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Experiment, Das (2001)

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Original Title : Experiment, Das
Director : Oliver Hirschbiegel
Writer : Don Bohlinger
Christoph Darnstädt
Mario Giordano
Oliver Hirschbiegel
Friedrich Wildfeuer
Genre : Drama
Thriller
Country : Germany
Language : German
Producer : Marc Conrad , Philip Evenkamp , Benjamin Herrmann , Norbert Preuss , Friedrich Wildfeuer
Music : Alexander Bubenheim
Photography : Rainer Klausmann
MPAA Rating : Rated R for strong violence, disturbing situations, language, sexuality and nudity.
IMDB ID : 0250258
Official site : http://www.akiserlet.hu/
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poster for "Experiment, Das" by Oliver Hirschbiegel (2001)
Experiment, Das (2001) - Oliver Hirschbiegel
 

Starring

Moritz Bleibtreu Tarek Fahd, Häftling Nr. 77 (Häftlinge
Christian Berkel Steinhoff, Häftling Nr. 38 (Häftlinge
Oliver Stokowski Schütte, Häftling Nr. 82 (Häftlinge
Wotan Wilke Möhring Joe, Häftling Nr. 69 (Häftlinge
Stephan Szasz Häftling Nr. 53 (Häftlinge
Polat Dal Häftling Nr. 40 (Häftlinge
Danny Richter Häftling Nr. 21 (Häftlinge
Ralf Müller Häftling Nr. 15 (Häftlinge
Markus Rudolf Häftling Nr. 74 (Häftlinge
Peter Fieseler Häftling Nr. 11 (Häftlinge
Thorsten Dersch Häftling Nr. 86 (Häftlinge
Sven Grefer Häftling Nr. 94 (Häftlinge
Justus von Dohnanyi Berus (Strafvollzugsbeamte
Nicki von Tempelhoff Kamps (Strafvollzugsbeamte
Timo Dierkes Eckert (Strafvollzugsbeamte
Antoine Monot Jr. Bosch (Strafvollzugsbeamte
Lars Gärtner Renzel (Strafvollzugsbeamte
Jacek Klimontko Gläser (Strafvollzugsbeamte
Markus Klauk Stock (Strafvollzugsbeamte
Ralph Püttmann Amandy (Strafvollzugsbeamte
Edgar Selge Professor Dr. Klaus Thon (Wissenschaftler
Andrea Sawatzki Dr. Jutta Grimm (Wissenschaftler
Philipp Hochmair Lars (Wissenschaftler
Maren Eggert Dora (Die Anderen
André Jung Ziegler (Die Anderen
Uwe Rohde Hans (Die Anderen
Heiner Lauterbach Dennis (Die Stimmen/The Voices
Fatih Akin Taxifahrer/Taxi Driver (Die Stimmen/The Voices
Christiane Gerboth Nachrichtensprecher/Newscaster (Die Stimmen/The Voices
 

Plot

The movie is based on the infamous "Stanford Prison Experiment" conducted in 1971. A makeshift prison is set up in a research lab, complete with cells, bars and surveillance cameras. For two weeks 20 male participants are hired to play prisoners and guards. The 'prisoners' are locked up and have to follow seemingly mild rules, and the 'guards' are told simply to retain order without using physical violence. Everybody is free to quit at any time, thereby forfeiting payment. In the beginning the mood between both groups is insecure and rather emphatic. But soon quarrels arise and the wardens employ ever more drastic sanctions to confirm their authority.
 

Comments

Disturbing 'Das Experiment' is a great German movie, loosely based on the Stanford Prison Experiment. Twenty people are selected for an experiment. Eight of them become prison guards and twelve become the prisoners. For two weeks the professors watch all this with security cameras. May be everything you expect will happen. The guards take their roles a little too seriously, especially Berus (Justus von Dohnanyi), and become a little sadistic and the prisoners feel like mice in a trap. One of them is a little rebellious. His name is Tarek Fahd (Moritz Bleibtreu) and he has a reason to act like he does. Another one is a Major in the army (Christian Berkel). He is a quiet guy and tries to observe what is happening. Although we all know that things will probably go out of hand the movie still has an impact. The cruelty of the guards is sometimes even a little shocking. The fact that everything happens so fast is taken from the Stanford Prison Experiment which was ended after six days. Things like this, giving people too much power, can lead to horrible events. Of course we have seen that a lot in the past, especially in Germany, but to be reminded of that once in a while is not a bad thing.
 
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Experiment, Das (2001) - Oliver Hirschbiegel
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