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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.


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


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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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Did You Know?


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 »


When Dr. Zimbardo 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 »


Daniel Culp: Don't eat that shit.
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Version of The Experiment (2001) See more »

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2 December 2016 | by mattsteele-54636See 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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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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Opening Weekend USA:

$37,514, 19 July 2015

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2.35 : 1
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