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Awakenings (1990)

Dr. Malcolm Sayer, a shy research physician, uses an experimental drug to "awaken" the catatonic victims of a rare disease. Leonard is the first patient to receive the controversial treatment. His awakening, filled with awe and enthusiasm, proves a rebirth for Sayer too, as the exuberant patient reveals life's simple but unutterably sweet pleasures to the introverted doctor.

Plot Keywords: coma, based on novel or book, experiment, miracle, hope, based on a true story, hospital, illness, woman director, comatose

DirectorPenny Marshall
WritersSteven Zaillian, Oliver Sacks
Production CompanyParkes/Lasker productions
Production CountryUnited States of America
Spoken LanguageEnglish

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