1969. Dr. Malcolm Sayer is hired as a clinical physician at a psychiatric hospital in the Bronx, despite he only having a research background. The job is not ideal on his side as he has difficulties relating to people which is the reason he has focused on research projects not involving human subjects, while the hospital hires him somewhat out of desperation in not finding anyone else with the qualifications who wants the job. Most of his patients are in a semi-catatonic state and are housed in what some of the orderlies coin the "garden" ward, where all they can do for the patients is water and feed them. He notices that some of the patients, despite their generally catatonic state, respond in unusual ways to certain stimuli. In doing some research, he also finds that some common bonds between these patients are that they suffered from encephalitis in the 1920s or 1930s, and that their physical states are like they have Parkinson's disease frozen in time. As such, he is able to ... Written by
There is no such thing as a simple miracle.
Did You Know?
Dr. Malcolm Sayer, is a fictionalized version of Dr. Oliver Sacks, who both wrote a book and made a documentary film on the effects of L-Dopa on his patients. In this movie, Sayer eventually overcomes his shyness and accepts a date with Eleanor; in his 2015 autobiography On the Move, Dr. Sacks says that (like his fictional counterpart) he was very shy when he was younger, but he was (and is) also gay. See more
When Doctor Sayer and Leonard are driving through the streets, the New York City Buses are GMC RTSs which were not produced until 1979. The film takes place in the 1960s. See more
Where are my glasses?
They're on your face.
Written by Gene Rodemich
(as G. Rodemich) and Larry Conley
(as L. Conley)
Performed by Fletcher Henderson
Courtesy of MCA Records See more