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Lorenzo's Oil (1992)

PG-13 | | Drama | 29 January 1993 (USA)
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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Deirdre Murphy
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Doctor Judalon
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Wendy Gimble
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Ellard Muscatine
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Loretta Muscatine
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Omouri
Mary Wakio ...
Comorian Teacher
Don Suddaby ...
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Jake Gimble
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Nurse Ruth (as La Tanya Richardson)
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Nurse Nancy Jo
William Cameron ...
Pellerman
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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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disease | ald | brain | hope | medicine | See All (217) »

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Some people make their own miracles.

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

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29 January 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un milagro para Lorenzo  »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$7,286,388 (USA)
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George Miller also co-wrote the script. What with his medical background, it lends the film a considerable accuracy when it comes to the progressive symptoms of ALD. See more »

Quotes

Michaela Odone: The life of one boy is not enough reward for you to risk the reputation of the institution and the esteem of your peers.
Professor Nikolias: That was uncalled for. Your responsibility is merely towards your own child. My responsibility is towards all the boys that suffer from this disease, now and in the future. Of course I anguish for the suffering of your boy. And of course I applaud you for the efforts you make on his behalf. But I will have nothing to do with this oil.
Michaela Odone: We are not asking, Doctor, for your ...
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Lorenzo's scream is heard right at the very end of the film. See more »

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Referenced in How Art Made the World (2005) See more »

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This highly emotional story features peerless acting
24 January 1999 | by (British Columbia) – See all my reviews

A family returns to the U.S. from Africa only to discover that their son has acquired a very rare disease called A.L.D. While told to give up and let their son die because there is no cure in sight, the father goes to the library everyday after work to research into a possible cure. The greatest opposition he receives comes from the doctors who tell him to "let the professionals handle it" and from other parents whose children have the same illness who condemn him for "spreading false hopes". While scientists around the world are competing over each other to find a cure, Lorenzo's parents bring them together to consult. My all-time favourite film, this highly emotional true story features peerless acting, especially from Sarandon.


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