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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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Doctor Judalon
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Mary Wakio ...
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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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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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Un milagro para Lorenzo  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$7,286,388 (USA)
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In a 2014 interview at the Florida Film Festival, Susan Sarandon said that Lorenzo's Oil was originally conceived and shot with the intent that as Lorenzo got sicker and sicker, the movie would fade from color to black and white. However, the production ran out of the money needed to process the film in that way, and the movie ended up being in color from beginning to end. She also said that this was actually the second movie in her career for which this had happened--that originally, the Rocky Horror Picture Show was supposed to be in black and white until the first appearance of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, when his red lips would have been the first item in color in the movie--but again, the production didn't have the money to process the film in that way, so the whole thing stayed in color. See more »

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Augusto Odone: Michaela! They are the same enzyme! There is one enzyme for both chains. It's the same bloody enzyme!
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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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This highly emotional story features peerless acting
24 January 1999 | by (Shanghai, China) – 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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