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Directed by Penny Marshall, and written by Steven Zaillian (screenplay), "Awakenings" (also known as "Risvegli", "Zeit des Erwachens") is a Drama film, released in the USA on December 12 of 1990 , starring Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Julie Kavner, Ruth Nelson, John Heard and Penelope Ann Miller.

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Who directed "Awakenings":

Awakenings was directed by Penny Marshall, an American actress, producer, and director.

Before making Awakenings, Penny Marshall had directed Big, released in 1988, Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986). Since, she directed A League of Their Own, released in 1992, Renaissance Man (1994), Riding in Cars with Boys (2001).

When was "Awakenings" released:

Awakenings was first released in the United States on Wednesday, December 12, 1990. Other films released on Wednesday, December 12, 1990 are Havana (dir. Sydney Pollack) and The Sheltering Sky (dir. Bernardo Bertolucci). This was twenty-nine (29) years ago.

It has been released on Friday, March 15, 1991 in the United Kingdom; Wednesday, February 20, 1991 in France; Thursday, February 14, 1991 in Germany; Thursday, March 14, 1991 in Australia and on Saturday, April 13, 1991 in Japan.

Who is at the casting of "Awakenings":

At the casting of Awakenings we find Robert De Niro, previously seen in Goodfellas (1990) and Stanley & Iris (1990); Robin Williams (Cadillac Man (1990), Dead Poets Society (1989)); Julie Kavner (New York Stories (1989), Surrender (1987)) [ more... ]

  • Alice Drummond and Robin Williams also appeared together in House of D, released in 2004.
  • Robin Williams and Julie Kavner also appeared in Deconstructing Harry, released in 1997.
  • Richard Libertini and Barton Heyman also appeared together in The Bonfire of the Vanities, released in 1990.

What is the Storyline of "Awakenings":

In 1969, Dr. Malcolm Sayer (Robin Williams) is a dedicated and caring physician at a local hospital in the New York City borough of The Bronx. After working extensively with the catatonic patients who survived the 1917-1928 epidemic of encephalitis lethargica, Sayer discovers certain stimuli will reach beyond the patients' respective catatonic states; actions such as catching a ball thrown at them, hearing familiar music, and experiencing human touch all have unique effects on particular patients and offer [...]

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