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  1. Synopsis (1) Summaries The victims of an encephalitis epidemic many years ago have been catatonic ever since, but now a new drug offers the prospect of reviving them. 1969. Dr. Malcolm Sayer is hired as a clinical physician at a local hospital in the Bronx, despite he only having a research background.

  2. Awakenings is an American drama released in 1990, based on the neurologist Oliver Sack 's studies on patients in a behavioral institution in the late 1960 's. The movie starts with Dr. Sack 's character fictionalized as Dr. Malcom Sayer interacting with catatonic patients who survived the epidemic of Encephalitis Lethargica from 1917 to 1928.

  3. Her husband and two children are oblivious to her disease and after recently leaving her husband because of his suspected infidelity, which he denies, she gets mixed up with some drug dealers and her father's dealings with them which may hold the cure to her condition - Awakenings is about some of the lies we live by in family, relationships and the system, where connecting and expressing meaningful love with others is getting lost with the institutions we trust.

  4. Dec 20, 1990 · This is the great discovery in the opening scenes of "Awakenings," preparing the way for sequences of enormous joy and heartbreak, as the patients are "awakened" to a personal freedom they had lost all hope of ever again experiencing -- only to find that their liberation comes with its own cruel set of conditions.

  5. Plot summary. The movie begins in the 1930's, when Robert De Niro is a boy, who slowly starts disconnecting with the world, and goes into a sort of catatonic state. Flash ahead about 30 years later in the 1960's, Robin Williams is a psychiatrist who starts at a mental hospital, the same hospital that a catatonic De Niro is at.

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