DVD - 2016
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The true life story of controversial psychologist Stanley Milgram, whose legendary experiment tested ordinary people's willingness to obey orders from an authority figure, even if they felt what they were doing was wrong. This led Milgram's whirring mind to delve into a parade of human behavior inquiries, including the Six Degrees Of Seperation theory.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Magnolia Home Entertainment, [2016]
Edition: Widescreen.
Branch Call Number: DVD-AD DRAMA EXPE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (98 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.


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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Aug 13, 2016

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

Jul 27, 2016

An intriguing and intelligent film about the psychologist Stanley Milgram, best known for his shock experiments that led him to conclude that people are overly submissive to authority. Needles to see, these experiments were controversial, as people thought they were being tricked and no one wants to hear that people will easily overrule their own conscience. Peter Sarsgaard is well-cast as Miligram, although Winona Ryder doesn't have much to do as his wife. Director/writer MIchael Almereyda takes some risks visually and narratively (breaking the fourth wall), which I appreciated. There was also a recent film about the Stanford Prison Experiment.

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