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About the Movie
By opening one man's eyes to the world... he opened his own. Robert De Niro (in an Oscar®-nominated performance) and Robin Williams star in this powerful, true story of a maverick doctor and the patients whose lives he changes. Williams plays Dr. Malcolm Sayer, a shy research physician who uses an experimental drug to "awaken" the catatonic victims of a rare disease. De Niro co-stars as Leonard, 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. Encouraged by Leonard's stunning recovery, Sayer administers the drug to the other patients. The story of their friendship during this emotional journey is a testament to both the tenderness of the human heart and the strength of the human soul.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 33
- Fresh: 29
- Rotten: 4
- Average Rating: 6.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Williams gives his best "straight" performance, shorn of all his marvelous manic vaudeville. The man he plays here is not a performer, which he was even in Dead Poets Society, but simply a man.
Fresh: a curiously-underloved film... Awakenings will get a re-evaluation in the wake of Williams' passing, and that's great. It's just a tragedy it took a tragedy to precipitate it.
Great feel good movie.. in the same vein as "Patch Adams". If you like flicks like "Pay it Forward" or "What Dreams May Come".. You'll love this movie.
This is one of the most beautiful movies that I have ever watched. It is tender and heart breaking, and will become one of your favorite movies, hands down.
Powerful and moving
Awakenings is an incredibly moving and emotionally touching film; the acting is unbelievable and the story is uniquely thought-provoking.
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 1990
- © 1990 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.