Awakenings (1990)

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Corrected entry: When Dr. Sayer puts on a record of an operatic aria for one of the patients, it's a 12-inch LP, but the player is turning much faster than 33 1/3 rpm.

Correction: Some 78 RPM records were 12 inches in diameter.

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Corrected entry: In the time lapse where Robin Williams and the nurse are colouring a checkered design on the floor, the solid black line of tiles where the checkers originally ended disappears and stays gone for the rest of the movie.

Correction: Actually, you can see that in every other tile in the solid black line, Williams and the Nurse have colored a tile white to continue the checkerboard pattern, thereby eliminating the black line. Otherwise it wouldn't have been a solid checkerboard pattern.

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