Lorenzo's Oil

January 15th, 1993


Lorenzo's Oil

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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.

Release Year: 1992

Rating: 7.0/10 (9,279 voted)

Director: George Miller

Stars: Nick Nolte, Susan Sarandon, Peter Ustinov

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.

Writers: George Miller, Nick Enright

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 - Comorian Teacher
Don Suddaby - Don Suddaby
Colin Ward - Jake Gimble
LaTanya Richardson - Nurse Ruth (as La Tanya Richardson)
Jennifer Dundas - Nurse Nancy Jo
William Cameron - Pellerman

Taglines: Some people make their own miracles.

Release Date: 15 January 1993

Filming Locations: Carnegie Mellon University - 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $30,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $7,286,388 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Lorenzo Odone, who doctors had predicted would die in childhood, died Friday May 30, 2008 - one day after his 30th birthday.

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?

User Review

A story about hope.

Rating: 9/10

Lorenzo's oil

A true story about a battle for the life of Lorenzo who suffers from ALD. A rare disease which destroys all basic functions like speech and movement and in the end takes the life of the person. In this movie the parents fight the clock by doing their own research and investigation.

This is a true masterpiece, about hope. Acting and directing are fabulous. You can feel the cast being involved. I have seen a a lot of movies of Nick Nolte , but this must be one of his better ones. Here he proves he can do more than "another 48 hours". Nick is convincing in every way in this movie, even though he has a very hard part playing an Italian(Augusto Odone).

Susan Sarandon plays the mother of Lorenzo. It's incredible how she plays the part of a mother near the end of her powers pushing away everybody that does not share the same faith in saving the life of her son.

This movie is underrated, and should be given a chance. I seen a lot of movies and normally i do not watch this kind of movies, they cannot hold m y attention for long. But this one is different and really heartbreaking.

I had never heard about ALD. So today i did some investigation, and found out that Lorenzo still lives and you can write him if you want


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