Awakenings (1990)

There is no such thing as a simple miracle.

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 1990-12-04
  • User Rating: 7.8/10 from 2462 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 0min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Parkes/Lasker productions
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Penny Marshall
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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.

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  • Robert De Niro

    as Leonard Lowe
  • Robin Williams

    as Malcolm Sayer
  • John Heard

    as Dr. Kaufman
  • Julie Kavner

    as Eleanor Costello
  • Penelope Ann Miller

    as Paula
  • Ruth Nelson

    as Mrs. Lowe
  • Max von Sydow

    as Peter Ingham
  • Anne Meara

    as Miriam
  • Dexter Gordon

    as Rolando
  • George Martin

    as Frank
  • Alice Drummond

    as Lucy Fishman
  • Richard Libertini

    as Sidney
  • Laura Esterman

    as Lolly
  • Barton Heyman

    as Bert
  • Judith Malina

    as Rose
  • Mary Alice

    as Nurse Margaret
  • Keith Diamond

    as Anthony
  • Bradley Whitford

    as Dr. Tyler
  • John Christopher Jones

    as Dr. Sullivan
  • Mary Catherine Wright

    as Nurse Beth
  • Jayne Haynes

    as Frances
  • Le Clanché du Rand

    as Magda
  • Yusef Bulos

    as Joseph
  • Steven Randazzo

    as Luis
  • Gloria Harper

    as Dottie
  • Gwyllum Evans

    as Desmond
  • Steve Vinovich

    as Ray
  • Tiger Haynes

    as Janitor
  • Harvey Miller

    as Hospital Director
  • Tanya Berezin

    as Psychiatrist
  • Peter Stormare

    as Neurochemist
  • Shane Fistell

    as Man in Hall
  • Waheedah Ahmad

    as Hysterical Woman
  • Charles Keating

    as Mr. Kean
  • Christina Huertes

    as Christina
  • Linda Burns

    as Fishsticks
  • Judy Jacksina

    as Hospital Receptionist
  • Gary Tacon

    as George
  • Rico Elias

    as Orderly #1
  • Mel Gorham

    as Nurse Sara
  • Chris Carolan

    as EEG Technician
  • Debra Kovner-Zaks

    as Cafeteria Nurse
  • Max Rabinowitz

    as Ward #5 Orderly
  • Gordon Joseph Weiss

    as Ward #5 Patient
  • Byron Utley

    as Ward #5 Patient #2
  • Anthony McGowen

    as Ward #5 Patient #3
  • Paul Montgomery

    as Ward #5 Patient #4
  • Leonard Tepper

    as Ward #5 Patient #5
  • Vincent Pastore

    as Ward #5 Patient #6
  • Howard Feller

    as Ward #5 Patient #7
  • Libby Titus

    as Club Singer
  • Michael Hyde

    as Bus Driver
  • Tomislav Novakovic

    as Bartender
  • Adam Bryant

    as Librarian
  • Anthony J. Nici

    as Young Leonard
  • Oliver Block

    as Leonard's Friend #1
  • Buck Smith

    as Leonard's Friend #2
  • Joan E. MacIntosh

    as Teacher
  • Harry L. Seddon

    as Medical Student
  • Jack Mulcahy

    as Psych Ward Intern
  • Jason W. Fuchs

    as Pot-Head Hippie
  • Vin Diesel

    as Hospital Orderly (uncredited)
Production Elliot Abbott Executive Producer
Art Anton Furst Production Design
Production Lawrence Lasker Producer
Production Penny Marshall Executive Producer
Costume & Make-Up Cynthia Flynt Costume Design
Directing Penny Marshall Director
Editing Gerald B. Greenberg Editor
Writing Steven Zaillian Screenplay
Production Walter F. Parkes Producer
Production Arne Schmidt Executive Producer
Camera Miroslav Ondříček Director of Photography
Production Bonnie Timmermann Casting
Editing Battle Davis Editor
Art Bill Groom Art Direction
Writing Oliver Sacks Book
Costume & Make-Up George Potts Assistant Costume Designer
Costume & Make-Up Scott W. Farley Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up William A. Farley Hairstylist
Art Ron Petagna Construction Coordinator
Art Alan E. Muraoka Assistant Art Director
Art George DeTitta Jr. Set Decoration
Costume & Make-Up Ilona Herman Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Bernadette Mazur Makeup Artist
Directing Sheila Paige Script Supervisor
Editing Debbie Goldsmith Assistant Editor
Art Lynn Nigro Art Department Assistant
Sound Hamilton Sterling Sound Editor
Directing Tony Gittelson First Assistant Director
Editing Kathryn Camp First Assistant Editor
Editing Jere Huggins Additional Editing
Editing Suzanne Pillsbury Assistant Editor
Production Amy Lemisch Associate Producer
Art Sarah Knowles Art Department Assistant
Sound Bob Newlan Sound Editor
Sound Jerry Ross Supervising Sound Editor
Production Timothy M. Bourne Unit Production Manager
Sound Hugo Weng Sound Editor
Directing Glen Trotiner Second Assistant Director
Sound Michele Perrone Assistant Sound Editor
Sound John Morris Sound Editor
Sound Linda Murphy Boom Operator
Art Gerald DeTitta Leadman
Sound Joe Dorn ADR Editor
Sound Les Lazarowitz Production Sound Mixer
Sound Gary C. Bourgeois Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound David Williams Foley Editor
Sound Mark Pappas Foley Editor
Sound Linda Yeaney Assistant Sound Editor
Crew Michael Hyde Transportation Captain
Sound James Flamberg Music Editor
Sound Michelle Pleis Assistant Sound Editor
Camera Tom Priestley Jr. Camera Operator
Costume & Make-Up Ilona Herman Makeup Artist
Production Margaret Mitchell Production Accountant
Art Robert Griffon Jr. Property Master
Lighting Richard Quinlan Chief Lighting Technician
Production Richard Baratta Location Manager
Sound Beth Bergeron Supervising ADR Editor
Sound Laura Perlman Music Editor
Sound Matthew Iadarola Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Crew Carrie Fisher Thanks
Crew Larry Kaplan Unit Publicist
Editing Donah Bassett Negative Cutter
Crew Jack Winter Thanks
Crew Patricia Birch Thanks
Camera Louis Goldman Still Photographer
Crew Tracy Reiner Thanks
Crew Ed. Weinberger Thanks
Crew Yakov Sklyansky Thanks
Crew Mike Bedard Cableman
Sound Randy Newman Original Music Composer