Awakenings

Awakenings

DVD - 1997
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Dr. Malcolm Sayer (Robin Williams) is a shy research physician who uses an experimental drug to "awaken" the catatonic victims of a rare disease. The awakening of the first patient proves a rebirth for the doctor, too, as the patient reveals life's simple but sweet pleasures to the introverted doctor. Encouraged by Leonard's stunning recovery, Sayer administers the drug to other patients.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Video Chatsworth, CA : Distributed by Image Entertainment, Inc., c1997
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 122 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Credits: Director of photography, Miroslav Ondricek ; editors, Jerry Greenberg, Battle Davis ; music, Randy Newman ; production designer, Anton Furst ; costume designer, Cynthia Flynt ; executive producers, Penny Marshall, Arne Schmidt, Elliot Abbott.
Performers: Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, John Heard, Julie Kavner, Penelope Ann Miller, Ruth Nelson, Max Von Sydow, Anne Meara, Dexter Gordon, George Martin, Alice Drummond.
Audience: MPAA rating: PG-13
Language Note: Dialogue in English with optional soundtracks in French and Spanish and optional subtitles in Spanish; closed-captioned in English for the hearing impaired
UPC: 014381681925
Call Number: DVD A

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HowardWilliams
Oct 14, 2015

Worthwhile to read the autobiography by Sacks as well as view the movie. The book puts the film in context.

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Britty346
Feb 09, 2015

This movie was touching and inspiring. So far I think this is one of Robert DeNiro's most spellbinding roles. He captured the disorder so well that I believed it! Robin Williams did a wonderful job too. I was sad to watch him play this role and to think this amazing actor has passed away.
This movie made me appreciate life and have compassion for those who can't do the everyday things we take for granted.

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rslade
Sep 11, 2014

Heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time.

RitaRoberts Dec 17, 2011

Lelia - not for kids

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