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Awakenings (1990) Movie Information

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Penny Marshall


Robert De Niro
Robin Williams
Julie Kavner
Ruth Nelson
John Heard
Penelope Ann Miller





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There's a new doctor in the psychiatric hospital. And, he tries a new drug for his catatonic patients with miraculous effects. -- sapien

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Snoogans 09/12/2015 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Almost dips into a schmaltzy tone. Luckily, it's upheld by two strong convincing performances from De Niro and Williams. Manages to stratal the line of being uplifting and sad in equal measures. The catatonic illness is explored to fascinating discoveries. A fine drama.

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Yojimbo 06/05/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Another decent but over-rated melodrama starring Robin Williams. DeNiro adds presence and the story is a moving one, but it all could've been done with rather more subtlety.

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donkeyknight 05/03/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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It's memorable, but falls short of greatness. Williams in yet another wise doctor role (his two modes: wise bearded man, annoying man-child). DeNiro's seeming desire to imitate Dustin Hoffman's Rain Man success. The minor roles were cast so well (Marge Simpson was the best part of the movie) it's a shame that the two main actors are unable to make you forget you're watching Williams and DeNiro.

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mitchellyoung 09/28/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I liked the understated tempo of this film and the way it's more of a subtle character drama about small triumphs, rather than some epic, bloated tale (cough, cough Forrest Gump). Solid, solid film.

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Chris Kavan 10/06/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A good drama. The pairing of Robin Williams and De Niro works surprisingly well and the supporting cast is terrific. It's uplifting and tragic all at once - and that is something you rarely get out of any film.

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05/06/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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The overall premise is likened to Rain Man and One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest. Dr. Malcolm Sayer (Robin Williams) is an introvert Doctor who cares for encephalitis lethargica. One particular patient namely Leonard Lowe (Robert De Niro) proves that the patients can be cured. The soundtrack was well picked, artists as support were believable though the female support were uninteresting. Robert De Niro was the highlight with his spectacular method acting though Robin Williams was convincing, his role was not that entertaining enough. The two leads had screen chemistry and the direction was suffice. Something lacks however, which makes an everlasting imprint as one of the best films on the subject. Awakenings shows how one man is able to research extensively to find a cure, lost time,...

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