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The Stanford Prison Experiment is a american film of genre Drama directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez released in USA on 17 july 2015 with Billy Crudup

The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015)

The Stanford Prison Experiment
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Released in USA 17 july 2015
Length 2h
Genres Drama,    Thriller
Rating68% 3.449813.449813.449813.449813.44981

The Stanford Prison Experiment is a 2015 American thriller film directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez and written by Tim Talbott. The film stars Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Olivia Thirlby, Nelsan Ellis, Ki Hong Lee, Tye Sheridan, Michael Angarano, Jack Kilmer and Nicholas Braun. The plot tells the story of the Stanford Prison Experiment in which students play the role of a prisoner or a prison guard conducted at Stanford University under supervision of Psychology Professor Philip Zimbardo in 1971.

The project was announced in 2002 and remained in development for twelve years, with principal photography beginning on August 19, 2014, in Los Angeles. The film is financed and produced by Sandbar Pictures and Abandon Pictures. The film premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on January 26, 2015, before being given a limited theatrical release on July 17, 2015. Upon its release at Sundance, the film received positive reviews from critics, who commended the direction, screenplay, and acting.


Stanford University psychology professor Philip Zimbardo conducts a psychological experiment to test the hypothesis that the personality traits of prisoners and guards are the chief cause of abusive behavior between them. In the experiment, Zimbardo selects fifteen male students to participate in a 14-day prison simulation to take roles as prisoners or guards. They receive $15 per day. The experiment is conducted in a mock prison located in the basement of Jordan Hall, the university's psychology department building. The students who are guards become abusive, as does Zimbardo himself. Two students who play the role of prisoners quit the experiment early, and Zimbardo abruptly stops the entire experiment after only six days.


Billy Crudup

(Dr. Philip Zimbardo)
Ezra Miller

(Daniel Culp / Prisoner 8612)
Olivia Thirlby

(Dr. Christina Maslach)
Nelsan Ellis

(Jesse Fletcher)
Tye Sheridan

(Peter Mitchell / Prisoner 819)
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