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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.


Craig Zobel


Craig Zobel
7 wins & 34 nominations. See more awards »





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)


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)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


It should never have gone this far. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

26 September 2012 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Obediência See more »


Box Office


$270,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,427, 19 August 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$318,622, 28 October 2012
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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


Officer Daniels: Great. You're really helping us out here, Sandra. I was just telling Robert how lucky we all are you're there. You're almost like a real cop.
Sandra: Ha! Well, I'm just trying to do my job.
Officer Daniels: Well, you're doing perfect.
Sandra: Thank you.
Officer Daniels: Okay, so I'm gonna need you have her strip down now. Look through everything.
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Lord I Pray You Don't Turn Me Away
Performed by Konshens
Written by Tank Yusef Davis
Published by Pubadminourstage (BMI)
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An Ugly Subject
15 January 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Compliance (2012)

*** (out of 4)

Based on a true story about a fast food manager (Ann Dowd) who receives a phone call from a police officer saying that one of the employees (Dreama Walker) has stolen some money from a customer. The officer then tells the manager to take the girl into her office, strip search her and then hold her there until the police can come get her. COMPLIANCE is a film that has made many people angry and the reports of walk-outs were rather shocking to see because you have to wonder why people would buy a ticket for a film like this and then get upset. I had the misfortune of living in Mount Washington, KY for a few years and this is where the original incident took place. It was at a McDonald's that I've eaten at and I even knew of the people involved in the case. Considering the "type" of town this place was it never really shocked me that something like this could happen but apparently it has happened all over the country. Yes, the subject matter is ugly and yes it's incredible that anyone could be so stupid to allow this to happen but it's all based on fact that people can check out. This film is a pretty ugly but I say that in a good way because with a subject like this there's really no way to paint it as something good so I admire the writer-director for just going strongly at the subject. Both Dowd and Walker turn in excellent performances as does the rest of the supporting cast. Again, the subject matter is just so crazy that it has to be true or else you'd start screaming at your television over the characters doing such stupid things. I still have a lot of questions over the actual case and especially consider the character of some involved. Having followed the case there were some major things that I felt were left out but this has little to do with this film. As a film I think it's very effective and ugly just as it should be. One could debate for years about what actually happened and what one would do if they were ever in a similar circumstance.

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