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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Deirdre Murphy
Doctor Judalon
Wendy Gimble
Mary Wakio ...
Comorian Teacher
Don Suddaby ...
Colin Ward ...
Jake Gimble
Nurse Ruth (as La Tanya Richardson)
Nurse Nancy Jo
William Cameron ...


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.



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


$30,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Michaela Odone died on June 10th, 2000, of lung cancer. Eight years before her son finally succumbed to ALD. See more »


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

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


Version of Voglia di vivere (1990) See more »


L'Elissir D'Amore - Una Furtiva Lagrima
Written by Gaetano Donizetti (as Donizetti)
Introduction performed by Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai (as Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI di Torino)
Conducted by Claudio Scimone
Aria performed by Tito Schipa
Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala (as Orchestra of La Scala)
Conducted by Carlo Sabajno
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Gripping and moving drama
20 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

"Lorenzo's Oil" is a movie about the triumph of human spirit and dogged determination. This movie is based on the true story of Michaela and Agusto Odone, whose child Lorenzo was diagnosed with adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), a degenerative nerve disorder that afflicts only little boys and is always fatal. Michaela and Agusto are determined to find a cure or treatment for this baffling disease while their son slowly and painfully deteriorates. That is the basic premise for the movie, but it is about much more than that.

Michaela and Agusto love their son with unwavering selflessness, and are willing to do anything in their power to save him. This movie is a gripping, touching drama that pulls you in and engulfs you, as finding a cure engulfs the Odones. By the end of the film you will feel a mix of emotions. This movie will give you a newfound respect for the mental and emotional power humans possess.

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