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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Release Information

  • December 25, 1980


    Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian 21 or older. The parent/guardian is required to stay with the child under 17 through the entire movie, even if the parent gives the child/teenager permission to see the film alone. These films may contain strong profanity, graphic sexuality, nudity, strong violence, horror, gore, and strong drug use. A movie rated R for profanity often has more severe or frequent language than the PG-13 rating would permit. An R-rated movie may have more blood, gore, drug use, nudity, or graphic sexuality than a PG-13 movie would admit.

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 42m

Budget $15,000,000.00

Revenue $19,853,892.00

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