About

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.

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Directed by

Penny Marshall

Written by

Steven Zaillian (Screenplay)
Oliver Sacks (Book)

Runtime

120 minutes

Country

United States of America

Language

English

Tagline

There is no such thing as a simple miracle.

Cast

Keywords

woman director hospital based on novel or book experiment based on a true story coma hope illness miracle frustration comatose

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Awards

Oscar nomination for Best Picture Walter F. Parkes

Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role Robert De Niro

Oscar nomination for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium Steven Zaillian