Director: Penny Marshall Cast: Robin Williams, Robert De Niro, Julie Kavner
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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. Julie Kavner and John Heard also star.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/21/1994
UPC: 0043396505636
Original Release: 1990

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robin Williams Dr. Malcolm Sayer
Robert De Niro Leonard Lowe
Julie Kavner Eleanor Costello
Ruth Nelson Mrs. Lowe
John Heard Dr. Kaufman
Penelope Ann Miller Paula
Alice Drummond Lucy
Waheedah Ahmad Hysterical Woman
Tanya Berezin Psychiatrist
Oliver Block 1st Leonard's Friend
Adam Bryant Librarian
Yusef Bulos Joseph
Linda Burns Fishsticks
Chris Carolan EEG Technician
Keith Diamond Anthony
Le Clanche DuRand Magda
Rico Elias 1st Orderly
Laura Esterman Lolly
Gwyllum Evans Desmond
Howard Feller Patient, 5th Ward
Shane Fistell Man in the Hall
Dexter Gordon Rolando
Mel Gorham Nurse Sara
Gloria Harper Dottie
Tiger Haynes Janitor
Jayne Haynes Frances
Barton Heyman Bert
Christina Huertes Christina
Michael Hyde Bus Driver
Judy Jacksina Hospital Receptionist
John Jones Dr. Sullivan
Charles Keating Mr. Kean
Debra Kovner-Zaks Cafeteria Nurse
Richard Libertini Sidney
Joan E. MacIntosh Teacher
Judith Malina Rose
George Martin Frank
Mary Alice Nurse Margaret
Anthony McGowen Patient, 5th Ward
Anne Meara Miriam
Harvey Miller Hospital Director
Paul Montgomery Patient, 5th Ward
Anthony J. Nici Young Leonard Lowe
Tomislav Novakovic Bartender
Vincent Pastore Patient, 5th Ward
Max Rabinowitz Orderly, 5th Ward
Steve Randazzo Luis
Max Raven Head Ward Orderly
Buck Smith 2nd Leonard's Friend
Peter Stormare Neurochemist
Max von Sydow Dr. Peter Ingham
Gary Tacon George, Security Guard
Leonard Tepper Patient, 5th Ward
Libby Titus Club Singer
Byron Utley Patient, 5th Ward
Steve Vinovich Ray
Gordon Joseph Weiss Patient, 5th Ward
Bradley Whitford Dr. Tyler
Mary Catherine Wright Nurse Beth

Technical Credits
Penny Marshall Director,Producer
Elliot Abbott Producer
Battle Davis Editor
George De Titta Set Decoration/Design
Cynthia Flynt Costumes/Costume Designer
Anton Furst Production Designer
Jerry Greenberg Editor
Bill Groom Art Director
Ilona Herman Makeup
Jere Huggins Editor
Lawrence Lasker Producer
Les Lazarowitz Sound/Sound Designer
Amy Lemisch Associate Producer
Bernadette Mazur Makeup
Randy Newman Score Composer
Miroslav Ondrícek Cinematographer
Walter Parkes Producer
Oliver Sacks Source Author
Arne Schmidt Producer
Paul W. Shapiro Screenwriter
Steven Zaillian Screenwriter

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Awakenings 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is one of the few movies based on actual events that I really enjoyed. Because it is a true story, it is not only entertaining but also educational. In my opinion, Robin Williams gave one of his best performance in this movie. He captured so well the essence of being a philantropic doctor, who is frustrated with life's injustice, touched by the patients, recovery, motivated to surge on to find a cure for his patiens' illness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago