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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Did You Know?


John Palladino would later go on to join the cast of Orange is the New Black (2013) alongside veteran of the series Taryn Manning. See more »


When Stanley Milgram talks to the man dressed as Abraham Lincoln, modern cars passing by can be seen in a window reflection. This scene is set in the 1970s. See more »


[repeated line]
James McDonough: I told you I have a heart condition.
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Crazy Credits

A cast credit: "Elephant in the Room: Minnie" See more »


References Star Trek: The Original Series (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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Playful, Artsy, Yet Super-Serious Study of a Controversial Academic Study
22 January 2016 | by LeonLouisRicciSee all my reviews

Science and Psychology in Academia and Art are not usually Associated. But that didn't stop Director Almereyda Painting a Canvas of the Surreal and Expressionistic in telling the Story of the Real-Life Professor Peter Milgram and His now Famous and Controversial, early Sixties 'Experiments" and Study.

What has become Infamous as the "Shock Study" has its Detractors but over Time, as the initial "Shock" of the Methods and the Results were Contemplated and Peer Reviewed, are now mostly Accepted as Valid and Repeatable.

The Film is Straight-Forward about the Study, the Man, and the Repercussions He endured. Verbally, the Script is Played out in typical, Dry, Academics. But the Director Unleashes many Bizarre Backdrops and Heightens the Reality to Absurdity to give the Film a Pleasant, Dreamy, Subconscious Feel as the Textbook Stuff is Explained.

Many well Known and A-List Actors show up throughout the Film for a Scene or two and add some Weight to the already Heavy Subject, but it is the Whimsy of the Wrapping that keeps things Digestible for the Non-Eggheads.

In Other Words, it is made to Entertain as well as Inform. Off-Beat and Self-Conscious, Playful, yet Ultra-Serious, Peter Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder lead this Lecture that Touches on many of the Controversial, Historical outcomes of the Professor's Work that is still being Studied to this Day.

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16 October 2015 (USA) See more »

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$8,682, 18 October 2015

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