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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:
Nikiya Mathis ...
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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Power. Manipulation. Obedience. 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:

$16,427 (USA) (17 August 2012)


$318,622 (USA) (26 October 2012)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In an episode of Law and Order:SVU, Robin Williams portrayed a man who also called a fast food manager and had him strip search and interrogate a female employee pretending to be an Officer Milgram. Later on in the episode he performed the experiment on main characters Elliot Stabler(Chris Meloni) and Olivia Benson(Mariska Hargitay). In addition Dreama Walker, who stars in this movie, was in a 16th season episode of Law and Order:SVU called "Forgiving Rollins". See more »


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


Harold: That man's asking me to do things that ain't right. He's asking me to take her apron off and look at her... It ain't right. And it ain't policemanly.
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An Ugly Subject
15 January 2013 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Compliance (2012)

*** (out of 4)

Based on a true story about a fast food manager (Ann Dowd) who receives a phone call from a police officer saying that one of the employees (Dreama Walker) has stolen some money from a customer. The officer then tells the manager to take the girl into her office, strip search her and then hold her there until the police can come get her. COMPLIANCE is a film that has made many people angry and the reports of walk-outs were rather shocking to see because you have to wonder why people would buy a ticket for a film like this and then get upset. I had the misfortune of living in Mount Washington, KY for a few years and this is where the original incident took place. It was at a McDonald's that I've eaten at and I even knew of the people involved in the case. Considering the "type" of town this place was it never really shocked me that something like this could happen but apparently it has happened all over the country. Yes, the subject matter is ugly and yes it's incredible that anyone could be so stupid to allow this to happen but it's all based on fact that people can check out. This film is a pretty ugly but I say that in a good way because with a subject like this there's really no way to paint it as something good so I admire the writer-director for just going strongly at the subject. Both Dowd and Walker turn in excellent performances as does the rest of the supporting cast. Again, the subject matter is just so crazy that it has to be true or else you'd start screaming at your television over the characters doing such stupid things. I still have a lot of questions over the actual case and especially consider the character of some involved. Having followed the case there were some major things that I felt were left out but this has little to do with this film. As a film I think it's very effective and ugly just as it should be. One could debate for years about what actually happened and what one would do if they were ever in a similar circumstance.

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