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1 hrs, 38 mins
Winona Ryder, Winona Ryder , Dennis Haysbert, Jim Gaffigan, Peter Sarsgaard, Anton Yelchin, Edoardo Ballerini, Taryn Manning, Kellan Lutz
Michael Almereyda

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Yale University, 1961. Stanley Milgram (Peter Sarsgaard, Blue Jasmine, Jarhead) designs a psychology experiment that still resonates to this day, in which people think they’re delivering painful electric shocks to an affable stranger (Jim Gaffigan) strapped into a chair in another room. Subjects are told it’s about memory, but the experiment is really about conformity, conscience and free will. Despite his pleas for mercy, the majority of subjects don’t stop the experiment, administering what they think is a near-fatal electric shock, simply because they’ve been told to do so. With Nazi Adolf Eichmann’s trial airing in living rooms across America, Milgram strikes a nerve in popular culture and the scientific community with his exploration into people’s tendency to comply with authority. Celebrated in some circles, he is also accused of being a deceptive, manipulative monster, but his wife Sasha (Winona Ryder) stands by him through it all. Experimenter invites us inside Milgram’s whirring mind in this bracing portrait of a brilliant man whose conscience and creative spirit continue to be resonant, poignant and inspirational. Written and directed by Michael Almereyda (Nadja, Hamlet).

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