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Compliance (2012)

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Compliance is a movie starring Ann Dowd, Dreama Walker, and Pat Healy. 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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7 wins & 34 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sandra
... Supplier
... Becky
... Officer Daniels
... Kevin
... Marti
... Connie
... Julio
Stephen Payne ... Harold
... Van
... Brie
... Customer
... Detective Neals
... Officer Morris
Matt Skibiak ... Robert Gilmour (as Matthew Skibiak)
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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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,427, 19 August 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$318,622, 28 October 2012
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2.35 : 1
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The phone conversations were done on an actual phone line built for the film. Pat Healy would be on the phone downstairs of the set as the other cast would be upstairs. The phone line broke down during filming and Healy was brought up to deliver his lines off-camera in front of the cast. 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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Officer Daniels: We really have two choices here.
Sandra: Okay, what do you need?
Officer Daniels: We need to find the money, but I want to make this as easy as possible for Becky, wouldn't you agree?
Sandra: Yes, I would.
Officer Daniels: So that's the first thing. And in this situation, either... and I don't like this... we drag her downtown, we book her, we process her, we put her in a holding cell, where she'll probably be all night.
Sandra: That seems very extreme.
Officer Daniels: Yeah, I mean, I think in order to keep this sort of contained, what we could do is just have you ...
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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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Unpleasant to watch but important
3 August 2012 | by See all my reviews

I saw this today at the Traverse City Film Festival. About 1/4 of the audience walked out before the film ended. I do not disagree that the movie is difficult to watch, but I think you can hardly review a movie where you walked out without seeing the entire film. This film makes an important and real point... that many of us will, when listening to what we assume to be an authority figure, do things which we know are wrong. It also has two characters who say in one way or another "No, I will not do this." Bravo for them and may each of us feel empowered to do the same, if not by our own ethical standards, then by viewing this movie and realizing how devastating the consequences can be.

One would like to be able to say "No one could be so stupid" but the fact that this type of event (involving, reportedly, even more degrading assaultive behavior than portrayed in this film) has happened repeatedly in this country (over 70, according to the closing credits) shows that wish to be untrue. I hope every young person will view this film and be brave enough to refuse any authority figure who makes demands on them which seem to go beyond the bounds of the law and good sense.

And don't ever talk to a law officer in detail without your attorney being present (and no, I am not a lawyer.)


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