By Craig Zobel

  • Genre: Craig Zobel
  • Release Date: 2012-08-17
  • Advisory Rating: R
  • Runtime: 1h 29min
  • Director: Craig Zobel
  • Production Company: Bad Cop / Bad Cop
  • iTunes Price: USD 9.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 3.99
From 370 Ratings


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) receives a phone call from a police officer saying that an employee, a pretty young blonde named Becky (Dreama Walker), 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.




  • A Well-Acted Atrocity?

    By Studly Field Mouse
    The acting was fine. Problem? This subject should not be dealt with in this way. I gave it one star because learning about how vulnerable some folks are to perceived authority should be demonstrated and discussed in a straight forward way (Milgram Experiment, etc) not a gratuitous way. This movie was not informative, it was sickening. If was the manager of a fast-food joint and got a phone call like the one in the movie, I would not take any orders from the voice on the other end of the line at all. Anyone in America that’s accused of a crime has the right to face their accuser.
  • Amazing

    By JLarrison
    This is one of the best independent films of the year - it is wild that the concept behind the story is true - but you should see it as you will be glued to the story from the start to the last seconds of the credits.
  • Are people really this ignorant?!?!

    By Miley84
    Watched the first hour of the movie and became so upset that I had to turn it off. How could something similar to this actually happen in real life. I just could not handle the movie or the thought of how mentally incompetent people have become.
  • Compliance

    The Cops are telling this Manager over the telephone that she has to strip search her employee.OVER THE TELEPHONE!,uh yeah right.I can`t believe I rented this movie based on the reviews!
  • Compliance

    By dinhr
    I wonder how many people would refuse to comply given the threat of arrest?
  • Horrible movie

    By Nes30
    This movie is based on the true events of a girl named Louise Ogborn who was made to strip in the back room of a McDonalds because a guy pretending to be a cop told Louise's boss to do it. I can not believe there was even a movie made about this and how stupid this girl was/is. The acting in this movie is abismal and it makes absolutely no sense why they never question anything. The movie lacks any kind of suspense or anything that makes a movie worth watching. The only good thing is seeing Dreama Walker topless and even thats not much of a thrill.
  • Outstanding Film, Frightening Story

    By Lou2413
    Compliance is unnerving for many reasons yet it's an outstanding film, nonetheless. It's easy for the viewer to sit and watch the events unfold and think, "Why in the hell are these people obeying a voice on the phone?" or "How could a person think these requests are standard protocol?" However, we're a society that has been "trained"—for lack of a better word—to instinctively follow orders from someone in an authoritative position; especially when a badge is involved. As kids, we're taught the police are our friends; they're the people we seek when we're in danger. The idea that the police will "save us" is drilled into our heads again and again as we grow up. In this film, you have a group of people in an extraordinary situation which has taken them out of their normal comfort zone. You add that to the inherent thought that the police are our friends and you have a recipe for potentially disastrous results. As I mentioned, it's easy to say "I would never do something like this," but you simply don't know how you'll react until you're in the throes of a situation such as this. Yes, this movie is very uncomfortable to watch. And yes, you want to scream at the TV and tell them to stop being so ignorant. But the sad fact is, situations like this happen all the time. Maybe not to this extreme, but the abuse of power is nothing new. Certainly, the majority of men and women who posses a badge do not exploit their rank and position. However, we have to remember that we do have the right to question things and speak up when our gut tell us something is wrong. This film is certainly not for everyone. To me, it's far scarier than any horror movie merely because it could really happen to someone. And it did happen to someone. Please don't discount this film because of the reviews that say it's stupid or not realistic. It's gritty and raw and will stay with you after you finish watching it. But maybe that's a good thing. Maybe you'll be more alert and cognizant of what's happening the next time you're in a situation that involves someone in an authoritative position such as a policeman. Maybe you won't immediately pull over on the side of a dark road because you see flashing lights behind you. Maybe you'll be more mindful and find a lighted parking lot or area to pull over just to be on the safe side.
  • Sick

    By WyzWon
    0 stars if I could. This movie is disgusting. Anyone who likes it is sadistic - Peace be with you.
  • Very Close to the Actual Story

    By dbain3175
    This movie chronicles an actual event that occurred at a McDonald's in Mt Washington, KY several years ago. I don't know why they used "inspired" but I assume it's for legal reasons as the people involved and events closely mirror how it actually occurred. The situation in KY was not the only instance, as depicted in the movie, the person who made the call was in another state and had performed the same hoax on various other fast food chains throughout the country. The film is very good at showing how people can use a position of authority to manipulate, that people feel some need to be obedient, even when it calls for them to do something that they know to be wrong. Fast food restaurants are full of young poorly training managers who are less likely to question and as this demonstrated, become willing participants. If you like this, a guy wrote a book titled "Obedience" a few years ago that uses a different setting but it was based on the events at this particular McDonald's restaurant.
  • glad i watched

    By wisco1
    ok first, its available on netflix instant if you have netflix, so you dont really have to worry about "wasting ur money" (crybabies really...). one of the reviewers on here said it very well -- it very likely was the toughest movie to sit through of 2012, or in a while in my experience, and it was unsparing in the details, but not tactless or vulgar. this movie is very powerful, and it is a true story -- this movie is more so a documentary of a specific instance in a string of many like it, and just not a movie based on real life. i was livid and became increasingly uncomfortable as the movie progressed, but i certainly do not regret watching it, not one bit. in all my years of watching gritty and very difficult crime dramas (SVU, criminal minds, wicked attraction, etc.) nothing has come so close as to make me so uncomfortable. it is beyond shocking that the ppl involved in these instances in real life did such things, and allowed such things to be done to them, not knowing their rights, but this is still a good movie. very well done, couldve been far more tactless and vulgar, but it wasnt. well done.