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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.

Director:

Paul Scheuring (as Paul T. Scheuring)

Writers:

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

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Everyone has a breaking point See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 August 2010 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Eksperiment See more »

Filming Locations:

Alleman, Iowa, USA See more »

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Budget:

$21,800,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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There has been controversy over both the ethics and scientific rigor of the Stanford prison experiment since nearly the beginning, and it has never been successfully replicated. French academic and filmmaker Thibault Le Texier, in a 2018 book about the experiment, Histoire d'un mensonge ("Story of a lie"), wrote that it could not be meaningfully described as an experiment and that there were no real results to speak of. See more »

Goofs

When an "inmate" who has diabetic low blood sugars, he correctly says he needs sugar. But later, still with low blood sugar, he says he just needs insulin. That would lower his blood sugar even more resulting in coma or death. See more »

Quotes

[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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References Red Dawn (1984) See more »

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Illusions of Love
Written and Performed by Stephen Edward Moos
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All I could ask for.
29 June 2013 | by tylathomasSee all my reviews

The Experiment. Definitely doesn't get the credit it deserves. While its extremely fast paced (even though some say its slow - which is not true), It has an interesting and intriguing storyline with great actors and some twists which, all in all, made me confused, excited, worried and even gave me an intense hatred for some of the characters. Whoever you are, I think you'll enjoy the film all in all. Try not to compare it to what most say it's a remake of - it's its own film and should be acclaimed for its self, without comparison to other versions. Fast paced and constant tension building throughout, which is just what I love in a movie. While it is not hugely thriller-like, or physiologically stimulating as may be expected, it is a great movie, especially for younger viewers (15+ as stated). Some explicit, adult natured themes should be expected, so kids should stay well away from this movie, however the worst stuff is fee and far between, so can be avoided - although you'll be missing some of the best parts of the movie.

Don't listen to those who say its awful - it's a great film, and don't knock it because of others opinions. Make your own judgement.


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