Awakenings

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1969. Dr. Malcolm Sayer is hired as a clinical physician at a psychiatric hospital in the Bronx, despite he only having a research background. The job is not ideal on his side as he has difficulties relating to people which is the reason he has focused on research projects not involving human subjects, while the hospital hires him somewhat out of desperation in not finding anyone else with the qualifications who wants the job. Most of his patients are in a semi-catatonic state and are housed in what some of the orderlies coin the "garden" ward, where all they can do for the patients is water and feed them. He notices that some of the patients, despite their generally catatonic state, respond in unusual ways to certain stimuli. In doing some research, he also finds that some common bonds between these patients are that they suffered from encephalitis in the 1920s or 1930s, and that their physical states are like they have Parkinson's disease frozen in time. As such, he is able to ...

Director: Penny Marshall
Writer: Oliver Sacks (book), Steven Zaillian (screenplay)
Production: N/A
Year: 1990
MetaScore: 74/100
ImdbRating: 7.8
BoxOffice: N/A
Released: 11 Jan 1991
Awards: Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 8 nominations.


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Leonard Lowe - Robert De Niro
Dr. Malcolm Sayer - Robin Williams
Eleanor Costello - Julie Kavner
Mrs. Lowe - Ruth Nelson
Dr. Kaufman - John Heard
Miriam - Anne Meara
Rolando - Dexter Gordon
Frances - Jayne Haynes
Magda (as Le Clanche Du Rand) - Le Clanché du Rand
Joseph - Yusef Bulos
Luis (as Steve Randazzo) - Steven Randazzo
Dottie - Gloria Harper
Desmond - Gwyllum Evans
Nurse Margaret - Mary Alice
Anthony - Keith Diamond
Janitor - Tiger Haynes
Dr. Sullivan - John Christopher Jones
Dr. Tyler - Bradley Whitford
Dr. Peter Ingham - Max von Sydow
Hospital Director - Harvey Miller
Psychiatrist - Tanya Berezin
Neurochemist - Peter Stormare
Man in Hall - Shane Fistell
Hysterical Woman - Waheedah Ahmad
Mr. Kean - Charles Keating
Christina - Christina Huertes
Fishsticks - Linda Burns
Hospital Receptionist - Judy Jacksina
George, Security Guard - Gary Tacon
Orderly #1 - Rico Elias
Nurse Sara - Mel Gorham
EEG Technician - Chris Carolan
Cafeteria Nurse - Debra Kovner-Zaks
Ward #5 Orderly - Max Rabinowitz
Ward #5 Patient - Gordon Joseph Weiss
Ward #5 Patient #2 - Byron Utley
Ward #5 Patient #3 - Anthony McGowen
Ward #5 Patient #4 - Paul Montgomery
Ward #5 Patient #5 - Leonard Tepper
Ward #5 Patient #6 - Vincent Pastore
Ward #5 Patient #7 - Howard Feller
Club Singer - Libby Titus
Bus Driver - Michael Hyde
Bartender - Tomislav Novakovic
Librarian - Adam Bryant
Young Leonard - Anthony J. Nici
Leonard's Friend #1 - Oliver Block
Leonard's Friend #2 - Buck Smith
Medical Student - Harry L. Seddon
Hospital Orderly - Vin Diesel
Neighborhood Girl - Heather Rose Dominic
Patient on Film - Tom Farrell
Orderly - Michael Hurley
Secretary in Board Room - Doris McCarthy
Intern on Psych Ward - Jack Mulcahy
Mother in Subway - Sherry Pagán
Man Hit with Ball - Jan Saint