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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.

Director:

Craig Zobel

Writer:

Craig Zobel
7 wins & 35 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Stephen Payne ... Harold
Bill Camp ... Van
Amelia Fowler ... Brie
John Merolla ... Customer
James McCaffrey ... Detective Neals
Desmin Borges ... Officer Morris
Matt Skibiak Matt Skibiak ... Robert Gilmour (as Matthew Skibiak)
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Storyline

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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It should never have gone this far. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Officer Daniels: [on phone] Let me talk to Becky.
Van: He wants to talk to you.
[hands over receiver]
Becky: Hello?
Officer Daniels: So, I want you to do me a favor. Look around at where you are. Where we are, is at your house, searching it for your brother's drugs.
Becky: My brother doesn't do drugs.
Officer Daniels: [taunting voice] Enough. Enough! Shut up! We have you with witnesses stealing from the restaurant. You're not cooperating, you're not helping us conduct our investigation. It's not good!
[silent for a while, unnerving her]
Officer Daniels: All right, it looks like we're gonna...
[...]
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Connections

Featured in The 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Leaving Today
Performed by Beann Peace
Written by Anthony J. Restifo
Published by Pubadminourstage (BMI)
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Thought-provoking and frustrating
18 March 2013 | by ehteditorSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 2012 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$270,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,427, 19 August 2012

Gross USA:

$319,285

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$592,116
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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