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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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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 »


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

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26 September 2012 (France)  »

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Obediência  »

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$270,000 (estimated)

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

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$318,622 (USA) (26 October 2012)
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A message displayed before the film starts refers to the Milgram experiment, and says that the story, inspired by real events, is so shocking it is hard to believe, but that nothing was exaggerated. See more »

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When the police are collecting computer surveillance footage as evidence from the restaurant's computers, a policeman takes out a CD/DVD reader claiming it has all the backups for all the systems. He should be taking the computer's hard-drives as evidence. See more »

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Supplier: You're fucked without bacon, I tell you that!
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Featured in The 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards (2013) See more »

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Tomorrow Might Be a Better Day
Performed by Jason Eustice
Written by Edwin Leavitt
Published by Pubadminourstage (ASCAP)
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Thought-provoking and frustrating
18 March 2013 | by (Fultondale, Alabama) – See all my reviews

If the screenwriters were to have written this script in a vacuum, I would have been throwing popcorn at the screen due to what I'd consider to be the most illogical, ludicrous and unbelievable character decisions/motivations seen committed to film in a very long time. Sadly, this was based on a true story, which makes me want to tear my hair out at the sheepish state of American society and how so many people could be so readily manipulated and to such destructive ends. I'm horrified by the actions of the manager, her complicit co-workers, the baffling sadism of her fiancé, and the toothless submission of the young girl to such a bizarre situation. I'm horrified because in reality these characters were the most average of Americans but with such weak minds and will. I'm also horrified that the culprit on the phone is such a disgusting sociopath who would go to such bizarre ends to anonymously harm innocent strangers. And I'm horrified that this was not an isolated event. These are your neighbors. I'm horrified that this "slice of life" in modern American culture is only a "slice", and that there's so much more mindlessness where this came from.

I'm not the wisest of men, but I feel I can offer just a little sound advice for navigating this thing called life:

Question authority, and always think for yourself.


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