Based on the acclaimed book by neurologist Oliver Sacks, director Penny Marshall's hit 1990 drama Awakenings
stars Robin Williams as Dr. Malcolm Sayer. Sayer is a neurologist who discovers that the drug L-Dopa can be used to "unlock" patients in a mental hospital from the mysterious sleeping sickness that has left them utterly immobilized. Leonard (Robert De Niro) is one such patient who awakens after being in a comatose state for 30 years, leaving Sayer to guide Leonard in adjusting to the world around him. Penelope Ann Miller costars as the daughter of another patient, with whom Leonard falls tenuously in love. Earning Oscar nominations for best picture, actor and screenplay, this moving fact-based drama was a hit with critics and audiences alike. --Jeff Shannon
Dr Malcolm Sayer (Robin Williams) is a shy neurologist and keen lover of earthworms and botany who accidentally wins a job at the New York Bainbridge Hospital looking after catatonics. He discovers, through sheer patience, hard work and experimentation, that the patients may be revivable, with one patient (Robert De Niro) responding to treatment after thirty years' 'sleep'.