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Compliance (2012)

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A normal Friday service at a fast food restaurant becomes interrupted by a police officer who claims an employee stole from a customer, but something more sinister is going on.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Payne ...
Detective Neals
Officer Morris
Matt Skibiak ...
Robert Gilmour (as Matthew Skibiak)


At a fast food restaurant, the manager, Sandra, is having a bad day. Suddenly, she gets a phone call from a man claiming to be a police officer who has a complaint that one of her young female employees has stolen from a customer. At the orders of this authoritative sounding stranger, Sandra takes the apparent accused, Becky, to a back room to search her before she is picked up. Once there, the phone scammer manipulates the gullible personnel into participating in Becky's sexual humiliation that grows more twisted with every new sucker on the phone. Only when one final person has the conscience to revolt do they realize the crime they were tricked into, which the real police are hard pressed to solve. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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It should never have gone this far. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexual content/nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 September 2012 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Obediência  »


Box Office


$270,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,427, 19 August 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$318,622, 28 October 2012
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The same caller from the film was believed by cops to be 38-year-old prison warder David Stewart. Who is thought to have tricked managers of more than 70 fast food outlets in 31 US states into strip-searching, humiliating and sexually abusing customers and staff. See more »


When Becky is first stripping down, her hair is up/down between shots. See more »


Officer Daniels: We really have two choices here.
Sandra: Okay, what do you need?
Officer Daniels: We need to find the money, but I want to make this as easy as possible for Becky, wouldn't you agree?
Sandra: Yes, I would.
Officer Daniels: So that's the first thing. And in this situation, either... and I don't like this... we drag her downtown, we book her, we process her, we put her in a holding cell, where she'll probably be all night.
Sandra: That seems very extreme.
Officer Daniels: Yeah, I mean, I think in order to keep this sort of contained, what we could do is just have you ...
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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Compliance (2018) See more »


Just Walk Away
Performed by Gar Richmond
Written by Gar Richmond
Published by Pubadminourstage (BMI)
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A testament to the failure of education in America
28 December 2012 | by See all my reviews

This movie is simply unbearable to watch. Yes, it is well made and has great acting. But whats infuriating is that it highlights how truly stupid and uneducated most Americans are. Yes, I understand given the notion of authority, people will listen to what they are told, but these people act like they have never heard of due process of law, innocent until proved guilty, asking for an attorney to be present or even asking for a policeman's badge number when he demands strange things. Only at a fast food restaurant, staffed by the most uneducated idiots could something like this occur. Or rather, I would like to think so. It seems as if the caller banks of what the people may have seen in TV shows to get them to follow his orders, but likewise, wouldn't TV at least remind people that officers don't strip search and spank people over like 40 missing dollars? The moral of the story is to stay in school and know your rights. Or you might wind up like these morons someday.

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