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Magnolia Buys Sundance Drama ‘Experimenter’ Starring Peter Sarsgaard

Magnolia Buys Sundance Drama 'Experimenter' Starring Peter Sarsgaard

Ahead of the film’s Closing Night screening at the SF International Film Festival, the psychological drama “Experimenter” has been acquired by Magnolia Pictures, which plans a 2015 theatrical release.

Directed by Michael Almereyda (2000’s brainy Shakespeare update “Hamlet”), the film stars Peter Sarsgaard as social psychologist Stanley Milgram whose 1961 “obedience” experiments at Yale asked participants to send harmful electric shocks to strangers in order to test their will toward authority. 

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The rest of the cast includes Winona Ryder, Jim Gaffigan, Taryn Manning, Anton Yelchin, Kellan Lutz, John Leguizamo, Anthony Edwards, Josh Hamilton, Lori Singer, Vondie Curtis-Hall and Dennis Haysbert. “Experimenter” was produced by Uri Singer, Fabio Golombek, Isen Robbins and Aimee Schoof.

Sundance reviews were mostly positive. Variety wrote: “Michael Almereyda dissects the life and work of controversial psychologist Stanley Milgram in a highly stylized biopic worthy of its subject.”

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