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Awakenings (20-Dec-1990)

Director: Penny Marshall

Writer: Steven Zaillian

Based on a book: The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks

Music by: Randy Newman

Producers: Walter F. Parkes; Lawrence Lasker

Keywords: Drama

Dr. Malcolm Sayer tests an experimental L-DOPA drug on Bronx patients suffering encephalitis lethargica (a rare brain infection), making catatonic subjects once again active. Based on the true memoirs of Dr. Oliver Sacks, though with numerous details changed. Simultaneously heartwarming and heartbreaking film. Received Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Adaptation.

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Mary Alice
Actor
3-Dec-1941   The Matrix Revolutions
Robert De Niro
Actor
17-Aug-1943   The Godfather: Part II
Dexter Gordon
Jazz Musician
27-Feb-1923 25-Apr-1990 Influential bop saxophonist
John Heard
Actor
7-Mar-1945   The Pelican Brief
Julie Kavner
Actor
7-Sep-1950   Marge on The Simpsons
Richard Libertini
Actor
21-May-1933   The In-Laws
Judith Malina
Actor
4-Jun-1926   Co-Founder, The Living Theatre
Anne Meara
Comic
20-Sep-1929   Stiller and Meara
Penelope Ann Miller
Actor
13-Jan-1964   Big-Top Pee Wee
Ruth Nelson
Actor
2-Aug-1905 12-Sep-1992 Awakenings
Vincent Pastore
Actor
14-Jul-1946   Big Pussy on The Sopranos
Peter Stormare
Actor
27-Aug-1953   Ran the woodchipper in Fargo
Max von Sydow
Actor
10-Apr-1929   The Exorcist
Bradley Whitford
Actor
10-Oct-1959   The West Wing
Robin Williams
Comic
21-Jul-1952   Mork from Ork

CAST

Robert De Niro   ...   Leonard Lowe
Robin Williams   ...   Dr. Malcolm Sayer
John Heard   ...   Dr. Kaufman
Julie Kavner   ...   Eleanor Costello
Penelope Ann Miller   ...   Paula
Ruth Nelson   ...   Mrs. Lowe
and
Max von Sydow   ...   Dr. Peter Ingham
Anne Meara   ...   Miriam
Dexter Gordon   ...   Rolando
George Martin   ...   Frank
Alice Drummond   ...   Lucy
Richard Libertini   ...   Sidney
Laura Esterman   ...   Lolly
Barton Heyman   ...   Bert
Judith Malina   ...   Rose
Mary Alice   ...   Nurse Margaret
Keith Diamond   ...   Anthony
Bradley Whitford   ...   Dr. Tyler
John Christopher Jones   ...   Dr. Sullivan
Mary Catherine Wright   ...   Nurse Beth
Jayne Haynes   ...   Frances
Le Clanche du Rand   ...   Magda
Yusef Bulos   ...   Joseph
Steve Randazzo   ...   Luis
Gloria Harper   ...   Dottie
Gwyllum Evans   ...   Desmond
Steve Vinovich   ...   Ray
Tiger Haynes   ...   Janitor
Harvey Miller   ...   Hospital Director
Tanya Berezin   ...   Psychiatrist
Peter Stormare   ...   Neurochemist
Shane Fistell   ...   Man in Hall
Waheedah Ahmad   ...   Hysterical Woman
Charles Keating   ...   Mr. Kean
Christina Huertes   ...   Christina
Linda Burns   ...   Fishsticks
Judy Jacksina   ...   Hospital Receptionist
Gary Tacon   ...   George, Security Guard
Rico Elias   ...   Orderly #1
Mel Gorham   ...   Nurse Sara
Chris Carolan   ...   EEG Technician
Debra Kovner-Zaks   ...   Cafeteria Nurse
Max Rabinowitz   ...   Ward #5 Orderly
Gordon Joseph Weiss   ...   Ward #5 Patient
Byron Utley   ...   Ward #5 Patient #2
Anthony McGowen   ...   Ward #5 Patient #3
Paul Montgomery   ...   Ward #5 Patient #4
Leonard Tepper   ...   Ward #5 Patient #5
Vincent Pastore   ...   Ward #5 Patient #6
Howard Feller   ...   Ward #5 Patient #7
Libby Titus   ...   Club Singer
Michael Hyde   ...   Bus Driver
Tomislav Novakovic   ...   Bartender
Adam Bryant   ...   Librarian
Anthony J. Nici   ...   Young Leonard
Oliver Block   ...   Leonard's Friend #1
Buck Smith   ...   Leonard's Friend #2
Joan E. MacIntosh   ...   Teacher

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