Video Release: November 29, 2001
Theatrical Release: 1990
Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
Studio: Columbia TriStar Home Video
- Dolby Surround, Dolby Surround
- Closed Captioned
- Colour, Color
- Runtime: 120 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Wide Screen
- Originally in English
- Released in English
A pioneering neurologist wants to take a risk and give his patients who suffer from encephalitis a drug used for Parkinson's Disease. He tries it out on one man who miraculously wakes from his perpetual catatonic state. After his initial success, the hospital staff allows him to "wake" the other patients on the ward, who all make remarkable recoveries. But the "miracle" proves fleeting as, one by one, the patients return to their solitary, trance-like worlds.
Based on the true story of a research physician who uses an experimental drug to "awaken" the catatonic victims of a rare sleeping sickness. The first patient to receive the drug (De Niro in an astounding performance) is filled with awe and enthusiasm that teaches the introverted doctor to value life's simple pleasures. Academy Award Nominations: 3, including Best Picture, Best Actor--Robert De Niro, Best (Adapted) Screenplay.