A new doctor finds himself with a ward full of catatonic patients. He is disturbed by them and the fact that they have been catatonic for decades with no hope of any cure. When he finds a possible chemical cure he gets permission to try it on one of them. When the first patient awakes, he is now an adult having gone into a catatonic state in his early teens. The film then delights in the new awareness of the patients and then on the reactions of their relatives to the changes in the newly awakened. Written by
John Vogel <email@example.com>
There is no such thing as a simple miracle.
Did You Know?
Prior to filming, the actors portraying patients studied films of Dr. Oliver Sacks
's actual post-encephalitis patients, and Robert De Niro
and Robin Williams
spent time with Sacks in the hospital observing him and his patients. See more
When Nurse Costello approaches Nurses Margaret and Beth, Margaret says, "The patients have all been given their morning medication." The program the nurses are watching is "Days Of Our Lives," which in 1969 was broadcast at 2PM in NYC; well into the afternoon. See more
You'd think at a certain point all these atypical somethings would amount to a typical something.
References Taxi Driver
Time of the Season
Written by Rod Argent
Performed by The Zombies
Courtesy of Marquis Enterprises Ltd.
by arrangment with Celebrity Licensing Inc. See more