Altered States (1980)

7.5 / Rated by 2 people

103 min.
Plot  Edward Jessup is a university professor of abnormal psychology who, while studying schizophrenia, begins to think that "our other states of consciousness are as real as our waking states." Jessup begins experimenting with sensory deprivation using a flotation tank, aided by two like-minded researchers, Parrish and Rosenberg. At a faculty party he meets fellow "wonder kid" Emily and the two eventually marry.

When Edward hears of a Mexican tribe that experiences shared illusion states, he travels to Mexico to participate in what is apparently an Ayahuasca Ceremony. During the walk into the bush his guide states that the indigenous tribe they are meeting works with ''Amanita muscaria'' which they are collecting for next year's ceremonies. An indigenous elder is seen with ''Banisteriopsis caapi'' root in his hand prior to cutting Jessup's hand, adding blood to the mixture he is preparing. Immediately after consumption Edward experiences bizarre, intense imagery. He returns to the ...



William Hurt
Dr. Edward "Eddie" Jessup
Blair Brown
Emily Jessup
Bob Balaban
Arthur Rosenberg
Charles Haid
Mason Parrish
Thaao Penghlis
Eduardo Echeverria
Drew Barrymore
Margaret Jessup
John Larroquette
X-Ray technician
George Gaynes
Dr. Wissenschaft
Jack Murdock
Hector Orteco


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Altered States
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United States




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