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- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 2 hours, 16 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: April 6, 2004
- Originally Released: 1993
- Label: Universal Studios
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Nick Nolte & Susan Sarandon|
|Performer:||Peter Ustinov, Kathleen Wilhoite, Zack O'Malley Greenburg, Laura Linney, Gerry Bamman, Margo Martindale, James Rebhorn, Ann Hearn & Ann Dowd|
|Directed by||George Miller|
|Produced by||George Miller & Doug Mitchell|
|Director of Photography:||John Seale|
If any movie of recent years deserves to be called "inspirational"--a much-abused term that one hesitates to revive apart from exceptional circumstances--this one certainly does. Full Review
Sarandon ... convincingly conveys a fierceness and tenacity that is almost frightening. The character never lets up, and neither does the film. Full Review
The questions this movie raises about the medical establishment, drug testing and the clash between science and compassion cannot fail to evoke the battles raging over AIDS. Lorenzo's Oil is strong medicine indeed. Full Review
Rating: 4/4 -- It takes a heartbreaking story and pushes it to the limit, showing us the lengths of courage and imagination that people can summon when they must. Full Review
Rating: 4/5 -- Intense film about a boy's fatal illness has heavy themes. Full Review
Common Sense Media
Lumbers along worthily. Full Review
Rating: 4/5 -- This film has an appealingly brisk, unsentimental style and a rare ability to compress and convey detailed medical data.
New York Times
Based on a true 1985 story, "Lorenzo's Oil" chronicles a couple's search for a cure for their son's fatal disease. After diagnosing 5-year-old Lorenzo Odone's condition as an extremly rare degeneration of the nervous system known as Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), the doctors tell his parents that there is nothing that can be done, and that he has only two years to live. Refusing to accept the word of the medical establishment, the Odones begin researching ALD themselves. As her husband desperately seeks a cure, the boy's mother devotes herself to keeping her child alive with a single-minded fanaticism that alienates everyone around her, including, at times, her husband. Academy Award Nominations: 2, including Best (Original) Screenplay, Best Actress--Susan Sarandon.
Family Interaction | Tear Jerker | Children | Illness | Personal Triumph | Recommended | Doctors | Parenthood | Achievers | Heartwarming | Health | Parents | Family Crises | Fathers And Sons | Diseases
- Color by Technicolor and Atlab.
- Filmed in location predominantely in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
- "Lorenzo's Oil" is based on a true story. The real Lorenzo Odone survived the supposedly incurable disease, thanks to his parents discovery, and is now 14-years-old.
- Australian director George Miller ("Mad Max") was a medical doctor before becoming a film director.
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