The Stanford Prison Experiment was a study conducted by Dr.
Philip Zimbardo in the summer of 1971 at Stanford University. It was meant to
show the psychology of imprisonment with 24 male undergraduates chosen to
randomly participate either as a guard or a prisoner. What ensued was nothing
short of groundbreaking and prompted both outrage and excitement from every
corner of the scientific and psychological fields.
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To capture what happened on screen, Tim Talbott based his screenplay
on Dr. Zimbardo’s documents, including audio and footage from the experiment.
Meanwhile, director Kyle Patrick Alvarez is said to have let his actors -- a cast
of up-and-coming talent -- take gross liberties on set in order to really dive
in to their characters.
On July 17, The Stanford
Prison Experiment will debut in theaters, but not before ETonline wrangled
stories from the cast about the physically grueling filming schedule, the power
of costumes, going method, and bonding on set.
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