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Altered States -- A Harvard scientist conducts experiments on himself with a hallucinatory drug and an isolation chamber that may be causing him to regress genetically.

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Director:
Writers:
Paddy Chayefsky (written for the screen by)
Paddy Chayefsky (novel)
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Release Date:
25 December 1980 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
When he heard his cry for help it wasn't human See more »
Plot:
A Harvard scientist conducts experiments on himself with a hallucinatory drug and an isolation chamber that may be causing him to regress genetically. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 5 nominations See more »
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(193 articles)
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Great Material, Artistically Handled See more (127 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

William Hurt ... Eddie Jessup

Blair Brown ... Emily Jessup

Bob Balaban ... Arthur Rosenberg

Charles Haid ... Mason Parrish

Thaao Penghlis ... Echeverria
Miguel Godreau ... Primal Man
Dori Brenner ... Sylvia Rosenberg
Peter Brandon ... Hobart
Charles White-Eagle ... The Brujo

Drew Barrymore ... Margaret Jessup
Megan Jeffers ... Grace Jessup
Jack Murdock ... Hector Orteco

Francis X. McCarthy ... Obispo (as Frank McCarthy)
Deborah Baltzell ... Schizophrenic Patient

Evan Richards ... Young Rosenberg

Hap Lawrence ... Endocrinology Fellow
John Walter Davis ... Medical Technician
Cynthia Burr ... Parrish's Girl
Susan Bredhoff ... Echeverria's Girl

John Larroquette ... X-Ray Technician

George Gaynes ... Dr. Wissenschaft
Ora Rubinstein ... Young Medical Student
Paul Larsson ... Charlie Thomas
Eric Forst ... Mingus
Adriana Shaw ... Dr. Antonini
Martin Fiscoe ... Graduate Student
Olivia Michelle ... Veronica

Directed by
Ken Russell 
 
Writing credits
Paddy Chayefsky (written for the screen by) (as Sidney Aaron)

Paddy Chayefsky (novel)

Produced by
Stuart Baird .... associate producer
Howard Gottfried .... producer
Daniel Melnick .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
John Corigliano 
 
Cinematography by
Jordan Cronenweth 
 
Film Editing by
Eric Jenkins 
Jack Harnish (uncredited)
 
Casting by
Howard Feuer 
Jeremy Ritzer 
 
Production Design by
Richard Macdonald  (as Richard McDonald)
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas L. Roysden  (as Thomas Roysden)
 
Costume Design by
Ruth Myers 
 
Makeup Department
Carl Fullerton .... special makeup assistant
Michael Hancock .... makeup artist
Craig Reardon .... special makeup assistant
Dick Smith .... special makeup
Dione Taylor .... hair stylist (as Dione Taylor-Demsky)
Rick Baker .... special makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
David Silver .... unit production manager (as Dave Silver)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gary Daigler .... assistant director
Peter Schindler .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Gary Clark .... head paint foreman
Stan Cockerell .... assistant props
Sidney H. Greenwood .... property master (as Syd Greenwood)
Jeff Howard .... assistant art director
Joseph Hurley .... illustrator (as Joe Hurley)
Bill Iiams .... general foreman
Roger Irvin .... construction coordinator
Ronald C. Jacobs .... lead man (as Ron Jacobs)
Stephane Goulet .... property supervisor (uncredited)
William Hams .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Richard M. Kristy .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Willie D. Burton .... sound mixer (as Willie Burton)
Michael Colgan .... supervising sound editor
Laurey Condon .... assistant sound editor
Les Fresholtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Don Higgins .... sound editor
Jerry Jacobson .... adr editor
Stephen Katz .... sound consultant
Marvin E. Lewis .... boom operator (as Marvin Lewis)
Michael Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
Arthur Piantadosi .... sound re-recording mixer
Fred Stafford .... sound editor
Colin Waddy .... sound editor
Jay Wertz .... sound editor
Robert W. Harris .... cableman (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
David Domeyer .... special effects
Larry L. Fuentes .... assistant special effects (as Larry Fuentes)
Chuck Gaspar .... special effects
James Kagel .... sculptor
Jeffrey A. Wischnack .... special effects technician
Woody Omens .... director of photography: special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Robert Blalack .... special optical effects (as Robbie Blalack)
Bran Ferren .... special visual effects
Louie Schwartzberg .... time lapse photography (as Lou Schwartzberg)
Jamie Shourt .... special optical effects
Max W. Anderson .... visual effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
M. James Arnett .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Garrett Brown .... Steadicam operator
James Glennon .... camera operator
Adam Glick .... set lighting technician
Barbara Hanania .... additional assistant camera: Boston
Gary Holt .... gaffer
Johnny E. Jensen .... first assistant camera (as John Jensen)
Carey Jones .... second assistant camera
Sal Martorano .... electrician
Morgan Renard .... still photographer
Bob Rose .... key grip (as Bobby Rose)
Chris Strong .... electrician
John Burrell .... electrician (uncredited)
Carl R. Gibson Jr. .... second grip (uncredited)
Larry Lydia .... company grip (uncredited)
Walter Nichols .... best boy (uncredited)
A.J. Robicheau .... electrician (uncredited)
Eric Smith .... electrician (uncredited)
Lynn Troupe .... company grip (uncredited)
Don Whipple .... dolly grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Stephen Kolzak .... additional casting (as Steve Kolzak)
Joel Thurm .... additional casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Darryl M. Athons .... costumer: men (as Darryl Athons)
Shanan Harrell .... costumer: women
 
