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

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$643,557 (USA) (18 September 2015)
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Ki Hong Lee and Chris Sheffield are both in The Maze Runner (2014). 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 »

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Dr. Philip Zimbardo: This experiment... is over.
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Version of The Experiment (2010) See more »

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Don't go in for a casual watch
17 September 2016 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

This was horrifying. Definitely not for everyone. Most horrifying thing is that this really happened. I don't even know where to start.

The movie is well made and told. It's really claustrophobic and it will get under your skin. How horrible humans can be. There's no violence here, but the verbal abuse and the way people are treated and at the same time being watched by people who could have stopped it, is what makes this story the more haunting.

The actors do a good job here. Those guards, man. This movie is gonna make you hate them and feel very sorry for the prisoners. It's all acting, but you really get a grudge against those guards. So, the movie did a good job on that. It gets you invested, but it at the end leaves a bad taste in your mouth. Nothing feel good about it. One thing it lacks is a main character. The first half is centered on Ezra Miller, but he disappears halfway through. I think it lost something when he was gone.

It's a though one to watch and I don't think I need to watch it again. No, once was good enough. Maybe it can do good and remind you of the cruelty of us humans, and help stop these things from happening. But, it's not an experience for everyone like I said and the cruelty is almost overboard at times and a little over the top. I think it was trying to chock people too much.

Horrifying, but well made and acted. It dwells too long on some of the most cruel moments and it's gonna make it hard to watch. So, don't go in for a casual watch. You gotta be prepared to watch it


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