The other patients' fears are similarly realized as each eventually returns to catatonia no matter how much their L-Dopa dosages are increased. Sayer tells a group of grant donors to the hospital that although the "awakening" did not last, another kind — one of learning to appreciate and live life — took place. For example, he himself overcomes his painful shyness and asks Nurse Eleanor Costello Julie Kavner to go out for coffee, many months after he had declined a similar proposal from her.
The nurses also now treat the catatonic patients with more respect and care, and Paula is shown visiting Leonard. The film ends with Sayer standing over Leonard behind a Ouija board, with his hands on Leonard's hands, which are on the planchette. Principal photography for Awakenings began on October 16, , at the functioning Kingsboro Psychiatric Center in Brooklyn, New York , and lasted until February 16, According to Williams, actual patients were used in the filming of the movie.
The film received positive reviews from critics. Its consensus states "Elevated by some of Robin Williams' finest non-comedic work and a strong performance from Robert De Niro, Awakenings skirts the edges of melodrama, then soars above it. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film a four-out-of-four star rating, writing,.
After seeing Awakenings , I read it, to know more about what happened in that Bronx hospital. What both the movie and the book convey is the immense courage of the patients and the profound experience of their doctors, as in a small way they reexperienced what it means to be born, to open your eyes and discover to your astonishment that "you" are alive.
Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly praised the film's performances, citing,. There's a raw, subversive element in De Niro's performance: He doesn't shrink from letting Leonard seem grotesque. Yet Awakenings , unlike the infinitely superior Rain Man , isn't really built around the quirkiness of its lead character.
The movie views Leonard piously; it turns him into an icon of feeling. And so even if you're held as I was by the acting, you may find yourself fighting the film's design. Oliver Sacks , the author of the memoir on which the film is based, "was pleased with a great deal of [the film]," explaining,. I think in an uncanny way, De Niro did somehow feel his way into being Parkinsonian. I think it was uncanny the way things were incorporated. At other levels I think things were sort of sentimentalized and simplified somewhat.
Desson Howe of The Washington Post felt the film's tragic aspects did not live up to the strength in its humor, saying that. It sounds more like a line from one of the more sensitive episodes of Laverne and Shirley.
Sproul Sinclair Ferguson W. Sproul R. Sproul Books That Influenced R. Blog Home. Will You Pray for Awakening? Charles Jr. Blog Will You Pray for Awakening? Judy Jacksina as Hospital Receptionist. Gary Tacon as George, Security Guard. Rico Elias as 1st Orderly. Mel Gorham as Nurse Sara. Debra Kovner-Zaks as Cafeteria Nurse. Max Rabinowitz as Orderly, 5th Ward. Libby Titus as Club Singer. Michael Hyde as Bus Driver. Tomislav Novakovic as Bartender. Adam Bryant as Librarian. Anthony J. Nici as Young Leonard Lowe.
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January 15, Rating: C- Full Review…. February 1, Rating: B- Full Review…. View All Critic Reviews Jul 16, A wonderful film that is sweet and melancholy without being sentimental and with two phenomenal performances by Robin Williams and Robert de Niro. Full review on filmotrope. Carlos M Super Reviewer.
Sep 24, If you were right, I would agree with you". Despite being a prominent director throughout the 80's and 90's, surprisingly, Penny Marshall seemed to hang up her boots after 's Driving in Cars with Boys. To be fair, her films always had a cloying or whimsical tinge to them and her last few movies didn't reach the enjoyable heights of her earlier work like A League of Their Own and Big but she always showed promise as a director - with Awakenings, arguably, being her most accomplished work.
In , Dr. Malcolm Sayer Robin Williams takes a Neurology position in a Brooklyn Psychiatric hospital where he finds patients that have been in a catatonic state for decades due to a condition known as post-encephalitis. Miraculously, Leonard responds to the drug, awakes from his "sleepy-disease" and begins to move, talk and embrace life once more. Based on the true life events depicted in Dr. Oliver Sacks' novel of the same name, Marshall has a solid handling of the material.
Steven Zaillian's script has a good balance of humour and pathos and an all-important sensitivity to the characters while Marshall is aided with a wonderful cast where she's able to tease out heartfelt, powerful performances.
Even the relative unknowns bring something to the table but, ultimately, it's the two major players who shine brightest: Robin Williams brings real humanity to his excruciatingly shy doctor while DeNiro is a tic-ridden, tour-de-force as his patient and delivers one of his very best, and heartbreaking, performances. It would not be out of place to argue both actors deliver some career best work here.
Williams plays it absolutely straight and resists any urge to wisecrack or improvise while DeNiro is simply astonishing. You can watch him, fully informed of his acting prowess, yet he still manages to convince you that his involuntary movements and speech patterns aren't for real. DeNiro was rightly awarded with an Oscar nomination for his work but why he didn't win is beyond me. In fact, it must have been a frustrating year for him at the Academy Awards in On reflection although not unsurprising the Academy made a number of mistakes but there's no doubt in my mind that DeNiro took the brunt of it and thoroughly deserved more for his output that year.
His work as Leonard Lowe is truly captivating and epitomises the sheer breadth that DeNiro is capable of. As good as they were, DeNiro's performance is even better than those and the only exception that just might overshadow them all is Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot.
Despite my admiration, Awakenings has come in for some criticism. In particular, a forced sentimentality has been found by many. I suppose this will depend on the individual viewer and in a sense I can see why they might think that. However, I found the sentimentality to be well judged and the performances balanced and authentic. That said, there's no denying it's ability to bring on the water works. Example sentences from the Web for awakening It was a little bit like an awakening , and I just stuck with it.
The Outrage Annie Vivanti. The Indian Scout Gustave Aimard. Sermons of Christmas Evans Joseph Cross. Down the Yellowstone Lewis R.Produced by Nick Patrick, "Awakening" also features the ethereal ballad "Memories" by the Dutch band, Within Temptation, and the popular classic "Think of Me" from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera. Rounding out the album are the classical standards "Ave Maria" and Rachmaninoff's "Vocalise."/5().