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Awake (2007)

R  |   |  Crime, Mystery, Thriller  |  30 November 2007 (USA)
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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
Officer Doherty
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


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)


£1,484,055 (UK) (18 April 2008)

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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 »


In the flashback where Clay is initially rushed to the ER, Dr. Harper says 'We have a massive heart attack, possible MI'. MI is an abbreviation for myocardial infarction which is commonly known as a heart attack. See more »


[first lines]
Dr. Jack Harper: People die. You may think you can control when or where or how it happens, but you can't. When your number is up, your number is up, and there's nothing anyone can do about it. I've lost patients before, seen them die on my table, under my knife. But I've never lost a friend. I lost Clayton at 6:32am on Thursday, the first day of November. There's not much I can tell you about that day. I don't know if he woke up that morning thinking he might die. I only know the day started much ...
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Written by Jason Pegg, David Woodward, Sam Hewitt and Toby May
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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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