The Stanford Prison Experiment
Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller and Michael Angarano star in the dramatic thriller The Stanford Prison Experiment. Watch the movie trailer and see the poster below. After inspiring two films, the German thriller Das Experiment (2001) and the American remake The Experiment (2010), Dr. Philip Zimbardo’s real-life 1971 Stanford prison experiment gets it’s own feature film.
Release Date: July 17, 2015
Studio: IFC Films
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director: Kyle Patrick Alvarez
Screenwriter: Tim Talbott
Cast: Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Michael Angarano, Tye Sheridan, Johnny Simmons, Olivia Thirlby
Running Time: 2 hr.
MPAA Rating: R for language including abusive behavior and some sexual references.
It is the summer of 1971. Dr. Philip Zimbardo launches a study on the psychology of imprisonment. Twenty-four male undergraduates are randomly assigned to be either a guard or a prisoner. Set in a simulated jail, the project unfolds. The participants rapidly embody their roles—the guards become power hungry and sadistic while the prisoners, subject to degradation, strategize as underdogs. It soon becomes clear that, as Zimbardo and team monitor the escalation of action through surveillance cameras, they are not fully aware of how they too have become part of the experiment.