Experimenter

Experimenter

Streaming Video - 2016
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Stanley Milgram (Peter Sarsgaard) designs a psychology experiment in which people think they're delivering painful electric shocks to strangers in another room. Ignoring pleas for mercy, most subjects don't stop with the experiment because they've been told to continue. Milgram's exploration of authority and conformity remains relevant to this day. With Winona Ryder and Jim Gaffigan.
Publisher: Made available through hoopla
[United States]:, Magnolia Pictures ,, 2016
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 98 min.)) :,sd., col
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matcat44
Dec 27, 2017

Not my idea of entertainment watching people get shocks. Experiment it may be and of interest to those in the field, but it wasn't for us.

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muinah
Dec 18, 2017

This movie is as sensational as the first time I saw the B&W footage of his "shock" experiments in my psych class.

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fledge
Sep 28, 2017

An interesting look at a controversial psychological research project. The film asks: Why do people obey authority? The answer is troubling, and the story is told in a relaxed and simple manner, by telling the true-life story of Stanley Milgram, who conducted the experiment. He also conducted the Small World experiment (six degrees of separation) and a couple of others depicted in the film that are interesting. Very much recommended.

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ellidonna
Aug 17, 2017

Extremely relevant with the modern US socio-political climate, as well as the phenomena of getting our 'news' from social media sites and unproven sources. Very thought provoking, regardless of the sometimes hideous costumes/makeup. Lots of references to other experiments at the time as well.

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Janice21383
Jul 29, 2017

Drama-biography of Stanley Milgram, the social psychologist who threw light on grim and enchanting sides of human nature. Mostly grim, but is that his fault? It's knowledge; do with it what you will. This film was made with the cooperation of his family, but given they are an intelligent, curious and honest family, their contributions enhance the portrait of the man and his moral dilemmas. There are deliberate stagy effects that don't work, but holy cow, some powerful and unexpectedly humourous performances: Sarsgaard, of course, but also Leguizamo, Manning, Gaffigan, Edwards, and many others. If you are not familiar with the work of Milgram, don't look up anything about him first. Let this film shock you. SPOILER: extra credit for a surprise appearance of William Shatner.

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mamabadger56
Jun 08, 2017

An interesting take on a complicated subject. Even more interesting when viewed along with The Stanford Prison Experiment, a film about a related study, released the same year.

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marieloudavril
Jun 02, 2017

This is a movie to see. it makes me think about human behavior and reaction to power, authority and obedience. It reveals a lot about overly submissive authority and lost of our own choice of decision makings even when we know inside this is wrong.........mind manipulating. this experiment done by social Scientist Stanley Milgrim about famous obedience is pure mind manipulative control.

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TheeAvebury
May 08, 2017

Not very good. The hairpieces in the 70's are especially bad ( suppose that's part of the ' breaking the fourth wall ' lameness of much of the movie )- but the hairpieces are hilariously bad- unlike the rest of the film which is just dreary.

This is a rock solid film about social scientist Stanley Milgram and his famous obedience experiment. Peter Saarsgard is terrific as Milgram. It is hard to come away from this film without a greater appreciation of who we are as a species.

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breemu
Aug 13, 2016

A little slow and boring in places... but what it reveals about our indoctrinated, conditioned, institutionalized selves is absolutely horrifying.

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