History Film / AlteredStates

1st Feb '16 5:01:20 AM AnotherGuy
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* RagingStiffie: In the novel, Eddie experiences an erection "as big as a house" when he sees Emily. He'd gone without sex for months prior to that.
31st Dec '15 7:38:31 AM CountMontoni
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** The film ''BeyondTheBlackRainbow'' takes clear aesthetic inspiration from ''Altered States'', but with a much more skeptical take on its themes, where a similar experiment is shown to have been the main antagonist's StartOfDarkness.
13th Jul '15 2:14:38 PM bt8257
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* DawsonCasting: Then 33-ish year old Blair Brown plays a 24-year old Emily at the start of the film and presumably by the end of the film is playing closer to her real age. She's also meant to be somewhat younger than Eddie but in real life Blair Brown is actually 4 years older than William Hurt.



* PopculturalOsmosis: The special effects of the hallucinatory sequences have been used for Album covers, parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', and the sliding title effect was copied by James Cameron for ''Film/TheTerminator''.

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* PopculturalOsmosis: PopCulturalOsmosis: The special effects of the hallucinatory sequences have been used for Album covers, parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', and the sliding title effect was copied by James Cameron for ''Film/TheTerminator''.
17th Jun '15 8:09:15 AM mlsmithca
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''AlteredStates'' is a 1980 film (which some have called a vicarious LSD Experience) by directed by KenRussell (who took up the project of adapting Paddy Chayefsky's novel for the screen after the first director quit due to creative differences with Chayefsky).

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''AlteredStates'' ''Altered States'' is a 1980 film (which some have called a vicarious LSD Experience) by directed by KenRussell Creator/KenRussell (who took up the project of adapting Paddy Chayefsky's novel for the screen after the first director quit due to creative differences with Chayefsky).



* HollywoodScience: De-Evolution, Lego Genetics
* HotScientist: Eddie's girlfriend and later, wife, Emily (played by Blair Brown)

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* HollywoodScience: De-Evolution, Lego Genetics
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* HotScientist: Eddie's girlfriend and later, wife, Emily (played by Blair Brown)Brown).



*** J. J. Abrahms must be a fan of this movie: the pilot of ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' is loaded with homages to ''AlteredStates'' in the form of Dr. Walter Bishop's shady history as a mad scientist. Even their last names are similar. Elements of Bishop's character may have been inspired by Jessop.

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*** ** J. J. Abrahms Abrams must be a fan of this movie: the pilot of ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' is loaded with homages to ''AlteredStates'' ''Altered States'' in the form of Dr. Walter Bishop's shady history as a mad scientist. Even their last names are similar. Elements of Bishop's character may have been inspired by Jessop.



* TeenGenius: Eddie and Emily were both implied to be these; they received their [=PhD=]'s at 25 and 24, respectively.


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* TeenGenius: Eddie and Emily were both implied to be these; they received their [=PhD=]'s at 25 and 24, respectively.
17th Mar '15 5:34:17 PM nombretomado
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*** J. J. Abrahms must be a fan of this movie: the pilot of ''{{Fringe}}'' is loaded with homages to ''AlteredStates'' in the form of Dr. Walter Bishop's shady history as a mad scientist. Even their last names are similar. Elements of Bishop's character may have been inspired by Jessop.

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*** J. J. Abrahms must be a fan of this movie: the pilot of ''{{Fringe}}'' ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' is loaded with homages to ''AlteredStates'' in the form of Dr. Walter Bishop's shady history as a mad scientist. Even their last names are similar. Elements of Bishop's character may have been inspired by Jessop.
21st Dec '14 2:09:12 PM HersheleOstropoler
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* DawsonCasting: Then 33-going-on-34 year old Blair Brown plays a 24-year old Emily at the start of the film and presumably by the end of the film is playing closer to her real age. She's also meant to be somewhat younger than Eddie but in real life Blair Brown is actually 4 years older than William Hurt.

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* DawsonCasting: Then 33-going-on-34 33-ish year old Blair Brown plays a 24-year old Emily at the start of the film and presumably by the end of the film is playing closer to her real age. She's also meant to be somewhat younger than Eddie but in real life Blair Brown is actually 4 years older than William Hurt.
11th Jun '14 5:16:04 AM SeptimusHeap
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** The music video of {{A-ha}}'s "Take On Me" followed the scene where Eddie Jessup is slamming himself against the wall to break out of his manifested altered state and return to normal reality, only in the video the guy was trying to slam himself out of a sketched self into reality. Both were motivated by the PowerOfLove.

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** The music video of {{A-ha}}'s Music/{{Aha}}'s "Take On Me" followed the scene where Eddie Jessup is slamming himself against the wall to break out of his manifested altered state and return to normal reality, only in the video the guy was trying to slam himself out of a sketched self into reality. Both were motivated by the PowerOfLove.
22nd Nov '13 6:39:21 PM billthetaylor
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* DawsonCasting: Then 33-going-on-34 year old Blair Brown plays a 24-year old Emily at the start of the film and presumably by the end of the film is playing closer to her real age. She's also meant to be somewhat younger than Eddie but in real life Blair Brown is actually 4 years older than William Hurt.
21st Nov '13 7:23:26 PM billthetaylor
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* TheCutie: Subverted by Blair Brown as Emily, who as a [=PhD=] in physical anthropology (she seems to be largely a primatologist or a behaviorist) still dresses like a teenager in TheSixties. Hoewever, she's a genius, and her relationship with Eddie Jessup is as much intellectual as it is sexual. She also spends a good deal of time in Africa... studying baboons, which is not the most glorious fieldwork.

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* TheCutie: Subverted by Blair Brown as Emily, who as a [=PhD=] in physical anthropology (she seems to be largely a primatologist or a behaviorist) and mother of two small daughters still dresses like a teenager in TheSixties. Hoewever, she's a genius, and her relationship with Eddie Jessup is as much intellectual as it is sexual. She also spends a good deal of time in Africa... studying baboons, which is not the most glorious fieldwork.


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* HeroesWantRedheads: Well calling him a "hero" is a bit much but Eddie still wants Emily in the end.
21st Nov '13 6:15:26 PM billthetaylor
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The film takes places over several years, following the life of Eddie Jessup (Creator/WilliamHurt), a brilliant research scientist who believes that altered states of consciousness are as real as every day reality, and investigates the religious experience in schizophrenics. He and his friend and fellow scientist Arthur, played by Bob Balaban, experiment with altered states of consciousness using isolation tank studies. Jessup marries a HotScientist (hot physical anthropologist, actually), Emily, played by Blair Brown. They have a child together, but the marriage is strained by her groundedness and his wild, out-there intellectual passions.

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The film takes places over several years, following the life of Eddie Jessup (Creator/WilliamHurt), a brilliant research scientist who believes that altered states of consciousness are as real as every day reality, and investigates the religious experience in schizophrenics. He and his friend and fellow scientist Arthur, played by Bob Balaban, experiment with altered states of consciousness using isolation tank studies. Jessup marries a HotScientist (hot physical anthropologist, actually), Emily, played by Blair Brown. They have a child two daughters together, but the marriage is strained by her groundedness and his wild, out-there intellectual passions.


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* MrFanservice: William Hurt in his prime.
* MsFanservice: Blair Brown as Emily. Her nude scenes are quite delicious and the film even ends with her naked in a hallway held by an equally undressed William Hurt.
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