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This movie is a remake of a movie based on a book that was inspired by the real-life Stanford prison experiment. The experiment at Stanford ended early as both the guards and prisoners took their respective roles too seriously. The experiment will never be redone because, although it was deemed ethical at the time under the later-amended rules of the American Psychiatric Association, any research done must not physically or mentally harm the participants.
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Originally made for theaters, but went straight to DVD in the US and most other territories.
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Elijah Wood was originally cast, but bowed out after only a few days of shooting.
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The bracelet in the left hand of Travis says "Abhay" in Hindi which means "The Fearless".
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During the tests performed before the experiment Travis is shown several film fragments. In one of them a Dutch weatherman is run over by a car. Which is a scene from a "New Kids" movie.
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The original Stanford prison experiment was conducted by Philip zimbardo
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While this film is based on actual experimentation performed by psychologists on college students. Some of the experiment's findings have been called into question. The experiment has been criticized for unscientific methodology, possible fraud bordering on a hoax. Results are believed to have been forced and manipulated to fit the researchers motives.
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There has been controversy over both the ethics and scientific rigor of the Stanford prison experiment since nearly the beginning, and it has never been successfully replicated. French academic and filmmaker Thibault Le Texier, in a 2018 book about the experiment, Histoire d'un mensonge ("Story of a lie"), wrote that it could not be meaningfully described as an experiment and that there were no real results to speak of.
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Although some similarities exist with the real Stanford Prison Experiment - e.g. it was really terminated after only six of 14 days due to the guards going power mad etc. - there are many more wildly different events. Subjects were harmed after the first day without being stopped. Though they were not murdered, raped, savagely beaten, etc.
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The movie clip shown during testing, before the experiment starts, shows Dutch weather reporter Piet Paulusma. In the clip you see him run ocer bh a car. That part is fictional, he is still alive.
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