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Altered States
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6.9 IMDB rating

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William Hurt

William Hurt

Eddie Jessup
Blair Brown

Blair Brown

Emily Jessup
Bob Balaban

Bob Balaban

Arthur Rosenberg
Charles Haid

Charles Haid

Mason Parrish
Thaao Penghlis

Thaao Penghlis

Echeverria
Miguel Godreau

Miguel Godreau

Primal Man
Dori Brenner

Dori Brenner

Sylvia Rosenberg
Peter Brandon

Peter Brandon

Hobart


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3 years, 11 months ago at Oct 2 11:34
Altered states is a very well-acted, cleverly written, and conceptually ambitious Sci-fi thriller that, like so many other praise-worthy titles, has been almost completey forgotten today, 30 years after the making. The little recognition it does still recieve is due largely to its appeal toward drug sub-culture, but this is far from the most interesting aspect of this film. Where the movie truly s... read more
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Description: Harvard scientist Eddie Jessup's (William Hurt) mind-altering experiments on himself, involving a hallucinatory drug and an isolation chamber, get out of control when his handiwork shuttles him back and forth on the evolutionary spectrum -- from human to ape-man. Equal parts sci-fi actioner, 1960s psychedelic trip and farce, the film ... (more)
Release date: 25 December 1980
UPC: 085391107620
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