Das Experiment (2002)

Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating R
Runtime 1hr 56mins.
Genres Drama, Adaptation, Thriller, Foreign
Keywords prison, psychodrama, psychological
Status Released
US Release Date
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  • Experience Review

    The eponymous experiment is meant to be psychological, not physical, but because this is another tale of men behaving badly we get both. This is a slick, well-crafted effort but Das Experiment is a familiar, and even predictable parable. While the romantic subplot is awkwardly integrated and the experiment itself occasionally rings a tad faux (the studio-like prison setting doesn't help), the film is most often intriguing and engaging, even though we've all read and seen enough to know the o

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Benjamin Herrmann Co-Producer n/a 170 3000008
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Ulrike Liebfried Producer (Typhoon Film) 3 3000005
Fritz Wildfreuer Producer n/a 3 3000004
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Marc Conrad Producer n/a 3 3000003
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Mario Giordano Source Material (from novel) ("Black Box") 120793 4000004
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Claudia Bobsin Costume Designer n/a 169 13000001
Wolfgang Wirtz Sound n/a 120816 14000001
Max Rammler-Rogall Sound Mixer n/a 230 14000002
Uli Hanisch Set Decorator set decoration 165 9000002
Uli Hanisch Production Designer n/a 164 9000001
Klaus Spinnler Unit Production Manager n/a 182 5000001
Isabel Kleefeld Assistant Director n/a 163 5000002
Rainer Klausmann Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Hans Funck Editor n/a 172 7000001
Fatih Akin Voice of Taxidriver 475 1000028
Heiner Lauterbach Voice of Dennis 475 1000027
Peter Fieseler Actor Prisoner No 11 1 1000010
Markus Rudolf Actor Prisoner No 74 1 1000009
Thorsten J H Dersch Actor Prisoner No 86 1 1000011
Sven Grefer Actor Prisoner 94 1 1000012
Justus Von Dohnanyi Actor Berus 1 1000013
Ralf Muller Actor Prisoner No 15 1 1000008
Danny Richter Actor Prisoner No 21 1 1000007
Oliver Stokowski Actor Gunther Schutte--Prisoner No 82 1 1000003
Christian Berkel Actor Robert Steinhoff--Prisoner No 38 1 1000002
Wotan Wilke Moehring Actor Joe Maier--Prisoner No 69 1 1000004
Stephan Szasz Actor Prisoner No 53 1 1000005
Polat Dal Actor Prisoner No 40 1 1000006
Nicki Von Tempelhoff Actor Kamps 1 1000014
Timo Dierkes Actor Eckert 1 1000015
Phillipp Hochmair Actor Lars 1 1000023
Andrea Sawatzki Actor Dr Jutta Grimm 1 1000022
Maren Eggert Actor Dora 1 1000024
André Jung Actor Ziegler 1 1000025
Uwe Rohde Actor Hans 1 1000026
Edgar Selge Actor Professor Dr Klaus Thon 1 1000021
Ralph Puttman Actor Amandy 1 1000020
Antoine Monot Jr. Actor Bosch 1 1000016
Lars Gartner Actor Renzel 1 1000017
Jacek Klimontko Actor Glaser 1 1000018
Markus Klauk Actor Stock 1 1000019
Moritz Bleibtreu Actor Tarek Fahd--Prisoner No 77 1 1000001
A drama based on a real experiment carried out in Palo Alto, California where a group of scientists gathered 20 people and had them carry out a psychological experiment for a cash reward. As part of the research project, the recruits were divided up into prisoners and guards. In a controlled penitentiary-like environment, "Prisoners" are incarcerated and ordered to obey the rules, "Guards" are instructed to keep order. They are thrown head-first into a two-week long examination of the effects of assigned roles, power and control. That's what happens to Tarek, Prisoner # 77, an ex-journalist convinced he will emerge with a fascinating story. At first, the prisoners treat their roles with detached humor and playfulness, and the guards treat theirs with nervous unease. But within hours, small conflicts and petty disputes force all twenty men deeper into their assigned roles. As these trivial skirmishes quickly escalate, the guards must explore any possible means to keep the prisoners in line, without the use of force--but once a revolt erupts, tragedy strikes.