Awakenings

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The story of a doctor's extraordinary work in the Sixties with a group of catatonic patients he finds languishing in a Bronx hospital. Speculating that their rigidity may be akin to an extreme form of Parkinsonism, he seeks permission from his skeptical superiors to treat them with L-dopa, a drug that was used to treat Parkinson's disease at the time.

Release details

Rated: PG-13
Release date: Thursday December 20 1990
Duration: 121 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Penny Marshall
Screenwriter: Steven Zaillian
Cast: Robert De Niro
Robin Williams
Julie Kavner
Ruth Nelson
John Heard
Penelope Ann Miller
Alice Drummond
Judith Malina
Dexter Gordon
Max von Sydow
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