Awakenings

Awakenings (1990)

Plot summary

The movie begins in the 1930's, when Robert DeNiro is a boy, who slowly starts disconnecting with the world, and goes into a sort of canatonic state. Flash ahead about 30 years later in the 1960's, Robin Williams is a pschiatrist who starts at a mental hospital, the same hospital that a catatonic DeNiro is at. Robin Williams starts experimenting with a drug mixture, that eventually awakens the catatonic patients, including DeNiro. DeNiro eventually awakens and starts to experience life with Robin Williams. DeNiro also starts to fall for a young woman, who seems to like him too, but then things start to go down hill for DeNiro. He starts exibiting unusual signs, like scratching his tempal a lot and severe shaking. Eventually good things do not last very long.

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After Robert De Niro awakens, Robin Williams takes him on a ride around New York and Robert is amazed by all the surroundings. The movie is set in the early 1970s, but you can see plenty of vehicles around from the time that the movie was filmed (1990). Notice the square headlights that originally appeared in the late 70's.

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During the scene where Robin Williams (the doctor) has to restrain Robert DeNiro (the patient), Robin accidentally broke DeNiro's nose. DeNiro insisted that they continue with the filming until the scene was completed because he knew, from prior experience, that he wouldn't be able to film for at least a week, until the swelling and bruising went down. And DeNiro actually was glad it happened because it corrected the bump from the prior broken nose.

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