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Altered States

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Original title
Altered States
Year
Running time
102 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Paddy Chayefsky (Novel: Paddy Chayefsky)
Music
John Corigliano
Cinematography
Jordan Cronenweth
Cast
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Producer
Entertainment Warner Bros
Genre
Sci-Fi. Fantasy
Synopsis / Plot
It's the late 1960's. Just for a lark, graduate student Eddie Jessup, known for being unconventional, brilliant and slightly mad, conducts experiments with an isolation chamber, using himself as the subject. His experiences in the chamber cause him to hallucinate, much of the imagery being religious-based despite he not being a religious man. Seven years later, he is a respected full professor in the Harvard Medical School. Believing he has lost his edge and has fallen into an unwanted state of respectability, Eddie decides to resume his work with sensory deprivation, this time using hallucinogens, specifically untested ones used in mystical Mexican rituals, to enhance the experience of being in the isolation tank. After initial tests, he claims he entered an alternate physical and mental state. Although unbelieving of Eddie's claims, his colleagues Arthur Rosenberg and Mason Parrish, as well as Eddie's wife, Emily, who is in her own right a respected academic, are concerned for Eddie's well being. However, if Eddie's claims are indeed true, he could do irreparable harm to himself and others around him, especially if his altered states are uncontrollable.
Awards
1980: 2 nominations for Academy Award: Best Music, Best Sound.
1980: Golden Globes: Nominated for New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture - Male (William Hurt)
1980: Nominated for Golden Globe: New Star of the Year (William Hurt).
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