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)

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


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


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


Gross: $7,286,388

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.
rare disease which destroys all basic functions like speech and movement
in the end takes the life of the person.
In this movie the parents fight the clock by doing their own research and

This is a true masterpiece, about hope. Acting and directing are
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
convincing in every way in this movie,
even though he has a very hard part playing an Italian(Augusto

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
does not share the same faith in saving the life of her

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
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