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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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Nick Nolte says "Bravo" to Susan Sarandon. Jack Nicholson said the same thing to her in George Miller's previous film The Witches of Eastwick (1987). See more »


Michaela Odone: The life of one boy is not enough reward for you to risk the reputation of the institution and the esteem of your peers.
Professor Nikolias: That was uncalled for. Your responsibility is merely towards your own child. My responsibility is towards all the boys that suffer from this disease, now and in the future. Of course I anguish for the suffering of your boy. And of course I applaud you for the efforts you make on his behalf. But I will have nothing to do with this oil.
Michaela Odone: We are not asking, Doctor, for your ...
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Crazy Credits

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


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Ave Verum Corpus KV 618
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as Mozart)
Performed by Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Conducted by Leonard Bernstein
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Susan shines and who would expect any less??
25 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

Susan Sarandon is one of the greatest actresses ever, in my opinion. Some may not agree, but I would surely have a strong argument, with her performance in Lorenzo's Oil as my just part of my evidence. I have come to expect a lot of Susan, after her performances in Rocky Horror, Bull Durham and Thelma & Louise and she didn't disappoint me here. As Michaela Odone, the mother of Lorenzo, who has a terminal disease ALD, she perfectly skates that fine line between being a caring parent and a crazed mother obsessed with keeping her son alive, and if the nurses don't like it, too bad. Even Michaela's own sister is told to leave, because she thinks Michaela is losing it. Susan exquisitely shows the pain and sacrifice of a mother watching her son deteriorate while she is basically powerless to stop it. "How can I enjoy anything when he enjoys nothing?" This question truly reveals Michaela's agony. I think she was criminally robbed of an oscar. I would watch this movie for her performance alone. However, this is not all the movie has to offer. Nick Nolte also delivers as the father, Augusto, showing a slightly different angle with his side of the story. Together, they create what I consider to be a masterpiece. 10/10

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