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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Young Clay (as Stephen Hinkle)
Financial News Analyst
Brian the Orderly
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Joseph Costa ...
Dr. Elbogen


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Every year, one in 700 people wake up during surgery. When they planned her husband's murder they never thought he'd be the one. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

30 November 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bajo anestesia  »

Box Office


$8,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$14,373,825 (USA) (29 February 2008)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Helen Mirren and Sigourney Weaver were both considered at one point to play Lilith Beresford before Lena Olin was cast. See more »


Whilst on the operating table the pieces of tape over Clay's eyes change position. See more »


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Golden Touch
Written by Andrea Remanda and Wu-Bird
Performed by Andrea Remanda
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Old Fashioned Entertainment: Awesome!
31 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I keep thinking about this movie. There are all these "awards" movies out there, and some of them (think JUNO) are really great, but others are just pedigree films that we "should" see but we don't actually really want to see or enjoy seeing. Then there is AWAKE. This is a movie with a capital M. This is a movie where you just have a roller coaster great time. Leave your inner critic at home and just sit back and enjoy the riveting entertainment. It has amazing twists that even the lame critics who said "they didn't like this film", sheepishly admit was incredibly well done. I did notice that Roger Ebert didn't follow the crowd and said it was great. Because it is. Awesome.

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