In 1961, famed social psychologist Stanley Milgram conducted a series of radical behavior experiments that tested ordinary humans' willingness to obey authority.


Michael Almereyda
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Palladino ... John Williams
Anthony Edwards ... Miller
Jim Gaffigan ... James McDonough
Peter Sarsgaard ... Stanley Milgram
Harley Ware Harley Ware ... Alan Elms
Winona Ryder ... Alexandra 'Sasha' Milgram
Jason Black Jason Black ... Sasha's Suitor
Kyla Noelle ... Party Hostess (as Kyla Haggerty)
Danny A. Abeckaser ... Braverman
John Leguizamo ... Taylor
Donnie Keshawarz ... Bruno
Minnie Minnie ... Elephant in the Room
Tom Farrell ... Whittaker
Anton Yelchin ... Rensaleer
Taryn Manning ... Mrs. Lowe


Experimenter is based on the true story of famed social psychologist Stanley Milgram, who in 1961 conducted a series of radical behavior experiments that tested ordinary humans' willingness to obey by using electric shock. We follow Milgram, from meeting his wife Sasha through his controversial experiments that sparked public outcry. Written by ir

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Illusion sets the stage. Deception reveals the truth.

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Second film to feature John Leguizamo and Edoardo Ballerini, the first being The Pest in (1997). See more »


In scenes set in 1961-1963, Stanley Milgram owns a 1966 Plymouth Belvedere. See more »


Donna Abbott: How do you justify the deception?
Stanley Milgram: I like to think of it as illusion, not deception. Semantics, you may say, but illusion, you know, has a revelatory function, as in a play. Illusion can set the stage for revelation, to reveal certain difficult-to-get-at truths.
Donna Abbott: But still, when you go to see a play, you pay for a ticket. You know you're seeing a play. These people didn't know it wasn't real. You tricked them.
Stanley Milgram: "Hello, today we'll be doing an experiment about blind obedience to malevolent authority. ...
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A cast credit: "Elephant in the Room: Minnie" See more »


References The Tenth Level (1976) See more »


Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 (Ode To Joy)
Performed & Arranged by Dennis Martin
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Very interesting story
31 May 2018 | by marielafleurySee all my reviews

While some people complain this movie is boring, I believe it is a really compelling story and includes very easy-to-understand explanations to Milgram's experiments (which I consider fascinating). It was not meant to be a super original or fast-paced movie, so I don't see how the "boring" adjective is fitting. Its aim was to describe what he had done and how it was interpreted and its impact on society. So yes, I recommend it for whoever is interested in his theories.

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Release Date:

16 October 2015 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$8,682, 18 October 2015

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1.78 : 1
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