Altered States

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Release Date: December 01, 1980Running Time: 102 mins.
MPAA Rating: R
Genre: Drama


William Hurt

Blair Brown

Bob Balaban

Charles Haid

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A professor in abnormal psychology who is studying schizophrenia develops a theory that other states of consciousness are as real as the waking state. He begins experimenting using sensory-deprivation and drugs on himself. This experimentation leads to extreme psychological and physical changes, at one point transforming him into a primitive man, and escalating until he is finally regressed into a mass of primordial matter. His wife intervenes before the professor de-evolves into a state of non-being, and he returns to his original, human form.