With that, the whole catatonic ward staffs including the Head of the hospital changed their perception on the disorder and the patients.
The synopsis below may give away important plot points. Synopsis InDr. Malcolm Sayer Robin Williams is a dedicated and caring physician at a Bronx hospital. After working extensively with the catatonic patients who survived the encephalitis lethargica epidemic, Sayer discovers that certain stimuli reach beyond the patients' respective catatonic states: Activities such as catching a ball, hearing familiar music, and experiencing human touch all have unique effects on particular patients and offer a glimpse into their worlds.
While patient Leonard Lowe Robert De Niro proves elusive in this regard, Sayer soon discovers that Lowe is able to communicate with him using a Ouija board. After attending a lecture on the subject of L-Dopa and its success with Parkinson's sufferers, Sayer believes the drug may offer a breakthrough for his own group of patients.
A trial run with Lowe yields astounding results, as he completely "awakens" from his catatonic state; inspiring Sayer to seek funding so that all his patients can receive L-Dopa and experience "awakenings" back to reality. Meanwhile, Leonard is adjusting to his new life and becomes romantically interested in Paula Penelope Ann Millerthe daughter of another patient, and begins spending time with her when she comes to the hospital to visit her father.
Leonard also begins to chafe at the restrictions on him as an in-patient, desiring the freedom to come and go as he pleases, and stirs up a bit of a revolt in the process of arguing his case repeatedly to Sayer and the hospital administration. Sayer notices that as Leonard grows more agitated while battling administrators and staff about his perceived confinement, a number of facial and body tics are starting to manifest that Leonard has difficulty controlling.
While Sayer and the hospital staff continue to delight in the success of L-Dopa with this group of patients, they soon find that it is a temporary triumph. As the first to "awaken", Leonard is also the first to demonstrate the limited duration of this "awakening": His tics grow more and more prominent, he starts to shuffle more as he walks, and the rest of the patients are forced to witness what will eventually happen to them.
He soon begins to suffer full body spasms and can hardly move.
However, he puts up well with the pain, and asks Sayer to film him, in hopes that he will someday contribute to research that may eventually help others. Leonard acknowledges sadly what is happening to him and has a last lunch with Paula where he tells her he cannot see her anymore.
Sayer reconcile their differences, and Leonard returns to his catatonic state soon thereafter. The other patients' fears are similarly realized as each eventually returns to catatonia no matter how much their L-Dopa dosages are increased. Sayer tells a group of grant donors to the hospital that although the "awakening" did not last, another such awakening of learning to appreciate and live life took place.
The film ends with Sayer standing over the once-again-catatonic Leonard behind a Ouija board, with his hands on Leonard's hands, activating the planchette.A “diagnosis” is a statement or analysis, often after a doctor has looked at a person’s medical condition.
4 You see, Doc, we got MS, Teurette’s Syndrome, Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Sayer becomes convinced that the sleeping sickness patients are alive inside. . Awakenings is the remarkable account of a group of patients who contracted sleeping-sickness during the great epidemic just after World War I.
Frozen in a decades-long sleep, these men and women were given up as hopeless until , when Dr. Sacks gave them the then-new drug L-DOPA, which had an astonishing, explosive, “awakening” effect. Dr.
Oct 11, · Film Analysis “AWAKENINGS” This film tells the true story of british neurologist Oliver Sacks fictionalized as American Malcolm Sayer that portrayed by Robin Williams, who, in discovered beneficial effects of the drug L-Dopa.
The movie ends with Sayer standing over Leonard behind a Ouija board, with his hands on. Awakenings is a American drama film based on Oliver Sacks's memoir of the same title. It tells the story of Malcolm Sayer, who, in , discovered beneficial effects of the drug L-Dopa.
He administered it to catatonic patients who survived the –28 epidemic of encephalitis lethargica. Leonard Lowe and the rest of the patients were Music by: Randy Newman. The movie “Awakenings,” in which Dr. Sacks was renamed Malcolm Sayer, endeared him to the public and catapulted his books to widespread attention.
The movie Awakenings shows a very committed, patient, caring bedside manor by Dr. Sayer. Dr. Dr. Sayer is very persistent and courageous, despite his criticism and put .