Marshall, who directs from Steven Zaillian's economic screenplay, wins a chain of lustrous performances from an eclectic cast that includes Julie Kavner as Sayer's sympathetic nurse; Penelope Ann Miller as Lowe's enchanting love interest; Keith Diamond as an enthusiastic orderly; and the late Dexter Gordon, appearing for the last time on film, as another of Sayer's awakened patients. London-born, the child of two physicians, he got his medical training at Oxford and then came to America -- first to San Francisco and then to New York -- to pursue neurological research. He is a lovable man here, who experiences the extraordinary professional joy of seeing chronic, hopeless patients once again sing and dance and greet their loved ones. Why was I so lucky? The film, directed with intelligence and heart by Penny Marshall, is based on a famous 1972 book by , the British-born New York neurologist whose ital The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat unital is a classic of medical literature. Lowe gets called to the hospital, unable to comprehend how her little boy, who was never disobedient and never demanded a single thing, could do something like this. That means, unlike Hollywood films with nice and tidy ends where all the goodies get what they deserve, in this end, some good and deserving people get bad stuff they do not deserve. Lowe even shows interest in women, especially the daughter of a patient in the same hospital.
Sacks himself is a well-read, poetically inclined man who draws on a range of imaginative references, from John Donne to Virgil, from Sleeping Beauty to Alice in Wonderland; and at least one of his patients the man called Leonard L. I know it's not 1926. The symptoms can include fatigue, shortness of breath, or dizziness. He has been on hold for three decades. He begins to experience convulsions, paranoia, and psychotic behavior. If one has no hope, which is better: To remain hopeless, or to be given hope and then lose it again? Also check the reservoir on top of the Master Cylinder to be sure it isn't seeping, too. Sayers, Leonard and the others are about to learn that there is no such thing as a simple miracle… I cannot quite describe how this film made me feel.
Survivors displayed what is known as post-encephalitic Parkinson's disease. He becomes delusional and paranoid as his tics grow more pronounced, leaving a hospital full of doctors completely helpless toward or ignorant of his condition. And as the movie unfolds, we are invited to meditate on the strangeness and wonder of the human personality. It just reinforces what I have always said, life itself, real life, is full of the most incredible stories and lessons. When the flow of blood is too low to deliver enough oxygen and nutrients to vital organs such as the brain, heart, and kidney, the organs do not function norma … lly and may be permanently damaged. Williams, very persuasive as this stiff and timid neurologist, is at first seen bucking a stereotypically small-minded hospital official John Heard in order to win the opportunity to experiment with L-dopa. Now, in his late 1940s, he is filled with wonder and gratitude to be able to move around freely and express himself.
How kind is it to give life, only to take it away? If the patients did eventually wake up the majority simply died during the acute phase , they were likely to find themselves in the distorted condition of extreme Parkinson's patients, with rigidly twisted limbs, little or no mobility and a strangely suspended or intermittent relationship to time. But the reaction he got from the British medical community ranged from silence to outright condemnation. This raucous transformation process involves Anne Meara, Judith Malina, Richard Libertini and numerous over-the-top performers as antic patients Alice Drummond, as a demure elderly lady, and Dexter Gordon, as a quietly elegant musician in the group, provide these scenes' only note of peace. They get up from their beds, walk around and explore the hospital, chatting away with excitement in their voices. What did I do to deserve this perfect child, this perfect life? If anemia isn't treated quickly, it can eventually be life-threatening.
Many of them catch the ball, revealing that they have the same mysterious condition. The hospital was merged in with Saint Mary's Hospital in Troy in the Mid 1990's and a new health organization was formed called Seton Health System. With the confirmation, that there is some awareness left in Leonard, he lines all of his patients up and repeatedly throws a baseball. Its centerpiece is of course Mr. All those things you tend to take for granted in life. How much of the self we treasure so much is simply a matter of good luck, of being spared in a minefield of neurological chance? Through a number of unusual experiments and despite of ridicule being thrown at him, he gets to the root of the issue and finds a drug that has the potential to awake his patients who have seemingly turned into living statues.
It gets worse and worse and at some point he can not even properly write with a pen anymore. Their wildly unpredictable reactions to this physiological windfall, as documented scrupulously and reflectively by Dr. He arrived at the hospital in 1966, one year out of residency. History has leapt over them, not once but twice, while they remain frozen in time. He enjoys going out, writing, and practicing several different activities.
Eliot in the journal he wrote describing his illness. In part because of concerns about patient confidentiality, and in part because he still had strong ties to his homeland, Dr. The others in the ward keep repeating his words in a slurred manner, clearly not understanding what they are saying. Love and lust stir within him for the first time. I came across this film in the bargain basket of a big chain store. At the end of this day, Eleanor heads out of the building to go home, but she gets stopped by Sayer who suddenly jumps up from his chair in his office and shouts out the window for her to wait. But what was merely surprising or clever or sentimentally touching in the Hollywood movie is, in contrast, devastatingly affecting in Duncan Dallas's 40-minute film.
Sayer, played by Williams, is at the center of almost every scene, and his personality becomes one of the touchstones of the movie. Going for a walk on your own. The disease is not an open-and-shut case. Many years later, as a patient on the ward where Dr. Some are animated by music, some by sudden movements, others by being touched. His conditions worsened with time and he started having tremors and losing his capacity to move. Subsequently, he grew angrier, more messianic, more power-mad and more sexually aggressive, at first attacking nurses and subsequently trying to hurt himself.
Check out the link below: Low blood sugar can be quite serious. Overcome with constant spasms and ticks, he shouts that it is the doctors who have a problem, not the patients. What I feel is the joy of life, the gift of life, the freedom of life, the wonderment of life! The patients have to adapt to this new life and the fact that they have missed decades of their lives, none of them easy feats. Sacks' patients were victims of a worldwide sleeping sickness encephalitis lethargica epidemic which broke out after World War I. It should be seen by doctors, nurses and medical students, but it should also be seen by poets, philosophers, journalists, social workers, legislators and historians. Once, more than 20 years ago, Sacks presid- ed over a group of granitelike patients for whom the term grateful dead seemed all too appropriate. Is their ordeal finally over? Lowe, delighted with the simplest things -- the breeze from a fan, brushing his teeth -- never complains about what he has lost, only relishes what he has gained.
The final scene shows Sayer using the Ouija board with Leonard once again. In a way I would say that it affects everyone like alcohol--meaning everybody responds differently. But it is a testament to the strength of the human soul. We watch Ed come to life -- Ed, the real man behind the character Leonard L. The screenplay's possible attempts at humor rarely help. For this reason, among others, the effect of watching the documentary is profound. Some time passes and the patients continue feeling well and go about their day doing things they like: They entertain themselves with crafty projects, play the piano and read books, but some of them start to become bitter over having lost so many years of their lives.