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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

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George Bellak
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Credited cast:
William Shatner ... Prof. Stephen Turner
Lynn Carlin ... Barbara
Ossie Davis ... Reed
Stephen Macht ... Dahlquist
Lindsay Crouse ... Karen
Mike Kellin ... Mancuso
Viveca Lindfors ... Mrs. Schnagel
Estelle Parsons ... Crossland
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gregory Abels Gregory Abels
Robert Burr Robert Burr
Gary Cookson Gary Cookson
Damon Evans
W.T. Martin W.T. Martin
Jeff Pomerantz ... (as Jeffrey Pomerantz)
Billie Lou Watt Billie Lou Watt
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 August 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die zehnte Stufe See more »

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CBS See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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mentioned in the movie ""Experimenter"" in 2015 and shows an insight of the film and the Agentic State. that can be understood by reading Stanley Milgram's book ""Obedience to Authority"" See more »

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Referenced in Experimenter (2015) See more »

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Very interesting
23 October 2016 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

Of course this movie is astounding if you watch it closely. And I could not prevent myself to think of Henri Verneuil's I COMME ICARE sequence which has so much in common with this film subject. This TV feature focuses only on the experiment and its whereabouts, and of course Bill Shatner's character, who is terrific as an obsessed professor so involved in his task, his life purpose. The Verneuil's film only spoke about it, but it was mainly about many things else, political matters, more complex actually. I would say not more ambitious, because this one is, but yes more vast and complex. It may have been shot in video technicals and it has never been shown, aired in France, too complex for home audiences, housewives... So shame.


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