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The Tenth Level (1976)

Inspired by Stanley Milgram's obedience research, psych professor Stephen Turner studies why people follow orders and hurt others. He is alarmed to see how much pain the students can be goaded to inflict in the name of science.


Charles S. Dubin


George Bellak




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


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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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 »


Referenced in Experimenter (2015) See more »

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Chilling, Disturbing, Mesmerizing
26 October 2005 | by Scott_MercerSee all my reviews

Like the other commenters, I saw this as a child. I would have been 9 years old, but I still remember the shocking realization of the fact that this experiment reveals (depressingly) that most people are willing throw all their beliefs out the window and submit unquestioningly to authority.

It's not easy to stand up to entrenched authority, with the only thing on your side the knowledge that righteousness is with you. What I took away from the film at such a young age was that peer pressure can be evil and should not be followed blindly; what's right is right, and that's that.

I remember Shatner going over the top as usual, but somehow his assay of the evil doctor worked very well. Before the final twist was revealed, I was quite shocked that such a film would be shown; the main character of the film is ostensibly evil and making innocent people suffer for no good reason and is a sadist. I believe this was shot on video in a television studio; in spite of that extra added element of unreality, this production still effected me greatly.

Highly recommended. If anyone reading this controls the rights to it, PLEASE RELEASE IT! You will sell many copies.

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26 August 1976 (USA) See more »

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Die zehnte Stufe See more »

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