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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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... Augusto Odone
... Michaela Odone
... Professor Nikolais
... Deirdre Murphy
... Doctor Judalon
... Wendy Gimble
... Ellard Muscatine
... Loretta Muscatine
... Omouri
Mary Wakio ... Comorian Teacher
Don Suddaby ... Himself
Colin Ward ... Jake Gimble
... Nurse Ruth (as La Tanya Richardson)
... Nurse Nancy Jo
William Cameron ... Pellerman
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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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Drama

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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 USA:

$7,286,388
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Lorenzo's actual secretary (Rita Chapman, née Fussey) had an uncredited walk on part 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.
Loretta Muscatine: Has it occurred to you that maybe he ...
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Crazy Credits

During the credits pictures of children are shown, which were cured by "Lorenzo's Oil". See more »

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Version of Voglia di vivere (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

La Traviata - Parigi, o Cara
Written by Giuseppe Verdi (as Verdi)
Performed by Joan Carden and Richard Greager
The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra
Conducted by Carlo Felice Cillario
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Heartbreaking tale of the triumph of the human spirit; Sarandon's best work ever
11 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

LORENZO'S OIL (1992) **** Nick Nolte, Susan Sarandon, Peter Ustinov, Zack O' Malley Greenburg, Kathleen Wilhoite. Powerful and educational true life story of Augusto and Michaela Odone who learn their young son is stricken with a devestating and rare disease (adrenoleukodystrophy or ALD) with no cure. The parents take on the awesome task of finding hope when doctors and support groups won't make an effort in learning how to conquer their son's debilitating nerve disorder. Although there are some distrubingly realistic depictions of a child suffering, the film never insults or preaches, but instead, enlightens. Sarandon, in my opinion was cheated out of an Oscar (she lost to Emma Thompson for "Howard's End"), gives the performance of her career and Nolte is wonderful as the frustrated father who risks everything in his research odyssey. Effectively directed by George Miller ("Mad Max") who also has a degree as a doctor (!)


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