Rated: PG-13 for adult content Reviewed by: Frank and Chris Release date: December 20, 1990 Released by:
Penny Marshall directs two of Hollywood's most successful actors in this based-on-fact movie. Robert DeNiro is a man brought back to life after being in a catatonic state for 30 years. Robin Williams plays the doctor who treats him with a new drug which gives him his Awakening.
Julie Kavner (Williams' nurse) and Penelope Ann Miller (Kindergarten Cop) play Williams' and DeNiro's love interest. In the most moving part of the film, DeNiro tries to explain to the people who want to study his miraculous recovery and hover over him, that he just wants to take a walk alone -- he just wants to have a life.
DeNiro is wonderful as the grown man who is experiencing life with the wonder and uncertainty of a young child. Williams however, is too quirky and his animated mannerisms take away from his performance. Williams' character, however, doesn't detract too much from the enjoyment of the film because the patient, not the doctor, is the focus. The movie is an emotional roller coaster that's well worth seeing.