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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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Riveting, even 30 years later
15 March 2007 | by deathmatch1See all my reviews

I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of The Tenth Level recently. I've watched it three times since then and it continues to chill my blood each time. Others I have shared this gem with have felt the same way. This is a story that works on many deep psychological levels, and sends a clear message which manages to transcend both time and the dated production values. This is truly a case where effective story-telling conquers all, and causes the viewer to forget they are watching something made on a shoestring budget 30 years ago. The story is cleverly woven in such a way that the viewer is compelled to put themselves in the place of the test subjects and left to wonder what choices they themselves would make. The real life statistics which are finally presented are absolutely frightening. If you ever have a chance to see this chilling glimpse into the human psyche, you MUST take advantage! You won't regret it.


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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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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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