Awakenings [P&S] [DVD] [1990]

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (87 out of 88)

    Synopsis


    Awakenings
    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



    Customer rating

    4.7
    99%
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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Time to awaken

      Posted
      Jeanie
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      an encephalitis epidemic leaves the victims in a catatonic state in a facility. Robert DeNiro is a patient and Robin Williams is a new physician. Williams finds a drug which will allow them to be revived ... some for a long time and some very temporary. The struggle Williams has to overcome the politics behind doing something different is powerful...he learns to overcome some of his own withdrawn dynamics.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A classic must have for your Blu-ray collection.

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      Mrjoker20000000
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      This is a sad movie but you'll learn to appreciate it Robin Williams is both exciting and sad to watch Robert De Niro puts out what I think is one of his best performance other than the Godfather two. It's based on a true story and It will makes you appreciate life by the end of it definitely recommend it it gets five stars for me and I'm not over selling it enjoy.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Movie

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      TerryF975
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      As always promised by such outstanding actors as Robin Williams and Robert Deniro, this was a terrific movie. Wonderful story line filled with very believe able and interesting characters. Having this based on a true story, makes the telling all that much more interesting. Well worth adding to your collection of 5 star movies.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Amazing acting by DeNiro and Williams!

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      AmyM
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      I don't think there has been a time since seeing this movie when I haven't asked myself what must be going through the minds of those trapped inside "locked-up" bodies. It definitely had an impact on my perception of others and promoted many great discussions with those I watched it with.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Thought Provoking

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      Zackman
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      I found this to be very engaging. My friend was right on target when he suggested I purchase this film. After watching once, I look forward to the next viewing. As with most movies the second time I watch I find things I missed.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A True Story

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      VioletJ
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      If you have not seen this marvelous movie, starring Robin Williams and Robert DiNiro, do yourself a favor and but a copy. It is based on a true story, and you will watch it more than once. Highly recommended.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Very underrated

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      BigJ
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      This is a very underrated film directed by Penny Marshal & starring Robin Williams & Robert Deniro. An all time favorite of mine.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Touching Story

      Posted
      kevman79

      Based on a true story, this film is very touching and displays excellent performances by both Robin Williams and Robert De Niro. Widescreen, but sadly no bonus material.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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