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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 ... Pellerman
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Storyline

Until about the age of seven, 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 (adrenoleukodystrophy): 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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$79,353, 3 January 1993

Gross USA:

$7,286,388

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,286,388
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Middle: Halloween III: The Driving (2012) 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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Really,really great!
14 October 2002 | by kimnil80See all my reviews

Wow!,what a film.Based on a true story about little boy Lorenzo who gets an incurable disease called ALG.Parents never gives up to get a cure for the disease.And a cure there is,in form of an oil.This is an heartwarming,interesting and very important movie.Great performances all around.Especially Nick Nolte who did a great job with his italian accent.Definately one of his best performances. Sarandon and Ustinov are also great.Not to mention the little boy who played Lorenzo,fantastic. However this movie is not so well known.For us who have seen it,we all agree this is one outstanding movie,that sticks to your mind for a long time...

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