R | | Drama, Thriller
For two weeks, 20 male participants are hired to play prisoners and guards in a prison. The "prisoners" have to follow seemingly mild rules, and the "guards" are told to retain order without using physical violence.
Christian Berkel originally auditioned for the part of Schütte but was then cast as Steinhoff.
Tarek Fahd, Häftling Nr. 77:
Test subjects wanted. Earn 4000 marks for a 14-day experiment in a simulated prison.
Tarek's eyeglasses: the receiver (masked as walkman) had a 100m range. But where was it during the experiment? The locker rooms where too far (thick walls would absorb the rays).
The first cinema version had an insert in the beginning of the movie which stated "This is based on the Stanford Prison Experiment". Since Prof. Philip Zimbardo wasn't asked by the filmmakers - and the movie doesn't really show the true experiment, but an exaggeration, the insert was changed to say "This movie is based on the novel Black Box"
$19,857 22 September 2002