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Compliance -- Inspired by true events, COMPLIANCE tells the chilling story of just how far one might go to obey a figure of authority.
Compliance -- When a prank caller convinces a fast food restaurant manager to interrogate an innocent young employee, no one is left unharmed.


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When a prank caller claiming to be a police officer convinces a fast food restaurant manager to interrogate an innocent young employee, no one is left unharmed. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Ann Dowd ... Sandra

Matt Servitto ... Supplier

Dreama Walker ... Becky

Pat Healy ... Officer Daniels

Philip Ettinger ... Kevin

Ashlie Atkinson ... Marti
Nikiya Mathis ... Connie

Ralph Rodriguez ... Julio
Stephen Payne ... Harold

Bill Camp ... Van

Amelia Fowler ... Brie

John Merolla ... Customer

James McCaffrey ... Detective Neals

Desmin Borges ... Officer Morris
Matt Skibiak ... Robert Gilmour (as Matthew Skibiak)
Maren McKee ... Daughter

Raymond McAnally ... Portland Detective
George Asatrian ... Convenience Store Clerk

Rebecca Henderson ... Lawyer

Jeffrey Grover ... Television Journalist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Michael Abbott Jr. ... Officer Jimmy Palmer (uncredited)

Samuel Caruana ... Kid with Dad (uncredited)

Liam O'Connor ... Customer (uncredited)
Dominick Sabatino ... Fast Food Customer (uncredited)

Directed by
Craig Zobel 
Writing credits
Craig Zobel (written by)

Produced by
Carina Alves .... executive producer
James Belfer .... executive producer
Andrew Brickman .... co-executive producer
Tyler Davidson .... producer
David Gordon Green .... executive producer
Eric Hollenbeck .... co-executive producer
Sophia Lin .... producer
Allan Marks .... co-executive producer
Lisa Muskat .... producer
Theo Sena .... producer
Alyson E. Winick .... co-executive producer (as Alyson Winick)
Craig Zobel .... producer
Original Music by
Heather McIntosh 
Cinematography by
Adam Stone (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jane Rizzo 
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Paul Schnee 
Production Design by
Matthew Munn 
Art Direction by
Michael Powsner  (as Michael S. Powsner)
Set Decoration by
Tom McMillan 
Costume Design by
Karen Malecki 
Makeup Department
Jessie Gambardella .... assistant hair stylist
Jessie Gambardella .... assistant makeup artist
Rondi Scott .... hair stylist
Rondi Scott .... makeup department head
Production Management
Marcelo Gandola .... post-production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Juan Mazara .... second second assistant director
William Harry Nangle .... second assistant director (as Wm. Harry Nangle)
Josh Newport .... first assistant director
Art Department
Jessica Gagliano .... on-set dresser (as Jessica Voris)
James Maher .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Alan Blanco .... adr engineer
Rich Bologna .... supervising sound editor
Will Files .... sound re-recording mixer
Christof Gebert .... sound mixer (as Christopher Gebert)
Scott Lewis .... assistant to sound re-recording mixer
John Moros .... foley artist
Nathan Nance .... assistant to sound re-recording mixer
Abigail Savage .... additional dialogue editor
Jeff Seelye .... additional foley editor
Laura Sinnott .... adr engineer
Shaun Brennan .... foley artist (uncredited)
Jesse Flaitz .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Casey Macker .... visual effects artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Messiah Amaram .... grip
Justin Bennett .... best boy grip (as Justin Rusty Bennett)
Pedro Corcega .... digital imaging technician
Chris DesRochers .... grip
Michael Farino .... grip
Michael Fuchs .... steadicam operator
Scott Gardner .... additional photographer
Jamison Henson .... camera production assistant
Jeff Holman .... best boy electric
Linda Kallerus .... additional first assistant camera (as Linda Slater)
Brooks Lockwood .... electrician
Adam Lukens .... gaffer
Brian MacLean .... key grip
Stephen McBride .... second assistant camera
Nathan McGarigal .... additional digital imaging technician
John-Paul Rankin .... grip
David Regan .... first assistant camera
Jonathan E. Rotberg .... electrician (as Jonathan Rotberg)
Aaron Smith .... grip
John Spicer .... grip
Animation Department
Scott Kawczynski .... animator: end titles (uncredited)
Casting Department
Rich Delia .... casting associate
Allison Estrin .... casting associate
Michael Fredlund .... casting assistant
Adam Richards .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mackenzie Aliano .... wardrobe assistant
Cara Alpert .... wardrobe assistant
Lainie Anderson .... associate costume designer
Editorial Department
Mike Chiado .... digital intermediate technologist
John Diesso .... digital conform
David Feldman .... digital intermediate account executive
Liam Ford .... digital intermediate producer
Andrew Geary .... assistant colorist
Tom Poole .... colorist
Stefan Sonnenfeld .... digital intermediate executive producer: Company 3
Devin Sterling .... digital intermediate head of production
Vincent F. Welch .... first assistant editor
Marc Brown .... film output: digital intermediate (uncredited)
Music Department
Derek Almstead .... music engineer
Derek Almstead .... musician: electric guitar, percussion
Kris Deason .... musician: electric guitar, electronics
Peter Erchick .... musician: piano
Andrew Gonzalez .... music engineer (as Andy Gonzales)
Andrew Gonzalez .... musician: electric guitar (as Andy Gonzales)
Brian Graiser .... musician: percussion
Eric Harris .... musician: percussion
John Lindaman .... musician: electric guitar
Heather McIntosh .... music engineer
Heather McIntosh .... musician: cello, celeste, glockenspiel, electric bass
Griffin Rodriguez .... music mix refinement: The Shape Shoppe West
Jay Sweet .... music consultant
Jeremy Thai .... musician: french horn
Jeremy Wheatley .... musician: marimba
Other crew
Anne S. Atkinson .... legal services: Pryor Cashman
Anna Bosco .... production accountant
Ethan Carlson .... location scout
Tommy Castellanos .... set production assistant
Jean-Paul Chreky .... script supervisor
Cole Dabney .... social media
Bryant Donohue .... set production assistant
Kathy England .... insurance broker: Taylor & Taylor Insurance
Ryan Gajewski .... set intern
Kyle Garrison .... set production assistant
Daniel Hewson .... set production assistant
Amelia Host .... production coordinator
James A. Janowitz .... legal services: Pryor Cashman
Laura Jeanvolpe .... insurance broker: Taylor & Taylor Insurance
Jaime Keeling .... payroll: IndiePay
Adam Kersh .... publicist
Greg Lemonides .... chef
Derek Peterson .... set production assistant
Teddy Schenck .... location manager (as Edward 'Teddy' Schenck)
Robert Stein .... legal services: Pryor Cashman (as F. Robert Stein)
Jennifer Taxel .... set production assistant
Onur Tukel .... epk
Alexander Uhlmann .... assistant: Lisa Muskat and David G. Green (as Alex Uhlmann)
Joel Walkowski .... set production assistant
Farihah Zaman .... office production assistant
Scott Kawczynski .... title designer: end titles (uncredited)
Dana O'Keefe .... sales agent (uncredited)
David Buckman .... special thanks
Jeffrey A. Green .... very special thanks
Robert Ruggeri .... special thanks
Joseph Stephens .... very special thanks
Don Wells .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
Rated R for language and sexual content/nudity
90 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: When Becky is first stripping down, her hair is up/down between shots.See more »
Becky:I don't know what's going on here, I'm just trying to do my job.See more »
Movie Connections:
Just Walk AwaySee more »


