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Awakenings (movie review)

Awakenings (movie review)

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Published by Frank Lovece
The [Bergen] Record (December 22, 1990). By Frank Lovece
The [Bergen] Record (December 22, 1990). By Frank Lovece

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oRainman'
takes
a
snooze
By Frank
Lovece
Speclal
toThe
Record
aken
as
a
whole,
"Awakeningst'does a
greatimpression
ofMother
Teresa:
noble,
but
not
a
lotof
fun
atpa,rties.
If
"painfully
sincere" is damn-
ing
with
faint
praise,well, we'll
just
have
to
say
it
louder.Even
that
maybe
giving"Awakenings"too
much
credit.
Loosely
based
on
a
real-
life
doctor'sattempts
at
"awakening"
long-term
sufferers
of
encephalitisleth-
argica
-
a
horrifying
disease
keeping
one
in
aperpetual,
living-death
daze
--
this
retread
"Rainman"is
also
painfully
cal-
culating.RobinWilliams,
as
the
doctor,
playsanother
sincere,
inspiring miafit,
A
la
"Dead
Poets Society"
-
a
stretch
again,
but thistime
hedoesn't
go
forthe
Iaughs.
RobertDe
Niro,
as
theprimary
patient,
shows
he
won'tbe
out-Hoff-
lnan'd
by
Dustin.
And
director
Penny
Marshall
makes
an admirable,
if,
in
ret-rospect,misguided,switch
from
comedy
to
a
"serious
fiIm."See'AWAKENIiIGS'
Page
D-26
Robert
De
Niro
plays
apatl€nt
who
ls brought
back
from llmboln
"Awakenings."

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