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Lorenzo's Oil (1992)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  15 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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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 <>

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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:

15 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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Michelle Pfeiffer was originally cast as Michaela Odone but dropped out in order to play Catwoman in Batman Returns (1992) a role that Susan Sarandon also expressed interest in. The script for "Lorenzo's Oil" was given to Sarandon but she steadfastly refused to read it until she knew that Pfeiffer was no longer participating in the film. See more »


Professor Nikolias: Do you know how many children die every year from choking on french fries? Many more than from Adrenoleukodistrophy. You see, ours is what is known as an orphan disease, too small to be noticed, too small to be funded, especially with the iron hand of "Reganomics".
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Really,really great!
14 October 2002 | by (Larvik,Norway) – See all my reviews

Wow!,what a film.Based on a true story about little boy Lorenzo who gets an incurable disease called ALG.Parents never gives up to get a cure for the disease.And a cure there is,in form of an oil.This is an heartwarming,interesting and very important movie.Great performances all around.Especially Nick Nolte who did a great job with his italian accent.Definately one of his best performances. Sarandon and Ustinov are also great.Not to mention the little boy who played Lorenzo,fantastic. However this movie is not so well known.For us who have seen it,we all agree this is one outstanding movie,that sticks to your mind for a long time...

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