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The Tenth Level (1976)

Inspired by the Stanley Milgram obedience research, this TV movie chronicles a psychology professor's study to determine why people, such as the Nazis, were willing to "just follow orders" ... See full summary »

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Charles S. Dubin

Writer:

George Bellak
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Cast overview, first billed only:
William Shatner ... Prof. Stephen Turner
Lynn Carlin ... Barbara
Ossie Davis ... Ben Reed
Viveca Lindfors ... Mrs. Schnagel
Stephen Macht ... Dahlquist
Lindsay Crouse ... Karen
Roy Poole ... Dr. Goodman
Mike Kellin ... Mancuso
Richard McKenzie ... Mr. Dennison
Estelle Parsons ... Crossland
Fred J. Scollay ... Dr. McBride
Charles White ... Harry Vogel
Gregory Abels Gregory Abels ... Lab Technician
Robert Burr Robert Burr ... Mr. Hughes
Tom Quinn Tom Quinn ... Bully in Bar
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Inspired by the Stanley Milgram obedience research, this TV movie chronicles a psychology professor's study to determine why people, such as the Nazis, were willing to "just follow orders" and do horrible things to others. Professor Stephen Turner leads students to believe that they are applying increasingly painful electric shocks to other subjects when they fail to perform a task correctly, and is alarmed to see how much pain the students can be convinced to inflict "in the name of science." Written by Anonymous

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A world of evil so terrifying no one dares penetrate its secret. Until now!

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There's a rumor which says that [John Travolta] made an uncredited appearance in the movie. Actually, is unconfirmed if he appears in the movie, because in the different sites that you can read it, one says that he plays a College Student and other says that he plays a Lab Technician, and all of them always refer to different men which is impossible to affirm if they're Travolta or any other. See more »

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wonderful drama--too bad it's not on video
13 July 2005 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When reading my review, please consider my rating carefully. I saw it when I was a kid and it has not been on TV for many, many years AND it's not available on video. So, if I COULD see it again, maybe I would think less highly of it.

The reason I am rating it so high is that this film was very instrumental in influencing my career choices. As a psychology teacher, much of the time is spent discussing the moral implications of the famous Milgram Studies--on which this TV movie is based. It's too bad that such a moral dilemma is rarely discussed on television--TV too seldom is about moral decisions and choices.

If it every comes back on TV or video, get a copy FAST--it may be your only chance!

PS--NOTE that all the reviews as of 2/13/06 are VERY positive yet the movie has a score of only 5.0--this doesn't make sense. Please don't dismiss this film too quickly based on such a low score!

UPDATE (11/24/15)--The film IS currently available on YouTube. I haven't yet re-watched it but thought you might like to know.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 August 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die zehnte Stufe See more »

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1.33 : 1
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