Lorenzo's Oil

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Released 1992

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Director:
George Miller (II)
Released:
1992
Rating:
PG-13
Lorenzo's Oil, a 1992 drama based on a true story, stars Susan Sarandon and Nick Nolte as parents whose young son is dying of a terminal illness. Augusto (Nick Nolte) and Michaela Odone (Susan Sarandon) learn that their little boy, Lorenzo (Zack O'Malley Greenburg), has ALD, a rare and fatal disease of the nervous system. Dissatisfied with doctors who tell him to wait for scientists to find a cure, Augusto reads everything he can about the disease and visits other children with ALD. Meanwhile, Michaela is convinced that her son will recover; even as the disease destroys his ability to see, hear, or feel, she constantly reads and talks to him. As Lorenzo's health declines, Michaela joins Augusto on his mission to find a treatment. Realizing that ALD breaks down a covering that protects nerves, the Odones need to find a chemist willing to synthesize an oil to replace the covering, and stop the spread of the disease, before they lose their son.moreless

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  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    You may have heard that Lorenzo's Oil is a harrowing movie experience. It is, but in the best way. It takes a heartbreaking story and pushes it to the limit, showing us the lengths...

  • 88

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Joe Holleman

    Although viewing this movie leaves you raw emotionally, it is a powerful testimony to one family's unwavering love and willpower, captured splendidly by Susan Sarandon, Nick Nolte ...

  • 88

    The Seattle Times

    Lorenzo's Oil begins with an epigram stating that life has meaning only in the struggle. As the film unfolds over 2 hours and 15 minutes, those words take on a greater and deeper s...

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Drama

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child hero, med school, last chance for hope, high stake situations, coping with death