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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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Deirdre Murphy
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Doctor Judalon
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Wendy Gimble
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Omouri
Mary Wakio ...
Comorian Teacher
Don Suddaby ...
Himself
Colin Ward ...
Jake Gimble
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Nurse Ruth (as La Tanya Richardson)
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Nurse Nancy Jo
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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doctor | disease | ald | brain | hope | See All (216) »

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Some people make their own miracles.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,286,388
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In a 2014 interview at the Florida Film Festival, Susan Sarandon said that Lorenzo's Oil was originally conceived and shot with the intent that as Lorenzo got sicker and sicker, the movie would fade from color to black and white. However, the production ran out of the money needed to process the film in that way, and the movie ended up being in color from beginning to end. She also said that this was actually the second movie in her career for which this had happened--that originally, the Rocky Horror Picture Show was supposed to be in black and white until the first appearance of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, when his red lips would have been the first item in color in the movie--but again, the production didn't have the money to process the film in that way, so the whole thing stayed in color. 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

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


Soundtracks

Kijana Mwana Mwali
Written by Idylio Cortini and Roberto Marini
Performed by Gonda Traditional Entertainers
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Gripping and moving drama
20 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

"Lorenzo's Oil" is a movie about the triumph of human spirit and dogged determination. This movie is based on the true story of Michaela and Agusto Odone, whose child Lorenzo was diagnosed with adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), a degenerative nerve disorder that afflicts only little boys and is always fatal. Michaela and Agusto are determined to find a cure or treatment for this baffling disease while their son slowly and painfully deteriorates. That is the basic premise for the movie, but it is about much more than that.

Michaela and Agusto love their son with unwavering selflessness, and are willing to do anything in their power to save him. This movie is a gripping, touching drama that pulls you in and engulfs you, as finding a cure engulfs the Odones. By the end of the film you will feel a mix of emotions. This movie will give you a newfound respect for the mental and emotional power humans possess.


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