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By opening one man's eyes to the world... he opened his own. Robert De Niro (in an Oscar-nominated performance) and Robin Williams star in this powerful, true story of a maverick doctor and the patients whose lives he changes. Williams plays Dr. Malcolm Sayer, a shy research physician who uses an experimental drug to "awaken" the catatonic victims of a rare disease. De Niro co-stars as Leonard, 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. Encouraged by Leonard's stunning recovery, Sayer administers the drug to the other patients. The story of their friendship during this emotional journey is a testament to both the tenderness of the human heart and the strength of the human soul.
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: Elevated by some of Robin Williams' finest non-comedic work and a strong performance from Robert De Niro, Awakenings skirts the edges of melodrama, then soars above it.
The New Republic
Williams gives his best "straight" performance, shorn of all his marvelous manic vaudeville. The m...
June 25, 2017
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media
Common Sense Says
Robin Williams plays it serious in moving true story.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a moving story and may be tough on sensitive viewers.
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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
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- Release Date:December 20, 1990
- Audio Format:5.1
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