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The Experiment (2010)

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26 men are chosen to participate in the roles of guards and prisoners in a psychological study that ultimately spirals out of control.


Paul Scheuring (as Paul T. Scheuring)


Paul Scheuring (screenplay) (as Paul T. Scheuring), Mario Giordano (novel) | 4 more credits »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Adrien Brody ... Travis
Forest Whitaker ... Barris
Cam Gigandet ... Chase
Clifton Collins Jr. ... Nix
Ethan Cohn ... Benjy
Fisher Stevens ... Archaleta
Travis Fimmel ... Helweg
David Banner ... Bosch (as Lavell 'David Banner' Crump)
Jason Lew ... Oscar
Damien Leake ... Govenor
Maggie Grace ... Bay
Rod Maiorano Rod Maiorano ... Rex
Rachel O'Meara ... Female Administrator
Jeanne Hopson Jeanne Hopson ... Gertrude
Jack Mishler Jack Mishler ... Henry (as Jack W. Mishler)


26 men are chosen to participate in the roles of guards and prisoners in a psychological study that ultimately spirals out of control.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong disturbing violence including a rape, language, some sexual content and nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 August 2010 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Eksperiment See more »

Filming Locations:

Alleman, Iowa, USA See more »


Box Office


$21,800,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


While this film is based on actual experimentation performed by psychologists on college students. Some of the experiment's findings have been called into question. The experiment has been criticized for unscientific methodology, possible fraud bordering on a hoax. Results are believed to have been forced and manipulated to fit the researchers motives. See more »


After the toilet scene is over, the guards leave the stall but the door, which is clearly visible, is never opened. See more »


[first lines]
Travis: [playing shuffleboard] You suck, don't you?
Gertrude: You suck.
Travis: Yeah, I suck so bad I just skunked you. Which means, you gotta eat your pills.
Gertrude: You're supposed to be nice to me.
Travis: I am nice to you. It's not my fault you got no game.
Gertrude: You suck, Travis.
Travis: I know.
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Version of The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015) See more »


Written by Michael James Bryant and Jonathan Howard Fugler
Performed by Fluke
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Remakes of remakes of remakes of rem.....
2 October 2010 | by enkid2See all my reviews

This looks like a shot for shot remake of the original film that came out of Germany in 2001. The original had tension and great dialogue but no American star so ''of course like, we had to redo it! ''

I just hate it when movie companies shell out the exact same story that we've already seen. Why? Cause now we got Adrien Brody and Forest Whitaker? Come on...

a) Infernal Affairs (2002) = The Departed (2006) b) Ringu (1998) = The Ring(2002) c) Funny Games U.K (1997) = Funny Games U.S (2007) d) Das Experiment (2001) = The Experiment (2010)

Are you starting to get the picture? e) Let the right one in (2008) ( excellent movie that shouldn't have been altered ) = Let me in (2010). That's 2 years. Yes. Two years.

They don't even wait ten years nowadays, they can't wait to shove the same thing down your throat. Don't encourage them. Please.

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