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Awakenings / Columbia Pictures presents ; screenplay by Steven Zaillian ; produced by Walter F. Parkes and Lawrence Lasker ; directed by Penny Marshall.

Marshall, Penny (Added Author). De Niro, Robert. (Added Author). Williams, Robin, 1951-2014 (Added Author). Sacks, Oliver, 1933-2015 Awakenings. (Added Author). Columbia Pictures. (Added Author). RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video (Firm) (Added Author). Robert De Niro, Robin Williams. (Cast).
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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Oxford PL - Oxford VIDEO AWA (Text) 34045000145594 Videos Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 0800106326
  • ISBN: 9780800106324
  • Physical Description: 1 videocassette (120 min.) : sound, color ; 1/2 in.
  • Publisher: Burbank, CA : RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video, 1991.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Based upon the book by Oliver Sacks.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1990.
Digitally mastered, Dolby surround, hi-fi.
Creation/Production Credits Note:
Edited by Jerry Greenberg, Battle Davis; music, Randy Newman.
Participant or Performer Note:
Robert De Niro, Robin Williams.
Summary, etc.:
Based on a true story as related by neurologist Oliver Sacks, Awakenings stars Robin Williams as the Sacks counterpart, here named Dr. Malcolm Sayer. Something of a klutz and naif, Dr. Sayer takes a job at a Bronx psychiatric hospital in 1969. Here he's put in charge of several seemingly catatonic patients who, under Sayer's painstaking guidance, begin responding to certain stimulati. Apprised of the efficacy of a new drug called L-DOPA in treating degenerative-disease victims, Sayer is given permission to test the drug on one of his patients: Leonard Lowe (Robert De Niro), who has not communicated with anyone since lapsing into catatonia as a child. Gradually, Lowe comes out of his shell, encouraging Sayers to administer L-DOPA to the other patients under his care.
Target Audience Note:
MPAA rating: PG-13.
System Details Note:
Language Note:
Closed captioned.
Subject: African trypanosomiasis. > Cases, clinical reports, statistics > Drama.
Epidemic encephalitis. > Cases, clinical reports, statistics > Drama.
Parkinson's disease > Chemotherapy > Drama.
Genre: Feature films.
Films for the hearing impaired.

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