Awakenings

(1990)

Rated PG 13, 2 hours 1 Minute

Starring: Robin Williams and Robert De Niro

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A movie about a doctor who changes the life of his patients. B +

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Here is what the cover has to say:
Robert De Niro and Robin Williams star in this powerful, true story of a maverick doctor and the patients whose lives he changes. Williams plays Dr. Malcolm Sayer, a shy reserach physician who uses an experimental drug to "awaken" the catatonic victims of a rare disease. De Niro co-stars as Leonard, 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. Encouraged by Leonard's stunning recovery, Sayer adminsters the drug to the other patients. the story of their friendship during this emotional journey is a testament to both the tenderness fo the human heart and the strength of the human soul.

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