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Experimenter (2015)

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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 Haggerty Kyla Haggerty ... Party Hostess
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.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

16 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Stanley Milgram Story See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,682, 16 October 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$155,075, 13 December 2015
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Palladino would later go on to join the cast of "Orange is the New Black" alongside veteran of the series Taryn Manning. See more »


Stanley Milgram in the film states the origin of his last name is Hebrew for pomegranate. "Milgram," however, derives from the Yiddish word for pomegranate, not Hebrew. See more »


Stanley Milgram: There was a time, I suspect, when men and women could give a fully human response to any situation. When we could be fully absorbed in the world as human beings. But more often, now, people don't get to see the whole situation but only some small part of it. There's a division of labor, and people carry out small, narrow, specialized jobs, and we can't act without some kind of direction from on high. I call this "the agentic state". The individual yields to authority, and in doing so becomes ...
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A cast credit: "Elephant in the Room: Minnie" See more »


References Star Trek (1966) 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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Not only boring, but also full of controversial stories
22 November 2015 | by idsocolSee all my reviews

The action of the movie is as slow as a turtle. It also has the ambition to be a factual movie, but it introduces controversial stories. The one about the girl hanged in a hook in a slaughter house has an unreliable source, while the events described were in fact a short fascist rebellion defeated by the Romanian army. Actually Romania was maybe the only Axis country refusing to allow deportation of Jews to German extermination camps, so the connection to the obedience experiment is rather inappropriate. I remained with the general impression of a movie full of clichés, but trying desperately to look original.

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