Lorenzo's Oil

Lorenzo's Oil

Director: George Miller Cast: Nick Nolte, Susan Sarandon, Peter Ustinov
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Lorenzo's Oil

Nick Nolte and Susan Sarandon star in this moving drama about parents fighting for the life of their child, which has been given a straightforward DVD release. Lorenzo's Oil has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which has been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo; the dialogue is in English, with optional subtitles in English, French and Spanish. The film's original trailer is included as a bonus.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/06/2004
UPC: 0025192197024
Original Release: 1992
Rating: PG-13
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:16:00
Sales rank: 3,498

Special Features

Original trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nick Nolte Augusto Odone
Susan Sarandon Michaela Odone
Peter Ustinov Professor Nikolais
Kathleen Wilhoite Deirdre Murphy
Gerry Bamman Doctor Judalon
Zack O'Malley Greenburg Lorenzo Odone
Margo Martindale Wendy Gimble
James Rebhorn Ellard Muscatine
Ann Hearn Loretta Muscatine
Maduka Steady Omouri
Mary Wakio Comorian Teacher
Don Suddaby Himself
Becky Ann Baker Pellerman's Secretary
Angus Barnett Suddaby's Junior Manager
William Cameron Pellerman
Amelia Campbell Murphy Family
Ann Dowd Pediatrician
Nona Gerard Conference Parent
Mary Pat Gleason Librarian
Zahra Ilkanipour Symposium Doctor
Rachel Jones Special Child
Laura Linney Young Teacher
John Lyons Actor
Keiko McDonald Japanese Translator
Ann McDonough Dietician
Lamar Olivis Special Child
Ayub Ommaya Symposium Doctor
Barbara Poitier Nikolais Secretary
Joyce Reehling Columnist
La Tanya Richardson Nurse Ruth
Ryonosuke Shiono Symposium Doctor
Berta Van Zuiden Conference Parent
Elizabeth Daily Lorenzo
Colin Ward Jack Gimble
David Shiner Clown
Peter MacKenzie Immunosuppression Doctor
Paul Lazar Professor Duncan
Helena Ruoti Judalon's Nurse
Mary Schmidt Campbell Principal
Michael O'Neill School Psycologist
William Thunhurst Ear Specialist
Lianne Kressin Smiling Nurse
Nicolas Petrov World Bank Executive
Richard Cordery Suddaby's Senior Manager
Vladimir Padunov Russian Translator
David McFadden Father Killian
Carmen Piccini Cristina Odone
Aaron Jackson Francesco Odone
Neri Kyle Tannenbaum Female Lab Voice
Brad Einhorn Male Lab Voice
Noah Banks Lorenzo
Michael Haider Lorenzo
Billy Amman Lorenzo
Cristin Woodworth Lorenzo
Sandy Gore Murphy Family
Nora Dunfee Murphy Family
Rocco Sisto Murphy Family
April Merscher Murphy Family
Eliot Brinton Symposium Doctor
James Merrill Symposium Doctor
Marie Nugent-Head Symposium Doctor
Nancy Chesney Conference Parent
John Mowod Conference Parent
David Doepken Conference Parent
Susan Chapek Conference Parent
Kathryn Aronson Conference Parent
Shirley Tannenbaum Conference Parent
Lamont Arnold Conference Parent
Charles R. Altman Conference Parent
Julie Marie Remele Conference Parent
Anthony di Leo Conference Parent
Annie Loeffler Conference Parent
Raina Clifford Special Child
Nicholas Wiese Special Child
Todd Bella Special Child
Tia Delaney Special Child
Matthew Pyeritz Special Child
Ryan Thomas Special Child
Daniel W. D'Arcy Special Child
Connie Cranden Special Child
Justin Isfeld Special Child
C. Alex Roberts Special Child
Jeremy Beyer Special Child
Mack Hegyes Special Child
Christine Merriman Special Child
Eric Kunkle Special Child
Keith Reddin Murphy Family
Jennifer Dundas Nurse Nancy Jo

Technical Credits
George Miller Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Colleen Atwood Costumes/Costume Designer
Dennis Bradford Art Director
Marcus D'Arcy Editor
Nick Enright Screenwriter
Richard Francis-Bruce Editor
Doug Mitchell Producer
Karen O'Hara Set Decoration/Design
John Seale Cinematographer
Lee Smith Editor,Musical Direction/Supervision
Kristi Zea Production Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. "In the Hands of Gods" (Main Titles) [5:14]
2. Disturbing Behavior [5:30]
3. Children's Hospital [8:17]
4. Adrenoleukodystrophy [9:49]
5. You're Not Alone [10:45]
6. Understanding the Disease [9:26]
7. First International ALD Symposium [12:16]
8. The Oil [5:36]
9. Encouraging Results [1:04]
10. Life Beyond Lorenzo [7:37]
11. Back to the Books [7:53]
12. Rapeseed Oil [8:24]
13. It's Not Too Late [6:34]
14. Help Is on the Way [7:55]
15. Levels Are Normal [5:59]
16. Signs of Hope [6:35]
17. New Research [8:45]
18. End Titles [4:08]
19. Chapter 19 [3:11]

