Irreplaceable Robin Williams

Within the past few days we  lost one of the greatest actors and entertainers of all time, but his legacy will always be available on film.  The library owns many of his movies.   Here’s a selection of perhaps less well-known, but exceptional, performances by Robin Williams:

final cut                                                                                       Final Cut

Set in a world where implanted microchips record all moments of one’s life. The chips are removed upon death and images are edited by a cutter into a highlight reel for loved ones who want to remember the deceased. Robin Williams plays a troubled cutter.

awakenings                                                                                        Awakenings

Based on the true story of Dr. Oliver Sacks, it details his experimentation with the drug L-dopa which inspired the ‘awakening’ of a number of catatonic patients, some of whom had been sleeping for as long as 30 years.

what dreams may come                                                                               What Dreams May Come

Chris Neilson dies to find himself in a heaven more amazing than he could have ever dreamed of. There is one thing missing: his wife. After he dies, his wife, Annie, kills herself and goes to hell. Chris decides to risk eternity in hades for the small chance that he will be able to bring her back to heaven.

williams                                                                                           Jakob the Liar

In Nazi-occupied Poland a poor Jewish cafe owner invents fictitious news bulletins about Allied advances against the Nazis. These lies keep hope and humor alive among the ghetto inhabitants.

bicentennial man                                                                                        Bicentennial Man

A comedy about an android “household appliance” robot who just wants to be a regular guy.

seize the day                                                                                             Seize the Day

Tommy Wilhelm’s life is falling apart. He’s lost his job and his girlfriend, his investments have gone sour, he trusts the wrong people with the little money he has left, and he’s rejected by his own father. Quite simply, Tommy is a portrait of failure.

the big white                                                                                              The Big White

A quirky, black comedy about Paul Barnell, a nearly bankrupt Alaskan travel agent whose wife, Margaret, is on the brink of insanity. When he finds a frozen body in the dumpster behind his office, Paul thinks this is answer to his financial problems. He tries to pass the body off as his long-lost brother to collect on the insurance money. Not only does he have to worry about an unrelenting investigator and two aspiring hit men are also after him, his supposedly dead brother returns.

RV                                                                                                              RV

Bob is determined to combine work and pleasure. He rents a recreational motor home to drive his wife and kids on a scenic vacation to the Colorado Rockies. While trying to enjoy some much needed quality time with his family, Bob is secretly preparing a presentation for a high-stakes corporate merger. Their dysfunctional road trip leads to repeated encounters with the perky Gornicke family. The Gornicke’s don’t appear to be too bright, but to Bob, they represent the familial togetherness that Bob was hoping to regain.

night                                                                                                 Night Listener

In the midst of his crumbling relationship, a radio show host begins speaking to his biggest fan, a young boy, via the telephone. But when questions of the boy’s identity comes up, the host’s life is thrown into chaos.

house of d                                                                                                     House of D

By working through challenges stemming from his past, Tom Warshaw, an American artist living in Paris, begins to discover who he really is and returns to his home to reconcile with his family and friends.

Mark Rustman

Mark has been the library's music specialist for 30 years. He also enjoys movies, TV, fiction, and even an occasional biography (especially if it's about a movie star!)