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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
James McDonough
Alan Elms
Alexandra 'Sasha' Milgram
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.

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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:

$8,682 (USA) (16 October 2015)


$155,075 (USA) (11 December 2015)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Peter Sarsgaard also appeared in "Kinsey"(2004) which was a film about another controversial researcher in the field of human behavior/psychology. See more »


In scenes set in 1961-1963, Stanley Milgram owns a 1966 Plymouth Belvedere. See more »


Serge Moscovici: The techniques change, the victims change, but it's still a question. How do these things happen? How are they institutionalized?
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Crazy Credits

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


Features Candid Camera (1960) See more »


Waltz No.1 in E flat, Op. 18
composed by Frédéric Chopin
courtesy of Curcial Music Corporation and Point Classics
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An elephant?
1 August 2015 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

For some reason I expected more of a documentary, so this docudrama nearly had me out the door, but the authoritative man in the grey lab coat persuaded me to stay.

It clearly, and to my understanding, accurately, lays out the format of the notorious Milgram Experiment, which is necessary for all that follows; the public and academic backlash, our involvement as we question whether we would behave like Milgram's subjects, and his own soul-searching. To be sure, he comes across as quite cold-hearted, and more self-doubt would have made a more interesting story. Instead, all of the doubt is carried by his colleagues and Wynona Ryder as his patient wife.

The original experiment is well-enough represented that the re-creation of a TV series about it (with Kellan Lutz as a young William Shatner playing the Milgram character) has some amusingly obvious elements of parody, and hence self-parody of this film.

The film has some unsettling features over and above the experiments themselves - scenes carried out in colour in front of poorly placed monochrome back-projections, and an elephant, yes, a real, if slightly out of focus elephant behind Peter Sarsgaard as he talks to the camera walking towards us along a university corridor. Why? If it's The Elephant In The Room, what are we not seeing?

As Milgram points out, he and his experiment are treated with opprobrium, but the results are accepted, and serve their purpose. While the Holocaust is repeatedly invoked (including footage of the Eichmann trial), and Milgram twice mentions that his name is Hebrew for pomegranate (in fact it's not but milgrom is the Yiddish), an obvious ethical parallel is not mentioned: the Nazi experiments of killing prisoners with X-rays, which are still shown (usually on an opt-in basis) to medical students.

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