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The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015)

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Twenty-four male students out of seventy-five were selected to take on randomly assigned roles of prisoners and guards in a mock prison situated in the basement of the Stanford psychology building.

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Cast

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Dr. Philip Zimbardo
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Christopher Archer
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Anthony Carroll
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Karl Vandy
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Paul Vogel
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John Lovett
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Gavin Lee / 3401
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Prisoner 416
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Daniel Culp / 8612
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Jerry Sherman / 5486
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Peter Mitchell / 819
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Jeff Jansen / 1037
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Mike Penny
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Jesse Fletcher
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Twenty-four male students out of seventy-five were selected to take on randomly assigned roles of prisoners and guards in a mock prison situated in the basement of the Stanford psychology building.

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They were given 2 weeks. It lasted 6 days.


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Rated R for language including abusive behavior and some sexual references | See all certifications »

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17 July 2015 (USA)  »

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Untitled Stanford Prison Experiment Project  »

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$37,514 (USA) (17 July 2015)

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$643,557 (USA) (18 September 2015)
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In certain scenes the prisoners and guards are situated in front of a wooden door. the door is subtlety marked with a large "Z" for Zimbardo. See more »

Goofs

When the principal investigator of the experiment speaks with his colleague, the colleague says that he will see him at the beginning of the semester. Stanford does not have semesters; rather, it has a quarter academic calendar. See more »

Quotes

Daniel Culp: I know you're a nice guy.
Christopher Archer: So why do you hate me?
Daniel Culp: Because I know what you can become.
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References Cool Hand Luke (1967) See more »

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Extraordinary look at Power and the Human Psyche
11 October 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film blew me away. I first saw it at the IFC Center in New York with an average expectation. The sound editing is the first thing you notice. It's crisp, clean, and wields its own power that is advantageous to the narrative.

The narrative centers around the experiment that takes place at the Stanford University in the 70's. It follows the students who participate and how their lives immediately change for the worst. Now the film feels and looks like the era with great costumes and set work. Everything from the computers to the coffee mugs immerses you ever so deeper into the emotional toil that intensifies with each scene.

A smart move I would like to mention from the casting directors is the fact they used actors from children's films and popular TV shows then start beating them up and messing with their characters' minds. For any millennial, they would instantly recognize the actors which gives the millennial a sense of familiarity with the characters, and at that sense feel more towards the behavior and mistreatment of those children actor's character.

Overall, I was pleased with the film as it's theme and historical significance played in my mind throughout the whole day.


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