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The Experiment (2010)

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26 men are chosen to participate in the roles of guards and prisoners in a psychological study that ultimately spirals out of control.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Barris
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Nix
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Benjy
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Archaleta
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Helweg
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Bosch (as Lavell 'David Banner' Crump)
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Oscar
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Govenor
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Bay
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Rex
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Female Administrator
Jeanne Hopson ...
Gertrude
Jack Mishler ...
Henry (as Jack W. Mishler)
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26 men are chosen to participate in the roles of guards and prisoners in a psychological study that ultimately spirals out of control.

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Rated R for strong disturbing violence including a rape, language, some sexual content and nudity | See all certifications »

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12 August 2010 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

Eksperiment  »

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$21,800,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The bracelet in the left hand of Travis says "Abhay" in Hindi which means "The Fearless". See more »

Goofs

In the scene near the end, where Travis is beating up Barris, Travis had recently grabbed the blade of the knife when Barris tried to stab him. His hand was shown to be very bloody. However, when the red light and the alarm went on and Travis raised his hands to his head, his hand was completely clean and unharmed. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Travis: [playing shuffleboard] You suck, don't you?
Gertrude: You suck.
Travis: Yeah, I suck so bad I just skunked you. Which means, you gotta eat your pills.
Gertrude: You're supposed to be nice to me.
Travis: I am nice to you. It's not my fault you got no game.
Gertrude: You suck, Travis.
Travis: I know.
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References Full Metal Jacket (1987) See more »

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You're the Only One For Me
Written by Alan Ett and William Ashford
Performed by The Music Collective
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harsh and confronting
4 October 2011 | by (Amsterdam) – See all my reviews

if you're looking for a story that shows the goodness of mankind, or a tale of subtle changes in personality, move on, cause this isn't that... the premise and result of this film are simple and two fold...

if you like violence, it gives you all you can have, both psychological and physical.

As I said, the premise and result are twofold: the first is that of showing all sorts of violence in as raw a manner as possible, without being vulgar. It does this most successfully. the second premise is showing one simple thing: we can and will all be broken under the right pressure. this is shown by the character played by Brody, not a violent bone in his body, yet before the end of the film, this all changes....

Overall it is a very impressive production, considering the basic concept of the story. The acting work is convincing, the set design eerie. And the photography superbly effective.

In the end you may not feel sympathy for any specific character, though I certainly did, but if you don't come away knowing that we are all just animals, I would suggest that you take the advise Brody gives his main counterpart in the film...


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