Awakenings [Blu-ray] [1990]

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Based on a true story as related by neurologist Oliver Sacks, Awakenings stars Robin Williams as the Sacks counterpart, here named Dr. Malcolm Sayer. Something of a klutz and naif, Dr. Sayer takes a job at a Bronx psychiatric hospital in 1969. Here he's put in charge of several seemingly catatonic patients who, under Sayer's painstaking guidance, begin responding to certain stimulati. Apprised of the efficacy of a new drug called L-DOPA in treating degenerative-disease victims, Sayer is given permission to test the drug on one of his patients: Leonard Lowe (Robert De Niro), who has not communicated with anyone since lapsing into catatonia as a child. Gradually, Lowe comes out of his shell, encouraging Sayers to administer L-DOPA to the other patients under his care. Julie Kavner and John Heard also star. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Robin Williams
    Robin Williams - Dr. Malcolm Sayer
  • Robert De Niro
    Robert De Niro - Leonard Lowe
  • Julie Kavner
    Julie Kavner - Eleanor Costello
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    Ruth Nelson - Mrs. Lowe
  • John Heard
    John Heard - Dr. Kaufman

Overall Customer Rating

4.7 (74 Reviews)
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