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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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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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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:

$7,286,388 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Although a medical drama might seem an odd choice for the director of the "Mad Max" movies, George Miller is in fact a qualified doctor. See more »

Quotes

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.
Loretta Muscatine: Has it occurred to you that maybe he ...
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Spoofed in Earthworm Jim 2 (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Requiem Mass - Agnus Dei
Written by Giuseppe Verdi (as Verdi)
Performed by Leontyne Price
Wiener Philharmoniker (as Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra)
Conducted by Fritz Reiner
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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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