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Awakenings

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Penny Marshall

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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

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88%
  • 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. – Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic, Aug 15, 2014

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. – Simon Miraudo, Quickflix, Nov 2, 2014

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Customer Reviews

Holy Crap

We JUST saw this in Psychology last week. It was sooo good! Robin Williams is the best!!

Powerful and moving

Awakenings is an incredibly moving and emotionally touching film; the acting is unbelievable and the story is uniquely thought-provoking.

A MUST SEE!!!

OMG! This is the best movie ever! It makes me cry everytime I watch it, but in a good way! If you need a feel good movie, then this is it! You won't be dissapointed!