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On an average day at your local Ohio Chickwich, the harried manager (Ann Dowd) receives an officious phone call from someone claiming to be a police officer. He identifies a young employee (Dreama Walker) as a thief saying that a woman customer has reported her taking money from her purse earlier in the day. Claiming he has already spoken to Dowd's District Manager, he asks for her cooperation in expediting the investigation while his team is detained. What follows, playing out in basically 90 minutes of real time, is a psychological manipulation that will have long reaching repercussions.Read more ›
'Compliance' is based on a bizarre, real-life crime that occurred at a McDonald's restaurant in a small town in Kentucky. The criminal who committed this crime also committed approximately 70 other similar crimes over a span of ten years; although the crime at the Kentucky McDonald's was the worst.
The odd thing about the crime is that it was committed with the perpetrator on the phone in the State of Florida. SUPER SPOILERS AHEAD. All the events in the film are basically what happened during the real life event; except instead of a McDonald's, the establishment in the film is a fried chicken restaurant.
The perp pretended to be a police officer and convinced the manager of the restaurant, that a young, teenage employee of hers had stolen money from a customer earlier in the day. He tells the manager, Sandra, that his colleagues are busy and she needs to take the employee in the back room, where she is instructed to strip search her.
Any normal person with the slightest bit of common sense would have realized that this was some kind of scam or a pervert getting his rocks off from the get go, but Sandra is one of those people who never thinks of questioning authority, and follows everyone of the perpetrator's directives. Becky, the young employee, who now finds herself virtually naked, is covered only by an apron. The caller manipulates Becky as well, claiming that her brother could face charges, as he is also the subject of a police investigation.
Things become even more cringeworthy (and I guarantee that you'll be squirming in your seat), when the perverted caller convinces Sandra to call her fiancé to the restaurant, in order to watch the hapless Becky.Read more ›
If you are going to watch this film you should be prepared to be frustrated and angry with the people who willingly went along with this malicious prank - and in the process, became worse than the perpetrator himself. I've heard of people drinking lemon detergent or drying their kittens in the microwave but this is a documented incident of truly incredible human stupidity and there were others like it in several states.
The film is subtly photographed in a style that helps set the tone of the story. The director keeps the viewer in squeamish suspense wondering "How far will this go?" and "Where is the voice of reason?"(thank god an actual voice of reason does eventually arrive)....The truly hard questions come AFTER the film, when you will ask "How could my fellow human beings be so stupid and cold hearted?" or worse, "Is ANYONE capable of such willing moral blindness?"
This was a simple and provocative piece - well acted, directed, and produced. The main character is a bit under- responsive for her circumstances - which tends to make you mad at her too.
In the end - the film, as well as the actual crime, reveals a depressing truth about people in our society.
A tough pill to swallow.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
... The movie is good...it sticks to the true facts as this really did happen. Its just hard to believe so many people went along with such "orders" blindly over the phone. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Frani W.
Really good movie and that it'd based on true events worth gettingPublished 1 month ago by christina meadows
Extremely difficult to watch. Expecially considering it a true story. It's hard to believe that people can be so gullible and stupid. Read morePublished 1 month ago by john
It insulted my intelligence...
Why would you make a film about the stupidest people alive following the orders of a prankster over the phone...
Manager of that fast food restaurant, well...am glad the young teenage young Man had MORE snap along with the second older male that came in at the last of this true story to know... Read morePublished 2 months ago by SherylMT
Hyped as a disturbing true story. I could have just watched a 20/20 episode about the real story and been as interested.Published 3 months ago by Katherine
Suspenseful and though it seems unbelievable, it is even more interesting that this is a true story!!Published 5 months ago by E. S.
Hard to believe even if its supposed to be a true story...and that makes it a bit more frightening.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer