Dir. Penny Marshall. 1990, 121 mins. 35mm. With Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Julie Kavner. Based on neurologist Oliver Sacks’s memoir, Awakenings tells the story of a dedicated doctor—beautifully portrayed by Robin Williams—who discovers a drug that can bring patients out of catatonia, but realizes that these “awakenings” are only temporary. Roger Ebert called this “one of Robin Williams’s best performances, pure and uncluttered, without the ebullient distractions he sometimes adds.”
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