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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 6 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Taglines:

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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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is the only film directed by George Miller that is not part of a larger franchise. See more »

Quotes

Augusto Odone: Dr. Nikolias, what about the other boys, what results are you seeing in them?
Professor Nikolias: As with Lorenzo it's too early to tell. We need this study to run for the full six months.
Augusto Odone: And that would tell you what is obvious right now? That avoiding apple skins and pizza has no effect on this brutal disease?
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Paul (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Is it a great film...?
22 March 2005 | by BlueGreenSee all my reviews

I saw this film several years ago. And yet it remains with me. I am not sure that it is "great film-making"; I do know, however, that it conveyed the story so effectively that even after 5 or 6 years (if not longer) I often remember it and draw inspiration from its story.

Susan Sarandon was superb. (But then, she usually is.) Nick Nolte's "Italian" accent was nothing short of horrendous. (It probably cost him a nomination.) But he managed to convey the incredible passion of a father - and THAT is what's important. That is what stays with me and inspires me.

Not sure how to rate it in terms of cinematographic art - but it gets a 10 as a source of inspiration.


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