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Penny Marshall United States, 1990

Evan Schafer's rating of the film Awakenings

A film with undyingly poignant performances that left this viewer in tears more than one during its duration. The film may be over two decades old, but both Robert De Niro and Robin Williams are fantastic as patient and doctor, going through a tale that more or less mirrors the happiness and sadness of life itself -- yet providing a much needed glimpse for encephalitis patients of how beautiful life can be.