Just about to watch Awakenings.. had really hoped to be able to watch it together with someone else but hey, what are you gonna do? I ain’t gonna hire someone to come and watch it with me ..
I have seen it many moons ago, aeons before L-Dopa meant anything to me, certainly way before that unwelcome lodger Mr. Bloody Parkinson’s crashed into the hovel that my life was soon to become..
A black coffee rather than popcorn for this one, methinks..
Trailer for Penny Marshall’s film starring Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Julie Kavner, Ruth Nelson, John Heard, Penelope Ann Miller, Alice Drummond, Max von Sydow, Judith Malina, Barton Heyman, George Martin, Anne Meara, Richard Libertini, Laura Esterman, Dexter Gordon, Jayne Haynes, Keith Diamond, Bradley Whitford, Peter Stormare, Mary Alice, Waheedah Ahmad, Vincent Pastore:
Awakenings is a 1990 American drama film based on Oliver Sacks‘s 1973 memoir of the same title. It tells the story of a fictional character, Dr. Malcolm Sayer, which is based on a real life experience of the author, who, in 1969, discovers beneficial effects of the drug L-Dopa. He administers it to catatonic patients who survived the 1917–28 epidemic of encephalitis lethargica. Leonard Lowe and the rest of the patients are awakened after decades and have to deal with a new life in a new time. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards.
Directed by Penny Marshall, the film was produced by Walter Parkes and Lawrence Lasker, who first encountered Sacks’s book as undergraduates at Yale University and optioned it a few years later. Awakenings stars Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Julie Kavner, Ruth Nelson, John Heard, Penelope Ann Miller, and Max von Sydow. The film features a cameo appearance by jazz musician Dexter Gordon (who died before the film’s release) and Bradley Whitford, Peter Stormare, Vin Diesel, and Vincent Pastore.