Awakenings (1990)

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.

Directing:
  • Penny Marshall

Writing:
  • Steven Zaillian
  • Oliver Sacks

Stars:
Release Date: 1990-12-19
metacritic icon 8.7/10
themoviedb icon 7.5/10
  • Country: US
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 120
  • Revenue: $52,096,475
Max von Sydow
Max von Sydow
Dr. Peter Ingham
Laurence Fishburne
Laurence Fish...
Orderly
Mary Alice
Mary Alice
Nurse Margaret
Bradley Whitford
Bradley Whitf...
Dr. Tyler
Vin Diesel
Vin Diesel
Hospital Orderly (Uncredited)
Robert De Niro
Robert De Nir...
Leonard Lowe
John Heard
John Heard
Dr. Kaufman
Anne Meara
Anne Meara
Miriam
Peter Stormare
Peter Stormar...
Neurochemist
Alice Drummond
Alice Drummon...
Lucy Fishman
Penelope Ann Miller
Penelope Ann...
Paula
Julie Kavner
Julie Kavner
Eleanor Costello
Robin Williams
Robin William...
Dr. Malcolm Sayer
Ruth Nelson
Ruth Nelson
Mrs. Lowe
Judith Malina
Judith Malina
Rose
Barton Heyman
Barton Heyman
Bert
George Martin
George Martin
Frank
Richard Libertini
Richard Liber...
Sidney
Dexter Gordon
Dexter Gordon
Rolando
Keith Diamond
Keith Diamond
Anthony
John Christopher Jones
John Christop...
Dr. Sullivan
Charles Keating
Charles Keati...
Mr. Kean
Mel Gorham
Mel Gorham
Nurse Sara
Steve Vinovich
Steve Vinovic...
Ray