Research scientist Eddie Jessup (Academy Award winner William Hurt, Kiss of the Spider Woman) believes other states of consciousness are as real as everyday reality. Using sensory deprivation, then adding powerful, hallucinogenic drugs, he explores these altered states... and endures experiences that make madness seem a blessing. Hurt as Jessup (in his feature film debut) heads a solid cast featuring Blair brown, Bob Balaban and Charles Haid. Working from Paddy Chayefsky's novel, director Ken Russell guides us with a sorcerers skill through Eddie's magical and horrific journey as Altered States gyrates with dazzling visual bravado and bracing emotional impact.

Director:

Ken Russell

Cast:

William Hurt, Blair Brown, Bob Balaban, Charles Haid, Thaao Penghlis, Miguel Godreau, Dori Brenner, Peter Brandon, Charles Eagle, Drew Barrymore, Megan Jeffers

MPAA Rating:

R

Run Time:

1hr 42mins

Release Year:

1980

Country Of Origin:

USA