The Stanford Prison Experiment

Release date:July 17, 2015
(limited)

Studio:IFC Films

Director:Kyle Patrick Alvarez

MPAA Rating:R (for language including abusive behavior and some sexual references)

Screenwriter:

Starring:Ezra Miller, Olivia Thirlby, Tye Sheridan, Keir Gilchrist, Michael Angarano, Thomas Mann, Billy Crudup, Johnny Simmons, Callan McAuliffe, Nelsan Ellis

Genre:Drama, Thriller

Plot Summary:

What happens when a college psych study goes shockingly wrong? In this tense, psychological thriller based on the notorious true story, Billy Crudup stars as Stanford University professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo, 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. The results astonished the world, as participants went from middle-class undergrads to drunk-with-power sadists and submissive victims in just a few days.