Awakenings is a 1990 drama film and tells the story of Malcolm Sayer, who, in 1969, discovered beneficial effects of the drug L-Dopa to catatonic patients who awakened after decades and dealt with a new life in a new time. Robin Williams is fabulous as a caring doctor who wants to go the extra mile to treat his patients with a new drug.

The story of a doctor's extraordinary work in the Sixties with a group of catatonic patients he finds languishing in a Bronx hospital. Speculating that their rigidity may be akin to an extreme form of Parkinsonism, he seeks permission from his skeptical superiors to treat them with L-dopa, a drug that was used to treat Parkinson's disease at the time.