The story focuses on a man who suffers "anesthetic awareness" and finds himself awake and aware, but paralyzed, during heart surgery. His mother must wrestle with her own demons as a turn of events unfolds around them, while trying to unfold the story hidden behind her son's young wife.

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Young Clay (as Stephen Hinkle)
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While undergoing open heart surgery, a man's failed anesthetic leaves him completely alert, but paralyzed and unable to tell his doctors Written by Anonymous

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Every year, one in 700 people wake up during surgery. See more »


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Rated R for language, an intense disturbing situation, and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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30 November 2007 (USA)  »

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Bajo anestesia  »

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$8,600,000 (estimated)

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$5,856,872 (USA) (30 November 2007)

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$14,373,825 (USA) (29 February 2008)
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Jessica Alba replaced Kate Bosworth after she dropped out to shoot Superman Returns (2006). See more »

Goofs

Clay's heart shows an asystole on the EKG monitor, yet the surgeon yells "V-Fib" (Ventricular Fibrillation) and calls for the defibrillator, clearly he is not in Ventricular Fibrillation but in asystole, and asystole i.e. non-beating heart, cannot and must not be defibrillated. See more »

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Clay Beresford: [on being scolded on Dr. Jack] He's my friend mother, I trust him.
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Golden Touch
Written by Andrea Remanda and Wu-Bird
Performed by Andrea Remanda
Produced by Wu-Bird
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Awake
8 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Awake adds new levels to the title of psychological thriller. Just when you think you know what's going on, a new twist rocks you with a shock bigger than the one before. With a charismatic cast and Jessica Alba going to new lengths as an actress, this movie is sure get your heart pumping. Hayden Christiansen gives new depth to the term anesthetic awareness. This movie grabs you and refuses to let go. This movie "does for operations, what Jaws did for the water"-Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter. Terrence Howard is slightly confusing and makes you wonder. Every thing is achieved, and this movie deserves more recognition than it is getting. I thank the writer Joby Harold for allowing me to slip into a deep sleep for almost two hours filled with frightening, disturbing, and brilliant dreams.


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