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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... 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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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$7,286,388
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Trivia

George Miller's first film since The Witches of Eastwick (1987). It reunites him with Susan Sarandon. See more »

Quotes

Professor Nikolias: Do you know how many children die every year from choking on french fries? Many more than from Adrenoleukodistrophy. You see, ours is what is known as an orphan disease, too small to be noticed, too small to be funded, especially with the iron hand of "Reganomics".
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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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Referenced in American Dad!: Stan's Best Friend (2012) See more »

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Norma - Introduction to Act II
Performed by Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala (as Orchestra of La Scala Opera House)
Conducted by Tullio Serafin
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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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