- Original title
- Running time
- 121 min.
- United States
Steven Zaillian (Book: Oliver Sacks)
Robert De Niro,
Penelope Ann Miller,
Max von Sydow,
Drama | Melodrama. Medical. Disease. Disability. 1960s. Based On A True Story
- Movie Groups
Oliver Sacks Adaptations
- Synopsis / Plot
- Dr. Malcolm Sayer (Robin Williams) is a pioneering neurologist who wants to take a risk and give his patients who suffer from encephalitis a drug used for Parkinson's Disease. He tries it out on one man who miraculously wakes from his perpetual catatonic state. After his initial success, the hospital staff allows him to "wake" the other patients on the ward, who all make remarkable recoveries. But the "miracle" proves fleeting as, one by one, the patients return to their solitary, trance-like worlds.
: 3 Nominations for Oscar: Best Movie, Actor (Robert of Niro), Adapted Screenplay
: Golden Globes: Nominated for Best Actor Drama (Robin Williams)
: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Actor (Robert De Niro)
: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Nominated for Best Film
: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay
1990: Chicago Film Critics Association: Nominated for Best Actor (Robert De Niro)
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