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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 & 34 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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Power. Manipulation. Obedience. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 2012 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Obediência See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$270,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,427, 19 August 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$318,622, 28 October 2012
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In an episode of Law and Order:SVU, Robin Williams portrayed a man who also called a fast food manager and had him strip search and interrogate a female employee pretending to be an Officer Milgram. Later on in the episode he performed the experiment on main characters Elliot Stabler (Chris Meloni) and Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay). In addition Dreama Walker, who stars in this movie, was in a 16th season episode of Law and Order:SVU called "Forgiving Rollins". See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Supplier: You're fucked without bacon, I tell you that!
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Featured in The 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards (2013) See more »

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Just Walk Away
Performed by Gar Richmond
Written by Gar Richmond
Published by Pubadminourstage (BMI)
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It should leave you feeling sad and disgusted!
11 September 2012 | by HellmantSee all my reviews

'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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