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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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Omouri
Mary Wakio ...
Comorian Teacher
Don Suddaby ...
Himself
Colin Ward ...
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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doctor | disease | ald | brain | hope | See All (216) »

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Some people make their own miracles.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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)

Gross USA:

$7,286,388
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Trivia

This is the only film directed by George Miller that is not part of a larger franchise. See more »

Quotes

Augusto Odone: Dr. Nikolias, what about the other boys, what results are you seeing in them?
Professor Nikolias: As with Lorenzo it's too early to tell. We need this study to run for the full six months.
Augusto Odone: And that would tell you what is obvious right now? That avoiding apple skins and pizza has no effect on this brutal disease?
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Crazy Credits

Lorenzo's scream is heard right at the very end of the film. See more »

Connections

Featured in 40,000 Years of Dreaming (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Agnus Dei
Written by Samuel Barber (as Barber)
Performed by the Corydon Singers
Conducted by Matthew Best
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Turning misfortune into miracles; turning tragedy into triumph
1 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is the true story of Lorenzo Michael Murphy Odone, who, at the age of seven, suffered from a rare, incurable brain disease called ALD. The doctors said there was nothing they could do and that he would die within 24 months of diagnosis. Lorenzo's parents, Augusto Odone (Nick Nolte) and Michaela Odone (Susan Sarandon) decided to gather all the information they could find on their own. Day by day, night by night, from laymen to dedicated researchers, they discovered an awful lot more about the disorder than doctors and scientists. As Lorenzo's condition deteriorated, they never ceased to soldier on. Eventually, Augusto Odone solved the mystery and invented a prescription- a special form of olive oil which could help boys (the disease is passed on by the mothers to their sons, not their daughters) with ALD. Because of his contribution, Odone received an honorary medical degree. And at the age of fourteen, Lorenzo could make some movements and began trying to communicate with the outside world with a computer...

I wept several times when watching this film. Notwithstanding all the odds, the Odones struggled and conquered their misfortune, and their achievement was outstanding. This is an intense drama with fine acting and something to think about deeply.


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