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The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015)

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In 1971, twenty-four male students are selected to take on randomly assigned roles of prisoners and guards in a mock prison situated in the basement of the Stanford psychology building.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. Philip Zimbardo
... Christopher Archer
... Anthony Carroll
... Karl Vandy
... Paul Vogel
... John Lovett
... Gavin Lee / 3401
... Prisoner 416
... Daniel Culp / 8612
... Jerry Sherman / 5486
... Peter Mitchell / 819
... Jeff Jansen / 1037
... Mike Penny
... Jesse Fletcher
... Dr. Christina Maslach
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In 1971, twenty-four male students are selected to take on randomly assigned roles of prisoners and guards in a mock prison situated in the basement of the Stanford psychology building.

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They were given 2 weeks. It lasted 6 days.


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Rated R for language including abusive behavior and some sexual references | See all certifications »

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17 July 2015 (USA)  »

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Untitled Stanford Prison Experiment Project  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$37,514, 19 July 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$643,557, 20 September 2015
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Acting pairs, Michael Angarano and Nicholas Braun, Ezra Miller and Johnny Simmons, Ki Hong Lee and Chris Sheffield, and Keir Gilchrist and Thomas Mann, have all been in a movie together prior to The Stanford Prison Experiment. Respectively, those movies are Sky High (2005) (and Red State (2011)), The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012), The Maze Runner (2014), and It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010). See more »

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When a guard asks the prisoners to shout "Prisoner 819 did a bad thing" 20 times, they actually shout it 24 times. See more »

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Karl Vandy: It's easy for you to say, 'Oh, I wouldn't have acted that way, but you don't know. That's - that's the truth. You don't know. And now, I know what I'm capable of, and it hurts.
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References Frankenstein (1931) See more »

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Prison...Indeed
2 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

Okay - lets be honest here. Its not extremely difficult to make a film portraying a psychological experiment that was well documented and captured on film.

This film as more of a reenactment - just so you are aware.

Ezra Miller continues to shine as a prison subject in this movie. With the upcoming Justice League Films, and Miller portraying The Flash, its nice to see his work outside that to get more comfortable with his upcoming performance.

So - as the film title states, this a recalling of a social experiment gone a little too far, and had to be stopped early for reason I will not spoil.

The true nature of human empowerment is truly devastating to witness.

If you have time, see this tense thriller. It will however, raise as many questions as it answers.

A great thinking movie. Please don't forget to check out the source material on this study during, or after the movie.

Very interesting, very disturbing, and very enlightening.


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