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.
- Year: 1990
- Country: United States of America
- Genre: Drama
- Studio: Parkes/Lasker productions
- Keyword: coma, experiment, based on novel or book, hope, miracle, based on true story, hospital, illness, woman director, comatose
- Director: Penny Marshall
- Cast: Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, John Heard, Julie Kavner, Penelope Ann Miller, Ruth Nelson