D: Penny Marshall
Columbia Tristar (Lawrence Lasker & Walter F.
USA 🇺🇸 1990
W: Steven Zaillian [based on the book by
Dr. Oliver Sacks]
DP: Miroslav Ondricek
Ed: Jerry Greenberg
Mus: Randy Newman
PD: Anton Furst
Robin Williams (Dr. Malcolm
Sayer), Robert DeNiro (Leonard Lowe), Julie Kavner (Eleanor Costello), Ruth Nelson (Mrs. Lowe), John Heard (Dr. Kaufman), Penelope Ann Miller (Paula), Max Von Sydow (Dr.
Based on an inspiring true story, Robin Williams plays a
young neurologist who treats a group of patients suffering from encephalitis with a new drug, which brings them out of their catatonic state for the first time in 30 years, but the victims
soon start to become immune to the drug and slip back into their comatose states.
The movie is a sentimental tearjerker, which has a
needless pantomime villain in the shape of John Heard's character, but Robin Williams and Robert DeNiro are both excellent and have a fine on-screen partnership. Penelope Ann Miller is
also very good as DeNiro's love interest.
A truly emotional experience.