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Awakenings (1990)

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Genres
Drama
Runtime
2h 1min

Cast

Robert De Niro
Leonard Lowe
Robin Williams
Malcolm Sayer
John Heard
Dr. Kaufman
Julie Kavner
Eleanor Costello
Ruth Nelson
Mrs. Lowe
Max von Sydow
Peter Ingham
Alice Drummond
Lucy Fishman
Mary Alice
Nurse Margaret
Harvey Miller
Hospital Director
Tanya Berezin
Psychiatrist
Peter Stormare
Neurochemist
Shane Fistell
Man in Hall
Waheedah Ahmad
Hysterical Woman
Linda Burns
Fishsticks
Judy Jacksina
Hospital Receptionist
Rico Elias
Orderly #1
Mel Gorham
Nurse Sara
Chris Carolan
EEG Technician
Debra Kovner-Zaks
Cafeteria Nurse
Vin Diesel
Hospital Orderly (Uncredited)
Max Rabinowitz
Ward #5 Orderly
Byron Utley
Ward #5 Patient #2
Anthony McGowen
Ward #5 Patient #3
Paul Montgomery
Ward #5 Patient #4
Leonard Tepper
Ward #5 Patient #5
Vincent Pastore
Ward #5 Patient #6
Howard Feller
Ward #5 Patient #7
Libby Titus
Club Singer
Michael Hyde
Bus Driver
Adam Bryant
Librarian
Anthony J. Nici
Young Leonard
Oliver Block
Leonard's Friend #1
Buck Smith
Leonard's Friend #2
Harry L. Seddon
Medical Student

Synopsis

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.

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