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?
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 film is set in 1969, but the rear end of a 1972 Chevrolet Impala coupe is seen in a parking lot. The 72 Impala is also more weathered than a 1965 model in the same shot. See more
You'd think at a certain point all these atypical somethings would amount to a typical something.
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