A research scientist (William Hurt) explores the boundaries and frontiers of consciousness. Using sensory deprivation and hallucinogenic mixtures from native American shamans, he explores these altered states of consciousness and finds that memory, time, and perhaps reality itself are states of mind.

  1. Paddy Chayefsky

    Novel, Screenplay

  2. Ken Russell


Top Billed Cast

  1. William Hurt

    William Hurt

    Professor Eddie Jessup

  2. Blair Brown

    Blair Brown

    Emily Jessup

  3. Bob Balaban

    Bob Balaban

    Arthur Rosenberg

  4. Charles Haid

    Charles Haid

    Mason Parrish, Professor of Endocrinology at Harvard Medical School

  5. Thaao Penghlis

    Thaao Penghlis


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Altered States
Altered States


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Status Released

Release Information

  • December 25, 1980
    R, Theatrical

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 42m

Budget $15,000,000.00

Revenue $19,853,892.00

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