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Experimenter (2015)

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In 1961, famed social psychologist Stanley Milgram conducted a series of radical behavior experiments that tested ordinary humans' willingness to obey authority.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Williams
Alan Elms
Jason Black ...
Sasha's Suitor
Kyla Haggerty ...
Party Hostess
Danny A. Abeckaser ...
Minnie ...
Elephant in the Room
Mrs. Lowe


Experimenter is based on the true story of famed social psychologist Stanley Milgram, who in 1961 conducted a series of radical behavior experiments that tested ordinary humans' willingness to obey by using electric shock. We follow Milgram, from meeting his wife Sasha through his controversial experiments that sparked public outcry. Written by ir

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Illusion sets the stage. Deception reveals the truth.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material and brief strong language | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

16 October 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Stanley Milgram Story  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,682, 16 October 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$155,075, 13 December 2015
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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Reunites Peter Sarsgaard with John Leguizamo after Empire (2002). See more »


The Coca-Cola cans are from the late 60s into the 70s. Not from 1961, the time of the movie. See more »


Stanley Milgram: We are double in ourselves. What we believe we disbelieve, and we can not rid ourselves of what we condemn.
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Crazy Credits

A cast credit: "Elephant in the Room: Minnie" See more »


Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major - Adagio
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
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An excellent feel good film - a must for any person interested in psychology
24 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

This film is NOT about the Milgram experiment ALONE (the one with shocks and the way we behave when prodded by a person in authority) - and that is what makes this film so interesting! The film is about Stanley Milgram the person. It only starts with his 1961 experiment (which occurred nearly around the same time as the Eichmann trials and Hannah Arendt's writings and hence garnered even more interest). It then continues to show the travails that he passed, his life and how the experiment changed people's perceptions towards him (some interesting reactions here - do watch it and be prepared for the surprises)! For such a popular experiment, there is a surprising lot that many of us (e for certain) may not have known - the film fills in that (large) gap.

There is one big difference between this film and the similar 2015 film "Stanford Prison Experiment" (which I also highly recommend) - This film has a far happier ending and hence makes it even more interesting from a cinematic perspective.

Do watch this film - you will not regret it.

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