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Awakenings Quotes

Awakenings is a TV program that first aired in 1970 . Awakenings stopped airing in 1970.

It features Walter F. Parkes, and Lawrence Lasker as producer, Randy Newman in charge of musical score, and Miroslav Ondříček as head of cinematography.

Awakenings is recorded in English and originally aired in United States. Each episode of Awakenings is 121 minutes long. Awakenings is distributed by Columbia Pictures.

The cast includes: Robert De Niro as Leonard Lowe, Robin Williams as Dr Malcolm Sayer, Julie Kavner as Eleanor, Anne Meara as Miriam, Alice Drummond as Lucy, John Heard as Dr. Kaufman, Ruth Nelson as Mrs. Lowe, Max von Sydow as Dr. Peter Ingham, Robin Williams as Dr. Malcolm Sayer, Keith Diamond as Anthony, and Penelope Ann Miller as Paula.

Awakenings Quotes

Robert De Niro as Leonard Lowe

  • (Robert De Niro) "It's quiet."
  • (Robin Williams) "Yes, everybody's sleeping."
  • (Robert De Niro) "I'm not."
  • (Robert De Niro) "We've got to tell everybody. We've got to remind them. We've got to remind them how good it is."
  • (Dr. Sayer) "How good what is, Leonard?"
  • (Robert De Niro) "Read the newspaper. What does it say? All bad. It's all bad. People have forgotten what life is all about. They've forgotten what it is to be alive. They need to be reminded. They need to be reminded of what they have and what they can lose. What I feel is the joy of life, the gift of life, the freedom of life, the wonderment of life."
  • (Robert De Niro) ""I'm all right, and then everything stops, There's no warning, It's like a light switch going off. It happens that fast. Something has to happen to bring me back. A sound or a touch. And then I can move again, I'm okay again. It's not that it feels bad, It's just that it's nothing. I feel nothing, like I'm dead. Nothing. Gets to be like I'm no a person anymore. Just a collection of tics. Not that I mind them necessarily. Sometimes they make life kind of interesting. Though I'm not sure who's in control, me or them. What I do mind is knowing that they shouldn't be there"."
  • (Robert De Niro) "Hello. My name is Leonard Lowe. It has been explained to me that I've been away for quite some time.I'm back."

Julie Kavner as Eleanor

  • (Dr. Sayer) "Where are my glasses?"
  • (Julie Kavner) "They're on your face."
  • (Dr. Sayer) "You told him I was a kind man. How kind is it to give life, only to take it away?"
  • (Julie Kavner) "It's given to and taken away from all of us."
  • (Dr. Sayer) "Why does that not comfort me?"
  • (Julie Kavner) "Because you are a kind man. Because he's your friend."

Max von Sydow as Dr. Peter Ingham

  • (Max von Sydow) "Most died during the acute stage of the illness, during a sleep so deep they couldn't be roused. A sleep that in most cases lasted several months. Those who survived, who awoke, seemed fine, as though nothing had happened. Years went by; five, ten, fifteen; before anyone suspected they were not well -- they were not. I began to see them in the early 1930's; old people brought in by their children, young people brought in by their parents; all of them complaining they weren't themselves anymore. They'd grown distant, aloof, anti-social, they daydreamed at the dinner table. I referred them to psychiatrists. Before long they were being referred back to me. They could no longer dress themselves or feed themselves. They could no longer speak in most cases. Families went mad. People who were normal, were now elsewhere."
  • (Dr. Sayer) "What's it like to be them? What are they thinking?"
  • (Max von Sydow) "They're not. The virus didn't spare the higher faculties."
  • (Dr. Sayer) "We know what for a fact?"
  • (Max von Sydow) "Yes."
  • (Dr. Sayer) "Because?"
  • (Max von Sydow) "Because the alternative is unthinkable."

Ruth Nelson as Mrs. Lowe

  • (Ruth Nelson) "My son is in pain. Please, stop this."
  • (Dr. Sayer) "He's fighting, Mrs. Lowe."
  • (Ruth Nelson) "He's losing."
  • (Ruth Nelson) "When my son was born healthy, I never asked why. Why was I so lucky? What did I do to deserve this perfect child, this perfect life? But when he got sick, you can bet I asked why. I demanded to know why. Why was this happening?"
  • (Ruth Nelson) "Oh, hello boys."
  • (Leonard's Friend #1) "Hi, Mrs. Lowe. Can I come up to play today?"
  • (Ruth Nelson) "Uh, no. I am sorry. Better not today."
  • (Leonard's Friend #1) "Oh, how about tomorrow?"
  • (Ruth Nelson) "Well, I am afraid, he won't be well by then either."
  • (Leonard's Friend #1) "Will he be well?"
  • (Ruth Nelson) "I don't know."

Anne Meara as Miriam

  • (Beth) "Miriam. I have to take your blood pressure."
  • (Anne Meara) "I've been sitting still for 25 years. You missed your chance."
  • (Margaret) "Miriam, there's no easy way to tell you this, so; your husband; he was granted a divorce from you in 1952."
  • (Anne Meara) "Oh, thank God."

Keith Diamond as Anthony

  • (Keith Diamond) "How's it going?"
  • (Frank) "How's it going?"
  • (Keith Diamond) "Yeah, how do you feel?"
  • (Frank) "Well, my parents are dead. My wife is in an institution. My son has disappeared out west somewhere."
  • (Frank) "I feel old and I feel swindled, that's how I feel."

Robin Williams as Dr. Malcolm Sayer

  • (Robin Williams) "She borrows the will of the ball."
  • (Robin Williams) "What we do know is that, as the chemical window closed, another awakening took place; that the human spirit is more powerful than any drug; and THAT is what needs to be nourished: with work, play, friendship, family. THESE are the things that matter. This is what we'd forgotten; the simplest things."

Penelope Ann Miller as Paula

  • (Penelope Ann Miller) "The Mighty Mets stormed their locker room shortly after nine o'clock on their night to remember. Released from bondage and ridicule after seven destitute seasons, they raised the roof of Shea Stadium; while their fans attempted to dismantle it; in one of the loudest, wildest victory celebrations in baseball history"

John Heard as Dr. Kaufman

  • (Dr. Sayer) "It was an immense project. I was to extract 1 decagram of myelin from 4 tons of earth worms."
  • (Dr. Sullivan) "Really."
  • (Dr. Sayer) "Yes. I was on the project for 5 years. I was the only one who believed in it. Everyone else said it couldn't be done."
  • (John Heard) "It can't."
  • (Dr. Sayer) "I know that now. I proved it."

Alice Drummond as Lucy

  • (Alice Drummond) "I can't imagine being older than 22. I've no experience at it. I know it's not 1926. I just need it to be."

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