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.
|Release Date||:||December 19, 1990|
|Production Company||:||Parkes/Lasker productions|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Director||:||Penny Marshall, Sheila Paige, Tony Gittelson, Glen Trotiner|
|Writers||:||Steven Zaillian, Oliver Sacks|
|Casts||:||Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, John Heard, Julie Kavner, Penelope Ann Miller, Ruth Nelson, Max von Sydow, Anne Meara, Dexter Gordon, George Martin, Alice Drummond, Richard Libertini, Laura Esterman, Barton Heyman, Judith Malina, Mary Alice, Keith Diamond, Bradley Whitford, John Christopher Jones, Mary Catherine Wright, Jayne Haynes, Le Clanché du Rand, Yusef Bulos, Steven Randazzo, Gloria Harper, Gwyllum Evans, Steve Vinovich, Tiger Haynes, Harvey Miller, Tanya Berezin, Peter Stormare, Shane Fistell, Waheedah Ahmad, Charles Keating, Christina Huertes, Linda Burns, Judy Jacksina, Gary Tacon, Rico Elias, Mel Gorham, Chris Carolan, Debra Kovner-Zaks, Vin Diesel|
|Plot Keywords||:||coma, based on novel, experiment, miracle, frustration, hope, based on true story, hospital, illness, woman director, comatose|
Penny Marshall's Awakenings is a very emotional movie and heartwarming to say the least. Marshall has out done herself with this picture. The movie is a masterpiece. Robin Williams is great and Robert De Niro should have won the Oscar for his performance in this movie. De Niro hits every note perfectly and shows why he is the greatest actor of his generation. The movie is well written by Steven Zaillian and Penny Marshall did a super job. Bring a hankerchief to this one.