Awakenings (1990)

awakeningsBy Scott Goldfine

Penny Marshall (“Big”) lenses the true story of a doctor (Robin Williams) who used an experimental drug to temporarily awaken encephalitic patients during the summer of 1969. The film’s heart lies with Robert De Niro, who gives an immaculate performance as a man afflicted with the disease since childhood.

Williams is also fine in a movie that illustrates the strength of the human spirit.


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