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Awakenings

Leonard Lowe (Robert De Niro) is a middle-aged man who has been in a coma since he contracted encephalitis lethargica as a child. When Dr. Malcolm Sayer (Robin Williams) is made responsible for his care, the man of medicine begins experimenting with different options that may help to awaken Leonard (and others suffering from the same malady) from a decades long sleep. This movie is based on a true story. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B+
Violence: B
Sexual Content: A-
Language: D+
Drugs/Alcohol: B-
Run Time: 121
Theater Release: 19 Dec 1993
Video Release: 28 Jan 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Awakenings is rated PG-13:

Director: Penny Marshall
Cast: Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Julie Kavner, Ruth Nelson
Studio: 1993 Columbia Pictures/ Universal

Detailed Review

Imagine waking up to discover you’ve lost 10, 20 or even 30 years of your life. The young image you remember from the mirror is wrinkled and gray. Your… 
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Why Is Awakenings Rated PG-13?

Violence: Patients occasionally  thrash, scream or yell out. While not intentionally violent, these depictions… 
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Talk It Over

Accurately depicting medical procedures and results doesn’t always happen (ask any nurse who works… 
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Video alternatives / Home Video Bonus Features

Robin Williams plays another doctor in Patch Adams, and an inspiring teacher in… 
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