The Stanford Prison Experiment

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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. read more
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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.

Original Release

07/17/2015

US Release

07/17/2015

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Cast

Billy Crudup Dr. Philip Zimbardo
Ezra Miller 8612 / Daniel Culp / Prisoner 8612
Michael Angarano Christopher Archer
Tye Sheridan 819 / Peter Mitchell / Prisoner 819
Olivia Thirlby Dr. Christina Maslach
Johnny Simmons 1037 / Jeff Jansen / Prisoner 1037
Gaius Charles Paul Vogel
James Wolk Mike Penny
Moises Arias Anthony Carroll
Callan McAuliffe Henry Ward
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Kyle Patrick Alvarez

Writers

Tim Talbott, Philip Zimbardo

Cast

Billy Crudup Dr. Philip Zimbardo
Ezra Miller 8612 / Daniel Culp / Prisoner 8612
Michael Angarano Christopher Archer
Tye Sheridan 819 / Peter Mitchell / Prisoner 819
Olivia Thirlby Dr. Christina Maslach
Johnny Simmons 1037 / Jeff Jansen / Prisoner 1037
Gaius Charles Paul Vogel
James Wolk Mike Penny
Moises Arias Anthony Carroll
Callan McAuliffe Henry Ward
Ki Hong Lee 3401 / Gavin Lee / Prisoner 3401
Keir Gilchrist John Lovett
Jesse Carere 5704 / Paul Beattie / Prisoner 5704
Nelsan Ellis Jesse Fletcher
Nicholas Braun Karl Vandy
James Frecheville Matthew Townshend
Brett Davern 7258 / Hubbie Whitlow / Prisoner 7258
Chris Sheffield 2093 / Tom Thompson / Prisoner 2093
Kate Butler Mrs. Mitchell
Jack Kilmer 4325 / Jim Randall / Prisoner 4325

Producers

Brian Geraghty Executive Producer
Katie Leary Executive Producer
Bob Leary Executive Producer
Lauren Bratman Producer
Laurence Ducceschi Producer
Brent Emery Producer
Lizzie Friedman Producer
Karen Lauder Producer
Rachel Lauder Producer
Greg Little Producer
Adam Shazar Producer

Editors

Kyle Patrick Alvarez

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