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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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
The chocolate custard that is made for Leonard and Dr. Sayers is first shown to be crooked and off centered. Yet in the next shot, the cones handed to them are perfectly symmetrical. See more
Dr Malcolm Sayer
What we do know is that, as the chemical window closed, another awakening took place; that the human spirit is more powerful than any drug - and THAT is what needs to be nourished: with work, play, friendship, family. THESE are the things that matter. This is what we'd forgotten - the simplest things.
O Soave Fanciulla
from "La Bohème"
Written by Giacomo Puccini
Performed by Mirella Freni
and Nicolai Gedda
Orchestra of the Opera House, Rome
Conducted by Thomas Schippers
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