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    Awakenings

    Poster of the movie Awakenings
    Year1990
    Run time2h01m
    GenreDrama
    Directed byPenny Marshall
    Written byOliver Sacks, Steven Zaillian
    CompanyColumbia PicturesColumbia PicturesColumbia Pictures
    2 reviews9.5
    PG-13
    G
    Guide for parents: Rated PG-13 in the USA.
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    Guide for parents: Rated PG-13 in the USA.
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    Guide for parents: Rated PG-13 in the USA.
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    Guide for parents: Rated PG-13 in the USA.
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    Guide for parents: Rated PG-13 in the USA.
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    Guide for parents: Rated PG-13 in the USA.
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    Guide for parents: Rated PG-13 in the USA.

    Synopsis

    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.

    Starring

    Robert De Niro
    Robin Williams
    Julie Kavner
    John Heard
    Penelope Ann Miller
    Dexter Gordon
    Vin Diesel
    Bradley Whitford
    Vincent Pastore
    Peter Stormare
    Max von Sydow
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