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(Rotten Tomatoes)   Re-watching Awakenings, starring Robin Williams and Robert DeNiro. Are there any medical professionals out there with thoughts on treatment back then and how it has improved?   (rottentomatoes.com) divider line
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2021-11-16 3:53:27 AM  
Is that the one where Robin Williams looked really old, but was actually a kid who built a backwards clock, then had to make a wish at the Zoltar machine to find his girlfriend?
 
2021-11-16 6:26:52 AM  
No, it's the one where he used L-Dopa to treat "locked in" post-encephalitic patients who revive shortly then largely go back to their catatonia.
 
2021-11-16 6:31:26 AM  

dammit just give me a login: No, it's the one where he used L-Dopa to treat "locked in" post-encephalitic patients who revive shortly then largely go back to their catatonia.


And thanks Subby. Mrs. Dammit was watching it over the weekend and I wondered the same thing.
 
2021-11-16 7:49:00 AM  
Don't care. Still a hearttugger. Watching it with a date, and saw all the patients coming out of their catatonia, then getting a feeling there was still more movie, and seeing them slip back, I mumbled, "This isn't going to end well." My date asked if I had seen the movie beforehand.
 
2021-11-16 7:59:21 AM  
Current treatment indicates the involuntary introduction of coronavirus in long-term coma patients. Post-autopsy action consists of mail-in voting for Democratic candidates.

/s
 
2021-11-16 8:10:50 AM  
How does a movie star Robert freaking Deniro and Robin Williams and this is the first time Ive ever heard of it? It must be farking depressing to never get brought up, ever.
 
2021-11-16 10:15:39 AM  

Bathtub Cynic: How does a movie star Robert freaking Deniro and Robin Williams and this is the first time Ive ever heard of it? It must be farking depressing to never get brought up, ever.


It is as depressing a movie as has ever been made. It makes Melancholia seem like a lawn chair in a sunny garden.
 
2021-11-16 10:18:57 AM  

yakmans_dad: Bathtub Cynic: How does a movie star Robert freaking Deniro and Robin Williams and this is the first time Ive ever heard of it? It must be farking depressing to never get brought up, ever.

It is as depressing a movie as has ever been made. It makes Melancholia seem like a lawn chair in a sunny garden.


Unlike Melancholia, Awakenings is actually watchable.
 
2021-11-16 10:51:31 AM  

yakmans_dad: Bathtub Cynic: How does a movie star Robert freaking Deniro and Robin Williams and this is the first time Ive ever heard of it? It must be farking depressing to never get brought up, ever.

It is as depressing a movie as has ever been made. It makes Melancholia seem like a lawn chair in a sunny garden.


As I said before, it takes a gutpunching turn, but it's not that depressing. It's your average 2021 pre-Steelers  Detroit Lions game.
 
2021-11-16 11:56:56 AM  
Haven't seen it, but every one of Oliver Sacks's books I've read is utterly fascinating.
 
2021-11-16 12:11:58 PM  
I've seen the movie and recommend it highly. Watch for Julie Kavner (Marge Simpson) in a supporting role.
 
2021-11-16 2:12:11 PM  
Good movie.  Similarly, see/read also:  Flowers for Algernon.
 
2021-11-16 3:43:48 PM  

Bathtub Cynic: How does a movie star Robert freaking Deniro and Robin Williams and this is the first time Ive ever heard of it? It must be farking depressing to never get brought up, ever.


Think "Flowers for Algernon" type premise.
 
2021-11-16 3:44:21 PM  

Cubs300: Good movie.  Similarly, see/read also:  Flowers for Algernon.


~tips hat~
 
2021-11-16 7:10:18 PM  

dammit just give me a login: dammit just give me a login: No, it's the one where he used L-Dopa to treat "locked in" post-encephalitic patients who revive shortly then largely go back to their catatonia.

And thanks Subby. Mrs. Dammit was watching it over the weekend and I wondered the same thing.



It's a shame we don't have anyone from the medical community who can weigh in on this. I guess it's too specialized for anyone to really speak to how things have changed/improved.

All these years later, it still fascinates me but it breaks my heart, knowing what Dr. Sacks tried to do for his patients.

Here is some info on Dr. Sacks. He was an extraordinary man.


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