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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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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) (19 July 2015)

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$643,557 (USA) (20 September 2015)
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In the real life experiment the group was intentionally selected to exclude those with criminal backgrounds, psychological impairments, or medical problems. They all agreed to participate in a 7 to 14-day period and received $20 per day compared to the $15 a day given to them in the movie. See more »

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A guard incorrectly attributes the now instantly recognizable walk of the Frankenstein Monster to his first appearance in the 1931 film Frankenstein. The Monster didn't walk with his arms outstretched in front of him until Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man over a decade later. This is a common mistake. See more »

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Daniel Culp: You have no right to fuck with my head!
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References Romper Room and Friends (1953) 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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