Editorial Department
Cari Coughlin .... apprentice editor
Arthur W. Forney .... assistant editor
Paul Hamill .... post-production assistant: Cinema Research Corp.
Thomas Penick .... assistant editor
William J. Meshover .... second assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
John David Earnest .... orchestrator
Donald Harris .... music editor (as Don Harris)
Pierre Henry .... music excerpt: Voile d'Orphee
Christopher Keene .... conductor
Charles Morrow .... composer: additional music
Sheldon Shkolnik .... assistant to composer
John David Earnest .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Brian L. McCarty .... music playback (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... scoring mixer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Gina August .... driver
John M. Woodward .... transportation coordinator (as John Woodward)
Anthony Ardito .... driver: honeywagon (uncredited)
Ed Golab .... driver (uncredited)
Vern Jacobs .... driver (uncredited)
Charles Misere .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Fred Moshier .... driver (uncredited)
Ron Riner .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Scott Bartlett .... technical advisor
Richard Clark .... technical advisor
Carline Davis-Dyer .... script supervisor (as Cariline Davis-Dyer)
Jimsie Eason .... production associate
Richard Greenberg .... title designer
Christina Lear .... assistant to producer
Paul Pav .... location manager
Vivian Russell .... assistant: Mr. Russell (as Vivian Jolly)
David Sadava .... scientific advisor
Alan Shapiro .... production intern
Lee Stitch .... production secretary
Susan Tarr .... research assistant
John Cunningham Lilly .... scientific researcher (uncredited)
Bill Iiams .... general foreman (uncredited)
George Leslie .... production auditor (uncredited)
Craig Miller .... marketing consultant (uncredited)
Philip Sharpe .... effects technician (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
102 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby | 70 mm 6-Track (MegaSound encoding)

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Trivia:
This film was an early user of primitive CGI. The final transformation segments scanned in footage of William Hurt wearing Dick Smith's distorted bodysuits and added in the granular energy effect by computer. This film was also one of the first movies to use computer assistance to make rotoscope mattes (needed for both Hurt's and Blair Blown's transformation in the final sequence).See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The introductory story is set in 1967, but exterior shots of the streets shows a VW Rabbit and a Plymouth Volare, both 1970s cars.See more »
Quotes:
[First line]
Arthur Rosenberg:The tank itself was unusual in that it was vertical, and looked like an old boiler.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Basket Case (1982)See more »
Soundtrack:
Voile d'OrpheeSee more »

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67 out of 99 people found the following review useful.
Great Material, Artistically Handled, 15 December 2004
Author: DanIrish from Northwest US

If you are a thinker now, or grew up looking up at the stars and trying to figure out how the universe could just go on and on forever, this film is for you.

If you like boundaries, and the familiar you will not understand why this film was made, or why this film was made the way it was.

Chayefsky's material is brilliant, and challenging. Russell's approach is startling; more like abstract expressionism than any kind of realism. The performances, especially by Blair Brown and William Hurt are raw and completely authentic.

From start to finish, this film is fascinating, original and consistently realized.

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