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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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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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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 »

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

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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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I'm A Dance
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Written by Jeffery Johnson and David Swan
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Zobel Will Make You Cringe
10 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Compliance" is a shockingly terrifying film. As I watched the events unfold on the screen, knowing that they were tightly based off a true story, I had difficulty maintaining my breathing. With a sinister visual style from the start, filled with tight macro shots and a simply greasy aura, as well as powerful performances from all of the cast members, most exceptionally Ann Dowd, "Compliance" transcends from its fast-food setting into something much darker, and much more haunting. The abuse of the young cashier is repulsive. "How could you do that?!" you will continually wonder, wishing the words would escape your head in the form of a scream. This film is frustrating, vexing, and equally engrossing, almost as if the story itself doesn't satisfy man's need for vicarious horror. "Compliance" forces me to question my fate in humanity and the limits of the 7 billion people with whom I share this Earth. Ultimately this film is a sickening narrative, a narrative I might as well wish I had never seen. Must you watch this? No. Is this a vital piece of cinema? No. Is "Compliance" paralyzing, appalling, thought provoking, and, most brutally, true? More than you could ever imagine.


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STUPID ! chris-siegen
Fed up with the victim blaming. Weak doesn't mean stupid. isabelg_miranda
This one belongs to the top five most annoying movies ever!!! crdrews
Most of you are moronic mouth breathers. Just saying. rbd_1
Actual incident in Kentucky - link to video BonesyBree
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