Altered States


1h 42m 1980

Brief Synopsis

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

Film Details

Also Known As
Au-delà du réel, Experimentet
MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1980
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Cinema Research Corporation; Laser Media Inc; Optical House Inc; R/Greenberg Associates; Warner Bros. Pictures
Distribution Company
Columbia-Emi-Warner; Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 42m

Synopsis

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.

Crew

James M Arnett

Stunts

Darryl Athons

Costumes (Men)

Stuart Baird

Associate Producer

Scott Bartlett

Technical Consultant

Robert Blalack

Special Optical Effects

Willie Burton

Sound Recording Mixer

Paddy Chayefsky

Screenplay (Credited As Sidney Aaron)

Paddy Chayefsky

Source Material (From Novel)

Michael Colgan

Sound Editor Supervisor

John Corigliano

Music

Jordan Cronenweth

Director Of Photography

Jordan Cronenweth

Dp/Cinematographer

Gary Daigler

Assistant Director

Cariline Davis-dyer

Script Supervisor

John David Earnest

Original Music

Bran Ferren

Special Visual Effects

Howard Feuer

Casting

Arthur Forney

Assistant Editor

Les Fresholtz

Sound Rerecording Mixer

Chuck Gaspar

Special Effects

James Glennon

Camera Operator

Howard Gottfried

Producer

Syd Greenwood

Props

Michael Hancock

Makeup

Shannan Harrell

Costumes (Women)

Donald Harris

Music Editor

Pierre Henry

Music Extract ("Voile D'Orphee")

Don Higgins

Sound Editor

Jeffrey Howard

Art Direction Assistant

Joseph Hurley

Illustrator

Eric Jenkins

Editor

Stephen Katz

Sound Consultant

Christopher Keene

Music Director

Richard Macdonald

Production Designer

Daniel Melnick

Executive Producer

Michael Minkler

Sound Rerecording Mixer

Ruth Myers

Costumes

Paul Pav

Location Manager

Thomas Penick

Assistant Editor

Arthur Piantadosi

Sound Rerecording Mixer

Morgan Renard

Stills

Jeremy Ritzer

Casting

Bob Rose

Key Grip

Thomas Roysden

Set Decorator

Peter Schindler

Assistant Director

Louis Schwartzberg

Time-Lapse Photography

James Shourt

Special Optical Effects

Dave Silver

Unit Production Manager

Dick Smith

Special Makeup

Fred Stanford

Sound Editor

Lee Stitch

Other

Susan Tarr

Research Assistant

Dione Taylor

Hairstyles

Colin Waddy

Sound Editor

Jay Wertz

Sound Editor

Film Details

Also Known As
Au-delà du réel, Experimentet
MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1980
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Cinema Research Corporation; Laser Media Inc; Optical House Inc; R/Greenberg Associates; Warner Bros. Pictures
Distribution Company
Columbia-Emi-Warner; Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 42m

Award Nominations

Best Score

1980

Best Sound

1980

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Winter December 1, 1980

Released in United States December 25, 1980

Released in USA on video.

Released in United States Winter December 1, 1980

Released in United States December 25, 1980