The movie begins in the 1930's, when Robert De Niro is a boy, who slowly starts disconnecting with the world, and goes into a sort of catatonic state. Flash ahead about 30 years later in the 1960's, Robin Williams is a psychiatrist who starts at a mental hospital, the same hospital that a catatonic De Niro is at. Robin Williams starts experimenting with a drug mixture, that eventually awakens the catatonic patients, including De Niro. De Niro eventually awakens and starts to experience life with Robin Williams. De Niro also starts to fall for a young woman, who seems to like him too, but then things start to go down hill for De Niro. He starts exhibiting unusual signs, like scratching his temple a lot and severe shaking. Eventually good things do not last very long.
Continuity mistake: When Dr. Sayer and the group of patients are in the dance hall, he is sitting at a table with a drink. He picks up a cherry that is lying on a napkin near the drink and eats it. One of the female patients asks him to dance, and as he gets up the cherry has reappeared on the napkin.
Trivia: During the scene where Robin Williams (the doctor) has to restrain Robert DeNiro (the patient), Robin accidentally broke DeNiro's nose. DeNiro insisted that they continue with the filming until the scene was completed because he knew, from prior experience, that he wouldn't be able to film for at least a week, until the swelling and bruising went down. And DeNiro actually was glad it happened because it corrected the bump from the prior broken nose.MovieFan612
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