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Release Date: July 17th, 2015

DVD Release Date: July 17th, 2015

R|2 hr 2 min

Plot Summary
In 1971, Stanford's Professor Philip Zimbardo (Billy Crudup) conducts a controversial psychology experiment in which college students pretend to be either prisoners or guards, but the proceedings soon get out of hand.

Cast: Billy Crudup, Michael Angarano, Moises Arias, Nicholas Braun, Gaius Charles, Keir Gilchrist, Ki Hong Lee, Thomas Mann

Director: Kyle Alvarez

Genres: Historical drama

Production Co: Coup d'Etat Films, Vineyard Point Productions

Distributors: IFC Films

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  • Watching these young men brutalize each other is troubling enough, but perhaps the film's most interesting angle is how the experiment changes more than its subjects. show more

  • Disturbing, honest and compelling, The Stanford Prison Experiment turns a well-known story into must-see storytelling, depicting the ugly truth through gorgeous filmmaking. show more

  • For all its flaws it’s a rich, thought-provoking film which, while challenging, is not without humor and visual pleasures, particularly in the restrained but bang-on period production design. show more

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