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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 <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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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 »

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Ellard Muscatine: When Michael, our first boy, got sick, we searched around looking for anything that might help him. You know what was the best thing that happened? He was taken quickly. Now Tommy... he has lasted three years, for two of them, he's been without his sight, his mind, everything that makes him a human being, he's a vegetable. Y'know if you would just stop all this denial, you wouldn't do a thing to prolong your boy's suffering and indignity one minute longer.
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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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