Lorenzo's Oil (1992)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  29 January 1993 (USA)
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A boy develops a disease so rare that nobody is working on a cure, so his father decides to learn all about it and tackle the problem himself.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Professor Nikolais
Deirdre Murphy
Doctor Judalon
Wendy Gimble
Ellard Muscatine
Loretta Muscatine
Mary Wakio ...
Comorian Teacher
Don Suddaby ...
Colin Ward ...
Jake Gimble
Nurse Ruth (as La Tanya Richardson)
Nurse Nancy Jo
William Cameron ...


Until about the age of 7, Lorenzo Odone was a normal child. After then, strange things began to happen to him: he would have blackouts, memory lapses, and other strange mental phemonenons. He is eventually diagnosed as suffering from ALD: an extremely rare incurable degenerative brain disorder. Frustrated at the failings of doctors and medicine in this area, the Odones begin to educate themselves in the hope of discovering something which can halt the progress of the disease. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a child's life threatening ordeal | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 January 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un milagro para Lorenzo  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)


$7,286,388 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Don Suddaby (who plays himself in the film) is the actual London biochemist that has synthesized the pure oil (erucic acid) that was used to treat Lorenzo. See more »


Ellard Muscatine: When Michael, our first boy, got sick, we searched around looking for anything that might help him. You know what was the best thing that happened? He was taken quickly. Now Tommy... he has lasted three years, for two of them, he's been without his sight, his mind, everything that makes him a human being, he's a vegetable. Y'know if you would just stop all this denial, you wouldn't do a thing to prolong your boy's suffering and indignity one minute longer.
Loretta Muscatine: Has it occurred to you that maybe he ...
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During the credits pictures of children are shown, which were cured by "Lorenzo's Oil". See more »


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3 November 2002 | by (Campina Grande, Brazil) – See all my reviews

No doubt Nick Nolte and Susan Sarandon are two great actors who have been part of wonderful movies. In "Lorenzo's Oil" they're even better than usual. The story is about a boy who has a rare disease that kills him little by little. His parents, played by Nolte and Sarandon, make their best to help the boy. Great direction by George Miller.

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