Awakenings (1990)

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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.

Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 88% / Audience 89%

Rated PG-13,  2 hr 0 mins

Penny Marshall
Robert De Niro  •  Robin Williams  •  Julie Kavner  •  Ruth Nelson

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