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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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Tim Talbott, Philip Zimbardo (based on the book "The Lucifer Effect")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Crudup ... Dr. Philip Zimbardo
Michael Angarano ... Christopher Archer
Moises Arias ... Anthony Carroll
Nicholas Braun ... Karl Vandy
Gaius Charles ... Paul Vogel
Keir Gilchrist ... John Lovett
Ki Hong Lee ... Gavin Lee / 3401
Thomas Mann ... Prisoner 416
Ezra Miller ... Daniel Culp / 8612
Logan Miller ... Jerry Sherman / 5486
Tye Sheridan ... Peter Mitchell / 819
Johnny Simmons ... Jeff Jansen / 1037
James Wolk ... Mike Penny
Nelsan Ellis ... Jesse Fletcher
Olivia Thirlby ... 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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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Stanford Prison Experiment Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,514, 19 July 2015

Gross USA:

$660,561

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$663,114
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Tye Sheridan and Logan Miller also star together in Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015). See more »

Goofs

When the principal investigator of the experiment speaks with his colleague, the colleague says that he will see him at the beginning of the semester. Stanford does not have semesters; rather, it has a quarter academic calendar. See more »

Quotes

Jesse Fletcher: You brought me here to legitimize this experiment, and there's nothing legitimate about this place, Phil.
Dr. Philip Zimbardo: You're right. You're right. I didn't explain it well. Prisons they represent a loss of freedom literally and symbolically.
Jesse Fletcher: Yeah, but that does not explain why they're wearing dresses. They're wearing dresses, Phil.
Dr. Philip Zimbardo: Yes, I understand. Uh, we're trying to strip away their individuality. Make them uniform. Feminize them.
Jesse Fletcher: Feminize them?
Dr. Philip Zimbardo: Yes. Feminize them. Take away all the things that make ...
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Good, but watch Das Experiment instead
24 November 2015 | by palavitsinisSee all my reviews

The plot is based on a true story, blah blah blah. It's a good one as well! Not the amazing ingenious movie and certainly not the thriller that "Das Experiment" was... If you can find it at your local video store, go and get it and watch this instead!

Don't get me wrong, the movie is a nice attempt, really interesting and raising all kinds of moral questions and dilemmas. The actors were true and professional all the way and overall, this is more than a movie for a pleasant afternoon...

The science behind the experiment was kind of crappy, but I guess back then, psychologists were a bit on the rough side and not too cautious with experimental parameters, etc.

Anyways, if you want the thrill and the tense, "Das Experiment" is what you should be looking for. This movie was unparalleled. Better yet, watch this one first and then "Das Experiment"...


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