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Awakenings [DVD] (1990)

4.8 out of 5 stars 159 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Julie Kavner, Ruth Nelson, John Heard
  • Directors: Penny Marshall
  • Producers: Walter F. Parkes, Lawrence Lasker
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Dolby, Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Dec. 2007
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YN3LY0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,293 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Dr Malcolm Sayer (Robin Williams) is a shy neurologist and keen lover of earthworms and botany who accidentally wins a job at the New York Bainbridge Hospital looking after catatonics. He discovers, through sheer patience, hard work and experimentation, that the patients may be revivable, with one patient (Robert De Niro) responding to treatment after thirty years' 'sleep'.

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Based on the acclaimed book by neurologist Oliver Sacks, director Penny Marshall's hit 1990 drama Awakenings stars Robin Williams as Dr. Malcolm Sayer. Sayer is a neurologist who discovers that the drug L-Dopa can be used to "unlock" patients in a mental hospital from the mysterious sleeping sickness that has left them utterly immobilized. Leonard (Robert De Niro) is one such patient who awakens after being in a comatose state for 30 years, leaving Sayer to guide Leonard in adjusting to the world around him. Penelope Ann Miller costars as the daughter of another patient, with whom Leonard falls tenuously in love. Earning Oscar nominations for best picture, actor and screenplay, this moving fact-based drama was a hit with critics and audiences alike. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to the VHS Tape edition.

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Brilliant! No other word for it. What makes this movie is the fact it actually happened for real. Not only does it prove that miracles can happen but that two of Hollywood's finest actors Robin Williams and Robert De Nero can give an outstanding performance. This movie will certainly make you think and will pull on those heartstrings and quite rightly so!
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Amazing film, brilliant acting. Must see. I've watched it several times and it still moves me every time. About a Dr trying to treat patients with locked in syndrome. Robin Williams at his best but not how we usually see him. Please buy!
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A very touching performance from the late great Robin Williams - and Robert De Niro was excellent in the portrayal of his character. Highly recommended.
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Sad, funny heartbreaking amazing
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All good.
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5 stars thank you very much
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what I thought it would be
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Robin Williams and Robert DeNiro yet again demonstrate why they are at the top of their profession. This moving, sometimes harrowing, but ever engrossing movie contains some of DeNiro's most sublte and moving work, with Williams complementing him to an equally high standard.
It offers some very poignant reminders about what life is and how even the little little things shouldn't be taken for granted.
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