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Compliance (2012)

Drama, Crime, Thriller 1h 30m 2012

Directed by Craig Zobel (THE HUNT) and inspired by true events, COMPLIANCE tells the chilling story of just how far one might go to obey a figure of authority. On a particularly busy day at a suburban Ohio fast food joint, high-strung manager Sandra (Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Leftovers) receives a phone call from a police officer saying that an employee, a pretty young blonde named Becky (Dreama Walker, GRAN TORINO), has stolen money from a customer. Convinced she’s only doing what’s right, Sandra commences the investigation, following step-by-step instructions from the officer at the other end of the line, no matter how invasive they become.

“In taut, gripping and deeply disturbing fashion, writer-director Craig Zobel measures the depths to which rational individuals will sink to obey a self-anointed authority figure… this stealth psychological horror film is at once tough to turn away from and, by design, extremely difficult to watch as it grimly assesses the human capacity for sheeplike naïveté under duress.” –Justin Chang, Variety

“This is dark, edgy material… Yet with careful handling and the filmmakers’ passionate support, COMPLIANCE is eerily attuned to current cultural issues.” –Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter


Craig Zobel


Craig Zobel




United States


Magnolia Pictures

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