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McQuarrie's Experiment

05.14.2007
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In 1971 a group of researchers at Stanford University conducted an experiment about the human responses to captivity, where undergraduate volunteers filled the roles of guards and prisoners in a mock prison in the basement of the Stanford psychology building. The following is a description from Wikipedia on how the experiment unfolded: "Prisoners and guards rapidly adapted to their assigned roles, stepping beyond the boundaries of what had been predicted and leading to genuinely dangerous and psychologically damaging situations. One-third of the guards were judged to have exhibited "genuine" sadistic tendencies, while many prisoners were emotionally traumatized and two had to be removed from the experiment early."

If this sounds familiar to some of you, it's because you A) are familiar with THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT, B) have seen the 2001 German film DAS EXPERIMENT (based on the SPE) or C) were one of the guards or prisoners in the actual experiment. Either way. a whole lot of people are about to get acquainted with the experiment-gone-afoul, because writer/director Christopher McQuarrie (THE WAY OF THE GUN) will be directing his own movie about the case, cleverly titled THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT. The movie already has about as solid a cast as you can ask for, with young studs such as Giovanni Ribisi, Paul Dano (LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE) Channing Tatum (STEP UP), Jessie Eisenberg (THE SQUID AND THE WHALE) and Kieran Culkin risking their sanity this time around. McQuarrie won the original screenplay Oscar for THE USUAL SUSPECTS and is a writer for the Brian Singer/Tom Cruise WWII thriller VALKYRIE Shooting starts this October, with the Stanford campus being used as a location.

Extra Tidbit: Phillip Zimbardo, head of the experiment, abandoned it earlier than planned after his colleague and romantic partner told him she didn't know if she could love a man who was doing what was doing.
Source: Variety

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7:03PM on 05/14/2007
This is one of the fine examples of how power can be abused. I also learned about this in my sociology class, and it was one of the most horrific things I have heard about. If the director does justice to it, it will be a haunting masterpiece.
This is one of the fine examples of how power can be abused. I also learned about this in my sociology class, and it was one of the most horrific things I have heard about. If the director does justice to it, it will be a haunting masterpiece.
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2:23PM on 05/14/2007
Das Experiment was an excellent movie that kept me stressed out a few hours after i left the theatre. However it is only inspired by the events since the Stanford experiment was stopped early after 6 days (instead of the 4 weeks planned) while Das Experiment keeps the thing going.
Das Experiment was an excellent movie that kept me stressed out a few hours after i left the theatre. However it is only inspired by the events since the Stanford experiment was stopped early after 6 days (instead of the 4 weeks planned) while Das Experiment keeps the thing going.
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3:11AM on 05/14/2007
it's so weird, i just learned about this in my psych class and thought that it would make an interesting movie. anyways, i'm hip to this, especially with mcquarrie on board.
it's so weird, i just learned about this in my psych class and thought that it would make an interesting movie. anyways, i'm hip to this, especially with mcquarrie on board.
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