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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)
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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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Not screened in advance for critics. See more »


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 »


[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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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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