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38 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
It should leave you feeling sad and disgusted!, 11 September 2012
Author: Hellmant from United States

'COMPLIANCE': Four and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

This is the type of movie that will really leave a lot of viewers feeling disgusted and 'dirty'! It had that effect on me and many others, as there have been reports of multiple viewers walking out on screenings of the film (frustrated and appalled by what they were seeing). I was utterly depressed after watching it and felt that way (on and off) for several days after viewing the movie because of it. To me that's the sign of a well made film. It doesn't mean I liked or enjoyed the movie, those are entirely different things, but I do respect it as the quality dramatic thriller that it is.

The story is based on true events in which a prank call leads to the manipulated sexual harassment (and more) of an employee at a fast food restaurant in a small town. The prank caller (Pat Healy) pretends to be a police officer and convinces the manager of a ChickWich chain restaurant (Ann Dowd) that one of her employees (Dreama Walker) has stolen money from a customer's purse. He then convinces the manager to strip search the employee and get other employees involved. The situation continues to escalate and become more and more disturbing as new people are brought in and manipulated throughout the day. It's based on a series of nearly 60 similar crimes around the US (believed to be perpetrated by the same individual), most specifically the McDonald's case in Bullitt County.

The movie is extremely shocking and at times the actions of the characters seem too unbelievable to be true, but they are, which makes the movie all that harder to watch. Some have called it the 'most disturbing movie ever' but unlike something like 'THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE' this movie actually has a point and something to learn and take away from it. It's a fantastic character and psychological study and the performances are all exceptional. Ann Dowd is particularly impressive in the lead but if there is one weak link I'd say it's Dreama Walker (I wasn't entirely convinced by her at times). For the most part the characters are very believable and feel like people we all really know. It's the writer and director's, Craig Zobel, second film and he really seems like a filmmaker to watch for. Like I said it's definitely a hard film to watch and since it does do it's job right it should leave you feeling sad and disgusted. To be an honest critic you can't judge a movie on how much you liked it, or base your review on other personal biases, you have to rate it on how well it does what it set out to do. This is an exceptionally well made film!

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