Awakenings (1990)

Dr. Malcolm Sayer, a shy research physician, uses an experimental drug to "awaken" the catatonic victims of a rare disease. Leonard is the first patient to receive the controversial treatment. His awakening, filled with awe and enthusiasm, proves a rebirth for Sayer too, as the exuberant patient reveals life's simple but unutterably sweet pleasures to the introverted doctor.

Directing:
  • Penny Marshall

Writing:
  • Steven Zaillian
  • Oliver Sacks

Stars:
Release Date: 1990-12-04
metacritic icon 8.7/10
themoviedb icon 7.7/10
  • Country: US
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 120
  • Revenue: $52,096,475
Laurence Fishburne
Laurence Fish...
Orderly
Alice Drummond
Alice Drummon...
Lucy Fishman
Robert De Niro
Robert De Nir...
Leonard Lowe
John Christopher Jones
John Christop...
Dr. Sullivan
Max von Sydow
Max von Sydow
Dr. Peter Ingham
Vin Diesel
Vin Diesel
Hospital Orderly (Uncredited)
Robin Williams
Robin William...
Dr. Malcolm Sayer
Julie Kavner
Julie Kavner
Eleanor Costello
Ruth Nelson
Ruth Nelson
Mrs. Lowe
John Heard
John Heard
Dr. Kaufman
Penelope Ann Miller
Penelope Ann...
Paula
Judith Malina
Judith Malina
Rose
Barton Heyman
Barton Heyman
Bert
George Martin
George Martin
Frank
Anne Meara
Anne Meara
Miriam
Richard Libertini
Richard Liber...
Sidney
Dexter Gordon
Dexter Gordon
Rolando
Yusef Bulos
Yusef Bulos
Joseph
Steven Randazzo
Steven Randaz...
Luis
Mary Alice
Mary Alice
Nurse Margaret
Keith Diamond
Keith Diamond
Anthony
Steve Vinovich
Steve Vinovic...
Ray
Tiger Haynes
Tiger Haynes
Janitor
Bradley Whitford
Bradley Whitf...
Dr. Tyler
Peter Stormare
Peter Stormar...
Neurochemist
Charles Keating
Charles Keati...
Mr. Kean
Mel Gorham
Mel Gorham
Nurse Sara
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