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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.

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Craig Zobel

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Craig Zobel
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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 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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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

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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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

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

Quotes

Becky: I didn't do anything.
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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Compliance (2018) See more »

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The Unlucky Ones
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Written by John Russell, Jarrod Gollihare, Brad Becker, and Mark Carr
Published by MonkeyPuzzleTree Music Publishing LLC (ASCAP) and Mojoland/Universal Music Corporation (ASCAP)
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Research made me re-evaluate this film.
9 February 2013 | by Matt_LaydenSee all my reviews

After receiving a phone call claiming that one of her employees has stolen money from a customer, manager Sandra takes Becky into the back room, interrogates her, strip searches her and humiliates her, all because the voice on the other end of the phone claims to be a police officer.

This film had the same affect on me as the film Blindness did. Anger. I hated the characters, I hated what they were doing and I was yelling at the screen in disbelief. After the film was over, I had to search the incident and see just how much of this ridiculous tale was true. I was sure that once the girl was doing jumping jacks that the filmmakers took some creative liberties....boy was I wrong.

The film, until the end, is truthful to the events that played out in real life. I can't fault the film for portraying what literally happened, no matter how inane the people and the requests were. I sat there thinking there is no way in hell that these people are that stupid that they wouldn't question the voice on the other end of the phone. I think the choice on the filmmakers part that really put me over the edge was having the so called police officer, talk down to them, calling them stupid and to shut up. How, at that point in time does nothing click for you is beyond me.

Despite the film being small, confined and focused on one main topic, I felt glued to the screen with the stupidity of the characters and wondering how far will this guy take it. I felt sorry for Sandra, played very well by Ann Dowd, until she started back talking Becky. At that point my sadness for her stopped and my anger rose. Sure she was stupid for starting it, but you could tell she didn't want to. After she brought her husband into the picture, that went out the window.

Competently directed, nothing visual that really stands out, the camera served the story. A young girl being mistreated in a small room. The acting, for the most part felt natural to me. The small things that the actors do reflect real life, awkward laughter at an odd request was something I caught from the husband.

If a film gets me searching on the internet for more information, then bravo. If a film's goal was to infuriate me, mission accomplished. Compliance is a film that shows how stupid and gullible people can be. Stand up for yourself, use common sense and question authority.


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