In 1961, famed social psychologist Stanley Milgram conducted a series of radical behavior experiments that tested ordinary humans' willingness to obey authority.

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Michael Almereyda
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Palladino ... John Williams
Anthony Edwards ... Miller
Jim Gaffigan ... James McDonough
Peter Sarsgaard ... Stanley Milgram
Harley Ware Harley Ware ... Alan Elms
Winona Ryder ... Alexandra 'Sasha' Milgram
Jason Black Jason Black ... Sasha's Suitor
Kyla Noelle ... Party Hostess (as Kyla Haggerty)
Danny A. Abeckaser ... Braverman
John Leguizamo ... Taylor
Donnie Keshawarz ... Bruno
Minnie Minnie ... Elephant in the Room
Tom Farrell ... Whittaker
Anton Yelchin ... Rensaleer
Taryn Manning ... Mrs. Lowe
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Experimenter is based on the true story of famed social psychologist Stanley Milgram, who in 1961 conducted a series of radical behavior experiments that tested ordinary humans' willingness to obey by using electric shock. We follow Milgram, from meeting his wife Sasha through his controversial experiments that sparked public outcry. Written by ir

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Illusion sets the stage. Deception reveals the truth.


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Rated PG-13 for thematic material and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Reunites Peter Sarsgaard with John Leguizamo after Empire (2002). See more »

Goofs

Stanley Milgram in the film states the origin of his last name is Hebrew for pomegranate. "Milgram," however, derives from the Yiddish word for pomegranate, not Hebrew. See more »

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Stanley Milgram: I don't get along with all my students. The "flash in the pan?" How many people can manage even that flash? I've done some psych experiments, but in my mind I'm still about to write my great Broadway musical.
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A cast credit: "Elephant in the Room: Minnie" See more »

Connections

References Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Some Enchanted Evening
Written by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II
Vocals Performed by Deva Mahal
Piano Performed by Joseph Martin
Engineered by James Yost at Terminus Recording Studios
Produced by Bryan Senti
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Surprisingly Accurate and Creative Retelling of the Most Important Experiment Ever Done
26 October 2015 | by idontdodrugsSee all my reviews

This movie is about Stanley Milgram, arguably one of the most important social psychologists in our field, and specifically about one of his most important experiment - his obedience to authority experiment.

The movie depicts to my knowledge accurately the setup, conduction, and results of the experiment and goes further, crafting an interesting and weighted portrayal of the man that Stanley Milgram was. The acting is low key, Peter Sarsgaard especially delivers a down to earth performance which shows that he rigorously prepared for the role. All supporting characters (e.g. Winona Ryder, Anton Yelchin) do a good job and no one distracts from the key issues raised by the experiment.

Cinematography is good, although nothing special. Occasionally there are creative moments in direction. When the 4rth wall is broken by Sarsgaard and he speaks directly to the audience, weird things happen in the background, making these moments very endearing and interesting.

There are no thrills or action in this movie, as well as no conventional drama. It is kind of a biopic with a twist, although I would say the biographic aspect is downplayed by the focus on this specific experiment. Many scientific issues are addressed on a side note (e.g. the ethical code of doing experiments, which triggered the proliferation of ethical committees for scientific research).

I would recommend this movie to people who are interested in science, more specifically in psychology (but not exclusively), that do not need action, drama, or thrills and enjoy a well researched and crafted movie with good acting.


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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 2015 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$8,682, 18 October 2015

Gross USA:

$155,575

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$224,145
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