Release date:August 17, 2012
(NY; expansion: August 24)

Studio:Magnolia Pictures

Director:Craig Zobel

MPAA Rating:R (for language and sexual content/nudity)


Starring:Ann Dowd, Dreama Walker, Pat Healy, Bill Camp, Ashlie Atkinson, Philip Ettinger

Genre:Drama, Thriller

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Plot Summary:

Inspired by a chilling true story, "Compliance" explores just how far one might go to obey a figure of authority. On a particularly busy day at the local ChickWich, the fast food joint's high-strung manager Sandra (Ann Dowd, "Garden State") receives a phone call from a police officer saying her employee Becky (Dreama Walker, "Don’t Trust the B____ in Apt. 23") 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. The second feature from Craig Zobel (director of the 2007 Sundance hit "The Great World of Sound"), "Compliance" recounts this riveting nightmare in which the line between legality and reason is hauntingly blurred. The cast delivers startlingly authentic performances that make the events unfolding on screen impossible to turn away from. Delving into the complex psychology of the story that inspired the film, "Compliance" proves that sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction.

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