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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 T. Scheuring

Writers:

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

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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Storyline

For a handsome $1,000-a-day reward, the unemployed pacifist, Travis, decides to take part in a controversial two-week behavioural experiment that will attempt to simulate life within the prison walls. Now, inside a controlled environment, two hand-picked groups of twenty inmates and six guards must follow a simple set of basic rules, while high-tech cameras monitor the entire makeshift jail. However, devoid of their civil rights and their identities, the volunteers will soon find themselves dragged into a dangerous and volatile situation, as the sadistic warders begin to take extreme pleasure in enforcing their authority. Under those circumstances, Travis, or the rebellious Prisoner #77, will have to explore his limits. How long can he last? Written by Nick Riganas

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Everyone has a breaking point See more »

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Originally made for theaters, but went straight to DVD in the US and most other territories. See more »

Goofs

The movie action takes place in 1971. The experiment participant salary is 1000 $/day. In real Stanford Prison Experiment all the participant agreed to receive 15 $/day (roughly equivalent to $94 per day in 2018) 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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Connections

References Moulin Rouge! (2001) See more »

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Illusions of Love
Written and Performed by Stephen Edward Moos
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Good concept but never really becomes compelling
21 August 2010 | by IDTooLongSee all my reviews

The Experiment has an intriguing premise. Human behavior, group dynamics; what will happen when you put a group of people (all with very different personalities) in a small, stressful environment for a long period of time. As this is a straight to DVD movie it surprisingly has a good cast and doesn't suffer from small budget diseases.

The Experiment has the potential of being a great movie but never reaches it's full potential. To me it felt like certain events were rushed. This could be by the lack of explanation of the motives and the background of certain characters. Ultimately, The Experiment is watchable but forgettable. 6/10


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 August 2010 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Alleman, Iowa, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$21,800,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$716,580
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2.35 : 1
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