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Directed by Ken Russell

United States 1980 102 mins. In English

Based on the novel by Paddy Chayefsky, William Hurt stars as Edward Jessup, a psychologist who begins dabbling into research involving both psychedelic substances and sensory deprivation tanks. Upon encountering a substance known as First Flower while traveling in Mexico, Jessup self-administers the drug, experiencing hallucinations and visions verging on and eventually penetrating the real. “It opens at fever pitch and then starts soaring—into genetic fantasy, into a precognitive dream of delirium and delight.”—Richard Corliss, Time Magazine.