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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »
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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 ...
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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Storyline

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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Drama

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  »

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$7,286,388 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Lorenzo is played by six different actors in the film. See more »

Quotes

Augusto Odone: When we first went to the Comoros, what did we do? We got to know the country, right?
Michaela Odone: Yes
Augusto Odone: We studied, we got to know the language, resources, its law. We studied, right? We should threat Lorenzo's illness like another country.
Michaela Odone: I don't quite see the analogy.
Augusto Odone: All right, all right. ALD has many dimensions, right?
Michaela Odone: Yes
Augusto Odone: So, in order to understand it, we need to command genetics, biochemistry, microbiology, neurology, ology-ology.
Michaela Odone: Augusto, we don't have time to go to medical school.
Augusto Odone: Michaela, the ...
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Crazy Credits

During the credits pictures of children are shown, which were cured by "Lorenzo's Oil". See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Critic: Dial 'M' for Mother (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Adagio for Strings
Written by Samuel Barber (as Barber)
Performed by City of London Sinfonia
Conducted by Richard Hickox
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An Underappreciated Master
18 February 2003 | by (Yarblesville) – See all my reviews

The directors with real master-level technique are few and far between. Great technique does not, all on its own, make a film great, but it can certainly make it watchable, and all of George Miller's movies are at least that.

The really interesting thing about Miller is that he's not a film school graduate. In fact, he's a medical doctor. What he knows about how to make movies is clearly the product of an intuitive approach, not an academic's. You can feel Miller's passion for filmmaking in pretty much every shot.

This film displays Miller's virtuosity with the camera and editing far better than any of the Mad Max films, because the setting here is "normal" and therefore less distracting. And check out the performances he gets -- not a false note in the entire piece by anybody.

Can't wait for Fury Road.


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