Altered States


Time Out says

Based on a novel and a disowned script by the late Paddy Chayefsky, Russell's noisily grandiose swipe at psychedelia embellishes what is no more than the cosily familiar story of the obsessive Scientist Who Goes Too Far and Unwittingly Unleashes, etc. Harvard clever-dick (played with almost unconvincing solemnity by Hurt) blows his sensory deprivation experiments (with a little help from his friends and hallucinogenic drugs), and starts to regress - spectacularly - until he looks in serious danger of being sucked down the cosmic lavatory pan into the big zilch.

By: JS


Release details

102 mins

Cast and crew

Ken Russell
Sidney Aaron Paddy Chayefsky
William Hurt
Blair Brown
Bob Balaban
Charles Haid
Thaao Penghlis
Miguel Godreau
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