Lowry (Claire Danes). Babbage doesn't appreciate this so he breaks in his new partner by taking her to a sex dungeon where he rubs her face in how dirty and dangerous their job is. As more clues fall in to place Errol believes that one of his Flock whom he has tangled with before is behind this latest kidnapping. It's a genuine shame that more people aren't going to see this film since it was released Direct to Video. The directing by 'Infernal Affairs' Andrew Lau is solid and the performances he gets out of his cast are excellent. This is one of Gere's riskiest and best performances ever. Danes isn't bad it's just that her own work is overshadowed by Gere's powerhouse performance. The subject matter is disturbing and graphic which can make this a tough film to watch at times. Hopefully this little seen masterpiece will find an audience on DVD or cable.
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