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The movie starts in the 1920s There is a young boy named Leonard Lowe He is a very smart boy who always gets good grades and he loves to read He suddenly starts having a slip in his behavior and his schoolwork gets worse This is because he contracted the disease encephalitis The next scene is modern times for them and takes place in the Bronx in 1969 It takes place in a mental hospital where a man named Dr Sawyer is looking for a job He used to be a research doctor and now is going to work in this mental hospital even though this is not his area of work Dr Sawyer really cares for the patients and most of them have encephalitis which is a disease contracted from mosquitoes that put the patient in a catatonic state That means they are in an unconscious state but the heart works but there is not any movement Only certain things will bring out a reaction in these people For instance Dr Sawyer can throw a ball at them and they react by catching the ball When the ball comes they stick out their arm and catch it but once the ball is caught their arms stay in that position One of the patients is Leonard Dr Sawyer takes a liking to him He notices that a certain stimuli can bring forth a small reaction in the patients If a person is being fed and they play a piece of music that he likes he will start eating on his own but that is all he will do nothing else A drug called LDopa is introduced to the market LDopa is a drug originally for Parkinsons Disease Dr Sawyer thinks that this drug could help cure the patients He takes it to the board and they let him try the drug on only one patient not all of them like he originally wanted
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