Das Experiment


1h 56m 2001

Brief Synopsis

A drama based on a real experiment carried out in Palo Alto, California where a group of scientists gathered 20 people and had them carry out a psychological experiment for a cash reward. As part of the research project, the recruits were divided up into prisoners and guards. In a controlled peniten

Film Details

Also Known As
Experiment, The
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2001
Production Company
Bundesministerium Fur Kultur Und Medien; Filmfernsehfonds Bayern; German Federal Film Board; Wild Bunch AG
Distribution Company
Independent Distribution Partnership (IDP); Ascot Elite Entertainment Group; Belga Films; Central Film Verleih Gmbh; Constantin Film Development, Inc.; Independent Distribution Partnership (Idp); Independent Films (If); Metrodome Distribution; Metropolitan Filmexport; Nexo Digital; Nuvision; Oro Film As; Sam Film; Senator Film Verleih; Shaw Organization; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; Videocine; Warner Bros. Pictures International; Wild Bunch AG

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 56m

Synopsis

A drama based on a real experiment carried out in Palo Alto, California where a group of scientists gathered 20 people and had them carry out a psychological experiment for a cash reward. As part of the research project, the recruits were divided up into prisoners and guards. In a controlled penitentiary-like environment, "Prisoners" are incarcerated and ordered to obey the rules, "Guards" are instructed to keep order. They are thrown head-first into a two-week long examination of the effects of assigned roles, power and control. That's what happens to Tarek, Prisoner # 77, an ex-journalist convinced he will emerge with a fascinating story. At first, the prisoners treat their roles with detached humor and playfulness, and the guards treat theirs with nervous unease. But within hours, small conflicts and petty disputes force all twenty men deeper into their assigned roles. As these trivial skirmishes quickly escalate, the guards must explore any possible means to keep the prisoners in line, without the use of force--but once a revolt erupts, tragedy strikes.

Film Details

Also Known As
Experiment, The
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2001
Production Company
Bundesministerium Fur Kultur Und Medien; Filmfernsehfonds Bayern; German Federal Film Board; Wild Bunch AG
Distribution Company
Independent Distribution Partnership (IDP); Ascot Elite Entertainment Group; Belga Films; Central Film Verleih Gmbh; Constantin Film Development, Inc.; Independent Distribution Partnership (Idp); Independent Films (If); Metrodome Distribution; Metropolitan Filmexport; Nexo Digital; Nuvision; Oro Film As; Sam Film; Senator Film Verleih; Shaw Organization; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; Videocine; Warner Bros. Pictures International; Wild Bunch AG

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 56m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Indepentent Distribution Partners (IDP) is a joint venture between Samuel Goldwyn Films, Fireworks Pictures and Stratosphere Entertainment.

aspect ratio 1:1.85

Released in United States Fall September 18, 2002

Released in United States September 20, 2002 (Los Angeles)

Released in United States on Video July 1, 2003

Released in United States 2001 (Shown at Montreal World Film Festival August 23 - September 3, 2001.)

Released in United States May 2001 (Shown at Cannes International Film Festival (market) May 9-20, 2001.)

Released in United States November 2001 (Shown at AFI Fest 2001: The American Film Institute Los Angeles International Film Festival (International Competition) November 1-11, 2001.)

Released in United States 2002 (Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema) May 23 - June 16, 2002.)

Winner of Best Actor (Moritz Bleibtreu) at the 2002 Seattle International Film Festival.

Released in United States Fall September 18, 2002

Released in United States September 20, 2002

Released in United States on Video July 1, 2003

Released in United States 2001

Released in United States May 2001

Released in United States November 2001

Released in United States 2002

Shown at Montreal World Film Festival August 23 - September 3, 2001.

Shown at Cannes International Film Festival (market) May 9-20, 2001.

Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema) May 23 - June 16, 2002.