History Film / Awakenings

20th Feb '15 11:57:00 AM Morgenthaler
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''{{Awakenings}}'' is a 1990 drama film [[BasedOnATrueStory based on Oliver Sacks' memoir of the same name]]. It tells the true story of a doctor (Sacks, who is fictionalized as Malcolm Sayer, played by Creator/RobinWilliams) who, in 1969, discovers beneficial effects of the then-new drug L-Dopa. He applied it on catatonic patients who survived the 1917-1928 epidemic of encephalitis lethargica. Leonard Lowe (played by Creator/RobertDeNiro) and the rest of the patients were awakened after decades of catatonic state and have to deal with a new life in a new time.
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''{{Awakenings}}'' ''Awakenings'' is a 1990 drama film [[BasedOnATrueStory based on Oliver Sacks' memoir of the same name]]. It tells the true story of a doctor (Sacks, who is fictionalized as Malcolm Sayer, played by Creator/RobinWilliams) who, in 1969, discovers beneficial effects of the then-new drug L-Dopa. He applied it on catatonic patients who survived the 1917-1928 epidemic of encephalitis lethargica. Leonard Lowe (played by Creator/RobertDeNiro) and the rest of the patients were awakened after decades of catatonic state and have to deal with a new life in a new time.
10th Feb '15 10:56:00 PM MBI
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* NotThatKindOfDoctor: The film begins with Sayer showing up for a job interview, not realizing they're looking for someone to take care of patients; he's a researcher, not a clinician. He takes the job anyway.
21st Dec '14 8:48:59 AM redandready45
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** BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: But these people were able to enjoy their lives, and Sacks continued his success into the modern day]].

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* PyrrhicVictory: Even though the patients have been brought out of their catatonia [[spoiler: temporarily]], one patient is clearly upset about all the time he has lost. --> '''Anthony''': [cheerfully] How's it going? --> '''Frank''': How's it going? --> '''Anthony''': Yeah, how do you feel? --> '''Frank''': Well, my parents are dead. My wife is in an institution. My son has disappeared out west somewhere. --> ''(beat)'' --> '''Frank''': I feel old and I feel swindled, that's how I feel.
2nd Feb '14 12:08:42 PM m8e
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Directed by Penny Marshall, the film stars Creator/RobertDeNiro, Creator/RobinWilliams, JohnHeard, [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Julie Kavner]], Penelope Ann Miller, and [[Film/FlashGordon Max Von Sydow]]. The film has a cameo from jazz legend Dexter Gordon (who died before the film's release) who appears as a patient, and a then-unknown VinDiesel plays a hospital orderly.
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Directed by Penny Marshall, the film stars Creator/RobertDeNiro, Creator/RobinWilliams, JohnHeard, [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Julie Kavner]], Penelope Ann Miller, and [[Film/FlashGordon Max Von Sydow]].Creator/MaxVonSydow. The film has a cameo from jazz legend Dexter Gordon (who died before the film's release) who appears as a patient, and a then-unknown VinDiesel plays a hospital orderly.
21st Jan '14 4:01:59 AM LongLiveHumour
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''{{Awakenings}}'' is a 1990 drama film [[BasedOnATrueStory based on Oliver Sacks' memoir of the same name]]. It tells the true story of a doctor (Sacks, who is fictionalized as Malcolm Sayer, played by RobinWilliams) who, in 1969, discovers beneficial effects of the then-new drug L-Dopa. He applied it on catatonic patients who survived the 1917-1928 epidemic of encephalitis lethargica. Leonard Lowe (played by RobertDeNiro) and the rest of the patients were awakened after decades of catatonic state and have to deal with a new life in a new time. Directed by Penny Marshall, the film stars RobertDeNiro, RobinWilliams, JohnHeard, [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Julie Kavner]], Penelope Ann Miller, and [[Film/FlashGordon Max Von Sydow]]. The film has a cameo from jazz legend Dexter Gordon (who died before the film's release) who appears as a patient, and a then-unknown VinDiesel plays a hospital orderly.
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''{{Awakenings}}'' is a 1990 drama film [[BasedOnATrueStory based on Oliver Sacks' memoir of the same name]]. It tells the true story of a doctor (Sacks, who is fictionalized as Malcolm Sayer, played by RobinWilliams) Creator/RobinWilliams) who, in 1969, discovers beneficial effects of the then-new drug L-Dopa. He applied it on catatonic patients who survived the 1917-1928 epidemic of encephalitis lethargica. Leonard Lowe (played by RobertDeNiro) Creator/RobertDeNiro) and the rest of the patients were awakened after decades of catatonic state and have to deal with a new life in a new time. Directed by Penny Marshall, the film stars RobertDeNiro, RobinWilliams, Creator/RobertDeNiro, Creator/RobinWilliams, JohnHeard, [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Julie Kavner]], Penelope Ann Miller, and [[Film/FlashGordon Max Von Sydow]]. The film has a cameo from jazz legend Dexter Gordon (who died before the film's release) who appears as a patient, and a then-unknown VinDiesel plays a hospital orderly.
13th Aug '12 9:32:43 PM DanielCase
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Fish Out of Temporal Water
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* FishOutOfTemporalWater: When taken out after being revived, the catatonics are pleasantly surprised to find that Prohibition ended a long time ago, but less pleasantly surprised by how old they are now. In fact, many of them still act as if they were not just in the 20s but in ''their'' 20s.
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