Watch The Stanford Prison Experiment Online
The experiment was relatively simple: a group of students were assigned to be either prisoners or guards in a makeshift prison. Dr. Philip Zimbardo (Billy Crudup) hoped to use the research to discover whether abuse in prison was related to the personality traits of the two groups. Ultimately, the participants played along a little too well and soon the two sides were at war with guards subjecting prisoners to sadistic psychological abuse. The experiment was over within six days.