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Altered States

1980 Rated R 1hr 44m

Harvard scientist Eddie Jessup's (William Hurt) mind-altering experiments on himself, involving a hallucinatory drug and an isolation chamber, get out of control when his handiwork shuttles him back and forth on the evolutionary spectrum -- from human to ape-man. Equal parts sci-fi actioner, 1960s psychedelic trip and farce, the film was based on a Paddy Chayefsky novel and received Oscar nominations for music and sound. Blair Brown co-stars.

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Movie Details

1981 Academy Award®
  • Best Sound nominee
  • Best Music Score nominee
Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
Screen formats

Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1


English, French

Closed captioned


Language and sound

English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround

Other features

English and French sound in Dolby 5.1 and 2.0, respectively, as well as subtitles. There's the original trailer, TV spots, and extensive cast/crew info -- including some well-done scientific background on some of the film's concepts.