YMMV / Awakenings

  • Nightmare Fuel: See And I Must Scream. Think about it: these people have spent their entire lives in a statue-like state. They can't move, talk, or do anything on their own, but (other than that) their brain is still perfect.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Vin Diesel makes his film debut as a hospital orderly, although he was uncredited.
  • Tear Jerker: The scene where Dr. Sayer watches the home videos he and Leonard filmed showing Leonard's gradual deterioration back to catatonia.
  • Throw It In!: The famous shot of Lowe isolated on a rock off the beach was improvisation, partly because of the crowds that had gathered to watch filming.