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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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Writer:
Craig Zobel (written by)
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Release Date:
26 September 2012 (France) See more »
Tagline:
How far would you go? See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
13 wins & 27 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
I dare you NOT to react ... See more (175 total) »

Cast

  (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 .... re-recording mixer
Christof Gebert .... sound mixer (as Christopher Gebert)
Scott R. Lewis .... assistant re-recording mixer (as Scott Lewis)
John Moros .... foley artist
Nathan Nance .... assistant 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 .... assistant costume designer
Lainie Anderson .... associate costume designer
Lainie Anderson .... costume supervisor
 
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)
 
Location Management
Ethan Carlson .... location scout
Teddy Schenck .... location manager (as Edward 'Teddy' Schenck)
 
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
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
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)
 
Thanks
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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MPAA:
Rated R for language and sexual content/nudity
Runtime:
90 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Becky is first stripping down, her hair is up/down between shots.See more »
Quotes:
Becky:I didn't do anything.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
White DressSee more »

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38 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
I dare you NOT to react ..., 3 January 2013
Author: twilliams76 from Kansas City, MO, USA

I dare you to watch Compliance and not have some deep-rooted psychological reaction. Yell at the screen. Curse the characters. Walk out in disgust. I guarantee ANY movie fan will react.

Compliance isn't a movie one can casually watch and shrug-off as if one hasn't just seen something. I am not even sure how my closest friends would react to a film like this one. I watched with curious fascination at first but the fascination and interest quickly evolved into disdain and eventual outrage as the film played itself out for the audience's voyeuristic entertainment. Knowing that the film is based on a "True Story" is even more off-putting but none-the-less (and possibly more) repulsive. Thinking back, it is even unsettling trying to "peg" the audience as the unsuspecting pawns in this perverse social experiment gone horribly wrong.

Before getting to the film specifically, much has been made in regards to this film and a series of psychological tests dating back to the 1960s which have been collectively labeled The Milgram Experiment. These experiments involved test subjects who believed that they were either the subjects of a series of tests OR those in authority conducting this series of tests. The Milgram Experiment was also briefly cinematically explored back in the early 1980's in the film Ghostbusters in which the pretty blonde and the guy were guessing flashcards with symbols on their backsides. A wrong answer garnered a shock (poor guy). The Milgram Experiments were taken much further than this and caused many of the tested-upon subjects to appear to be near death after receiving numerous electrical shocks – the actual subject of the test were those placed in authority: how far would they be willing to go if they were supposedly cleared of all wrong-doing? Would people willingly allow their subjects to die?! Compliance doesn't deal with electrical shocks … but shock you it does! The set-up is simple. A frazzled fast-food manager working on a busy evening with a short shift of workers (and short on supplies like bacon), gets a phone call from a police officer asking about the young, blonde cashier on the front line of the restaurant who has apparently been accused of taking money out of a customer's purse. As the officer is also busy, he is hoping the manager can assist him in asking the young employee (Becky – Dreama Walker of TV's "Gossip Girl") some questions. Calling her into the office, Becky, is confused and bewildered by the accusations; but as the manager Sandra (Ann Dowd – Garden State, Marley & Me, Bachelorette) HAS a police officer on the phone she does not want to appear to believe her own employee over the cop. What follows … is beyond words.

Becky is subjected to a series of humiliations at the hands of Sandra at the behest of Officer Daniels. When Sandra is called away to assist with a series of events in the restaurant, another employee is brought in to watch over a by-now-nude Becky. Handed the phone to talk to Officer Daniels and take his instructions, EACH employee reacts differently … some surprisingly and some not-so-surprisingly. The entire point of the film, I believe, is to shock but to also make each of us viewing this aware of WHO we would be. It is simple to say "I'd NEVER do that!" but is that too quick of a reaction. Sandra believes she is doing right because she is talking to a cop (it is NOT a spoiler to say she is NOT … this plays out at the very beginning of the film); but does human decency ever register? I've read several attacks on the intelligence of these characters – "well, they ARE in the food service industry"; but that is an insult to mankind. Compliance asks a valid question … and that incidents like this were duplicated (well … nearly 70 times!) says something else. EACH person in this film is the subject of a cruel experiment … all believing that they are COMPLYING with authority. Of course as astute viewer can see the holes – they are supposed to be there – but if there weren't any logical gaps this film wouldn't be as outrageous.

I believe this film fully succeeds in its goal. Watch and react.

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