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Lorenzo's Oil 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 60 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lorenzo's Oil shows love and dedication a parent has for their child . How far they would go to protect them and make them feel better. They would not let anything get in their way for doing so. Lorenzo's parents felt he was their main priority and their heart and for that reason they had to find a way to cure him. This movie is a great way to show children how being a parent is not an easy job and takes responsibility and love to take care of them. Being a parent like Lorenzo's is not a 9 to 5 job. Its a job your committed to your whole life, even after they grow up old enough to take care of themselves.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lorenzo¿s Oil is about a young boy named Lorenzo that use to live in Africa and moved to Washington D.C. with his parents. Due to some faulty genes from Lorenzo¿s mother, Lorenzo was affected by ALD. This movie is for people who is sympathetic and wants to learn about ALD. Can Lorenzo be saved before it¿s too late?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lorenzo's oil was rated 3 out of 4 stars. The movie release date was 1/15/93 the length of the movie was 2hours and 15 minutes it is a PG-13 film. The film begins in 1983, as 5-year-old Lorenzo is initially misdiagnosed. The disease is eventually identified as adrenoleukodystrophy, referred to as ALD. Which is inherited by young boys from their mothers, who are merely carriers. It causes gradual degeneration until the patient dies, usually within two years of being diagnosed. Susan Sarandon as Michaela dominates Lorenzo¿s Oil as the ultimate nurturing mother out to save her child. But in this case, it's a seemingly futile rescue effort, since the child is under attack by an unseen and virtually unknown enemy, a disease that is too rare and too new to adequately comprehend, and therefore not very high an the priority list of medical investigators. Augusto begins spending hours in libraries, poring over medical journals, looking for anything that might hint at a cure. Meanwhile, Michaela spends every waking moment tending to her deteriorating child¿s needs, fighting off guilt at having been carrier of this dreaded disease. Michaela has like two different nurses at her house to try to help her with Lorenzo but they tell her stuff about him and she doesn¿t listen. Michaela starts yelling at them so they leave and don¿t come back. So she¿s left alone until they find a boy from their town in Africa that can help her. When he¿s not there Susan reads to him. My conclusion to all this is that this is a nice movie to show to young people and how life is like when you have to take care of a family member. It¿s also a show if you teach a biology class and you are doing different labs dealing with different types of DNA and cells. On combining them and making different things to get healing medicine to cure different diseases.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lorenzo¿s Oil is an outstanding and inspiring movie. It shares a story of how one family overcomes a struggle many people have to go through everyday. This family came together and did what they had to do to stay strong for one another. Lorenzo, a boy of five, begins to have a kind of split personality. Some days he is fine and other days he kinds of goes ballistic. His parents began to wonder what is wrong with their son. So, they begin to take him to different hospitals to run tests on him and see what is wrong with him. Finally, they find a hospital that tells them Lorenzo is diagnosed with ALD. He inherited the disease from his mother¿s side of the family. Some of the symptoms are blindness, loss of mobility, deafness, excessive bleeding, and possible death. Throughout the movie Lorenzo¿s parents struggle and fight to do whatever it takes to help Lorenzo. His father studies the disease and starts to understand what it is. While Lorenzo¿s mother takes great care of him and stays by his side. They even work so hard that they discover special oil made out of olive and rapeseed that may or may not help children diagnosed with ALD. This movie shows a true bond between parents and their child.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best movie ever Staring Susan Sarandon and Nick Nolte. Lorenzo's oilis the best way to explain how science works and how the medical community looks for cures. The disease ALD affects boys in the most extreme way. They have seizures, muscle tightness,etc. This film is one of the best I've ever seen in a goodwhile. I believe that Lorenzo's oil really explains the way the body and cells act without the right nutrients. Lorenzo's oil explains how it comes about, it's passed down from the mother only to the son. Also that doctors don't know everything. The oil is the treatment needed to stop or calm the symptoms between life and death. I conclude rating this movie from a 1-10 I would give an 11 it is two thumbs up. Lorenzo's oil is a rollar coaster of emotions that everyone needs to take a ride. It will have you in a puddle of tears for the feelings of the movie. It takes you through family problems, aggravation, stress, tears,and anger. It shows the hard times that it takes to keep a loved one alive.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story is a tear-jerker, it's about one family and their troubles and triumphs with their son's debilitating battle with ALD. Lorenzo's father Augusto(Nick Nolte) refuses to give up on his son and is determined to find a cure not only for Lorenzo but for the hundreds of other boys suffering from this disease. This story truly shows the determination of the Odones and the strong will of Lorenzo to overcome what seemed to be the inevitable, all the while helping hundreds of other families in the process. Lorenzo's Oil is definitely a movie you'd want to rent on a rainy day, it will leave you feeling inspired and compelled to be grateful for everything we take for granted.
Guest More than 1 year ago
lorenzo's oil is a very facinating movie. This movie shows alot of effort,encouragment, and excitement.This movie was inspired by a true story. Lorenzo played by Zack O'malley did a great job. So did his parents Agusto who was played by Nick Nolte and Micheala played by Susan Sarandon. These actors played an very important part in this movie. They were very indomitable parents. They tried and kept trying until they found somthing that would work. I loved this movie it inspired me to pursue my dreams. It also gave me courage to believe in my self. This movie gives a lot of thought into not listening to what other people say and doing what's right for you. Lorenzo's oil brings tears to my eyes every time i watch this movie. The moral to this story is enough is never enough until you tried everything in your power.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Based on a true story, this film is about a boy named Lorenzo, who was affected by a rare genetic sex-linked disease called A.L.D. Some of the symptoms include having seizure, trouble communicating, trouble swallowing, slowly breaking down of the nervous system, and a short time of living. During that time in the movie (1980's), Doctors had no cure because they didn't really know a lot about this disease. