The Stanford Prison Experiment

Synopsis: In 1971, twenty-four male students are selected to take on randomly assigned roles of prisoners and guards in a mock prison situated in the basement of the Stanford psychology building.
Production: IFC Films
  4 wins & 3 nominations.
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122 min

How's it going, fellas?

- Hi.

- Hi. How you doing?

All right.


Uh, yeah.


Okay. Question one.

Have you ever talked

to a psychiatrist

or a psychologist

about an emotional problem?

Uh, no.


Have you ever felt

you needed help

with an emotional problem?



Have you ever attempted

to kill yourself?


Uh, no.


In the past year, have you

consumed any alcohol or...

- Yes.

- Illegal drugs?

Illegal drugs?

Um, yes.

Do... is this...

this is going on record?

If I say "no,"

that means that I can be in it?

Not necessarily.

It's $15 a day?

- Yeah.

- That's correct.

No, I haven't had any alcohol

or anything like that.

Have you ever given in to

an aggressive urge or impulse?

Uh, what do you mean by that?

Like, domestic violence

or rape, incest...

- No, no, no, no.

- Things of that nature.

- No.

- No.

I go to Stanford.


Have you ever experienced

any emotional problems

associated with

your sexual interests

or your choice of

a sexual partner?

Does love count?

If you'd like it to.

Okay, then no.

Why do you want to

participate in this study?

To be honest,

financial gain.

I could use a little cash

this summer.

I just saw the $15 a day.

I was looking through the ads,

and it was just...

the most interesting.

If selected for

this study,

would you rather be

a guard or a prisoner?

I don't think I have

the qualities to be a guard.


Prisoner, I guess.

I-I wouldn't want to be a guard.

- Prisoner.

- A prisoner.


A prisoner sounds like

it would be a little less work.


Why's that?

Nobody likes guards.

All right,

we got a heads.

So we can just put him

over there,


with the prisoners.

Last one.

You want the honors?

Heads again.

He's a prisoner.

Okay, so the last

one's a guard.


Well, guys,

I think we have our prisoners

and our guards.

Good afternoon, gentlemen.

I am Dr. Phil Zimbardo,

professor of psychology

here at Stanford University.

Welcome to orientation.

You're gonna be

very pleased to know

that you all have been chosen

to be the prison guards

in this study.

And that choice was made based

upon the exemplary qualities

that you all demonstrated

during your interviews.

So good for you.

This experiment will be

an extension of my research

into the effects prisons

can have on human behavior.

And being that it's summer

and the school's almost empty,

we should have near complete

privacy for this study.

And as you'll soon see,

we have cleared out

some of the teachers' offices

and converted them

into prison cells,

and the hallway will serve

as the prison yard.

But remember,

just as you are watching

the prisoners,

my graduate staff and I

will be watching you.

So under no circumstances

whatsoever are you to hit

or physically assault

the prisoners in any way.

Now, you'll all be given

sunglasses and uniforms

to give the prisoners a sense

of a unified,

singular authority.

Once a prisoner is jailed,

he will not be able to leave,

except under

established procedures.

And from this point forward,

you should never refer

to this as a study

or an experiment again.

A lot of these books,

I don't even know

where I got them.

The perils of

moving in together.

What are you

thinking about?

The experiment?

No, experiment's routine.

You know, I'm gonna be away

for two weeks,

and then...

And then you are

gonna be starting

your new job.

You make it sound like

it's in a different state.

Berkeley is an hour

up the road.

Oh, that I know.

It's just I don't know

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