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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.

Director:

George Miller

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Nolte ... Augusto Odone
Susan Sarandon ... Michaela Odone
Peter Ustinov ... Professor Nikolais
Kathleen Wilhoite ... Deirdre Murphy
Gerry Bamman ... Doctor Judalon
Margo Martindale ... Wendy Gimble
James Rebhorn ... Ellard Muscatine
Ann Hearn ... Loretta Muscatine
Maduka Steady ... Omouri
Mary Wakio Mary Wakio ... Comorian Teacher
Don Suddaby Don Suddaby ... Himself
Colin Ward Colin Ward ... Jake Gimble
LaTanya Richardson Jackson ... Nurse Ruth (as La Tanya Richardson)
Jennifer Dundas ... Nurse Nancy Jo
William Cameron 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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Some people make their own miracles.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a child's life threatening ordeal | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

29 January 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un milagro para Lorenzo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,286,388
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

George Miller also co-wrote the script. What with his medical background, it lends the film a considerable accuracy when it comes to the progressive symptoms of ALD. See more »

Quotes

Augusto Odone: Michaela! They are the same enzyme! There is one enzyme for both chains. It's the same bloody enzyme!
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in The Critic: Dial 'M' for Mother (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Adagio for Strings
Written by Samuel Barber (as Barber)
Performed by City of London Sinfonia
Conducted by Richard Hickox
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This highly emotional story features peerless acting
24 January 1999 | by PelradSee all my reviews

A family returns to the U.S. from Africa only to discover that their son has acquired a very rare disease called A.L.D. While told to give up and let their son die because there is no cure in sight, the father goes to the library everyday after work to research into a possible cure. The greatest opposition he receives comes from the doctors who tell him to "let the professionals handle it" and from other parents whose children have the same illness who condemn him for "spreading false hopes". While scientists around the world are competing over each other to find a cure, Lorenzo's parents bring them together to consult. My all-time favourite film, this highly emotional true story features peerless acting, especially from Sarandon.


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