Nominated for three Academy Awards® including Best Picture and Best Actor, and based on a true story, Awakenings stars Robin Williams as a taciturn neurologist and Robert De Niro as the patient he revives from a 30-year state of catatonia. At Bainbridge Hospital in the Bronx, reclusive researcher Dr. Malcolm Sayer (Williams) tries to find out why a group of patients including Leonard Lowe (De Niro), misdiagnosed as atypical schizophrenics and hysterics, have been catatonic for years. Haunted by the possibility that these “human statues” might be alive inside, it falls to the shy, awkward physician to discover the key that will awaken Leonard and others to the joys and pains of living, inadvertently awakening in himself untapped capacities for friendship and love.

  • 2 hr 1 minPG13
  • Dec 20, 1990
  • Drama

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  • Robert De Niro

    Robert De NiroActor

    One of the greatest actors of all time, Robert De Niro was born on August 17, 1943 in Manhattan, New York City, to artists Virginia (Admiral) and Robert De Niro Sr. His paternal grandfather was of Italian descent, and his other ancestry is Irish, English, Dutch, German, and French. He was trained at the Stella Adler Conservatory and the American Workshop. De Niro first gained fame for his role in Bang the Drum Slowly (1973), but he gained his reputation as a volatile actor in Mean Streets (1973), which was his first film with director Martin Scorsese. He received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Godfather: Part II (1974) and received Academy Award nominations for best actor in Taxi Driver (1976), The Deer Hunter (1978) and Cape Fear (1991). He received the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull (1980). De Niro has earned four Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, for his work in New York, New York (1977), opposite Liza Minnelli, Midnight Run (1988), Analyze This (1999) and Meet the Parents (2000). Other notable performances include Brazil (1985), The Untouchables (1987), Backdraft (1991), Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994), Heat (1995), Casino (1995) and Jackie Brown (1997). At the same time, he also directed and starred in such films as A Bronx Tale (1993) and The Good Shepherd (2006). De Niro has also received the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 and the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2010.
  • Robin Williams

    Robin WilliamsActor





    Comedienne Anna Meara, with her husband Jerry Stiller, were members of the improvisational company, the Compass Players, which later became The Second City Theater. They performed as a duo under the name "Stiller and Meara", and after some time, became regulars on Ed Sullivan's show, The Ed Sullivan Show (1948). Anne went on to provide her talent to roles on television series, notably as Sally Gallagher, Rhoda (1974) best friend; the character appeared in the first half of season 3. Meara's work on the series won a Golden Globe. She also costarred with Carroll O'Connor on the early 1980s hit sitcom Archie Bunker's Place (1979), (in which she played Veronica Rooney). In later years, Meara had a recurring role on the HBO television series Sex and the City (1998). She played Mary Brady.


  • John Heard

    John HeardActor

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