AWAKENINGS
1990, Sony Repertory, 121 min, USA, Dir: Penny Marshall

Based on a memoir by neurologist Oliver Sacks, this life-affirming drama stars Robin Williams as a doctor working with catatonic patients at a Bronx hospital. Using “miracle drug” L-Dopa, he brings one of them (Robert De Niro) back to consciousness, but as the man struggles to reenter life after decades of dormancy, the limitations of the new treatment become clear. Featuring music by Randy Newman.


MAN ON THE MOON
1999, Universal, 118 min, USA, Dir: Milos Forman

Audiences never knew quite what to think about Andy Kaufman, and this biopic from the creative team behind THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT will also keep you guessing. Jim Carrey earned a Golden Globe for his performance as the comedian, shifting effortlessly between such Kaufman personas as Latka Gravas of TV’s “Taxi,” lounge singer Tony Clifton and inter-gender wrestling champion. Costarring Danny DeVito (who also produced the film) and Paul Giamatti, and featuring the music of R.E.M.


THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT
1996, Sony Repertory, 129 min, USA, Dir: Milos Forman

Millionaire pornographer Larry Flynt may seem an unlikely subject for a biopic, but in the hands of director Milos Forman and screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, his life and legal battles brilliantly illuminate the continuing American conflict between free speech and censorship. The outstanding cast is led by Woody Harrelson as the Hustler magazine founder, rocker Courtney Love as doomed stripper Althea Leasure and Edward Norton as attorney Alan Isaacman.


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