Awakenings

Directed by Penny Marshall
Starring Robin Williams

Columbia TriStar Home Video | November 29, 2001 | DVD

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This moving film directed by Penny Marshall tells the true story of an introverted young neurosurgeon who joins the Bronx Hospital to watch over comatose patients... only to discover that these patients are closer to life than anyone realises. Robin Williams is the doctor and Robert De Niro is a patient who regains consciousness after a 30-year coma in Awakenings. The film works wonderfully as a poignant and triumphant human drama, but it's also a fascinating look at the workings of the human brain, and the applications of biochemistry in patient care.

Video Release: November 29, 2001

Theatrical Release: 1990

Runtime: 120

Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)

Studio: Columbia TriStar Home Video

UPC: 043396505698

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Awakenings

Awakenings

Directed by Penny Marshall
Starring Robin Williams

Video Release: November 29, 2001

Theatrical Release: 1990

Runtime: 120

Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)

Studio: Columbia TriStar Home Video

UPC: 043396505698


Edition Description
  • Dolby Surround, Dolby Surround
  • Closed Captioned
  • Colour, Color
  • Runtime: 120 minutes
  • NTSC (Canada and USA)
  • Wide Screen
  • Originally in English
  • Released in English

Synopsis

A pioneering neurologist wants to take a risk and give his patients who suffer from encephalitis a drug used for Parkinson's Disease. He tries it out on one man who miraculously wakes from his perpetual catatonic state. After his initial success, the hospital staff allows him to "wake" the other patients on the ward, who all make remarkable recoveries. But the "miracle" proves fleeting as, one by one, the patients return to their solitary, trance-like worlds.

Description

Based on the true story of a research physician who uses an experimental drug to "awaken" the catatonic victims of a rare sleeping sickness. The first patient to receive the drug (De Niro in an astounding performance) is filled with awe and enthusiasm that teaches the introverted doctor to value life's simple pleasures. Academy Award Nominations: 3, including Best Picture, Best Actor--Robert De Niro, Best (Adapted) Screenplay.

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