The Stanford Prison Experiment

The Stanford Prison Experiment

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Psychological thriller based on the true story of Stanford University professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo (played by Billy Crudup), who, in 1971, cast 24 student volunteers as prisoners and guards in a simulated jail to examine the source of abusive behavior in the prison system. More

"The participants rapidly embody their roles - the guards become power-hungry and sadistic, while the prisoners, subject to degradation, strategise 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." (Sundance Film Festival)

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2015122 minsUSA
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The Stanford Prison Experiment | Awards

Award Winner
Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize and Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award winner at Sundance Film Festival 2015

The Stanford Prison Experiment | Reviews

84%103 reviews

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Variety

Variety

The combination of relentless forward drive and gruesomely fastidious detail, while audacious and admirable in theory, begins to pay dwindling returns in a picture that feels rather longer than its 122-minute running time.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Director Kyle Patrick Alvarez deserves all the praise in the world for the way he cranks up this pressure cooker script.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

For all its flaws it's a rich, thought-provoking film which, while challenging, is not without humor and visual pleasures.

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The Stanford Prison Experiment | Release Details

The Stanford Prison Experiment is available to stream in New Zealand now on Google Play and Apple TV.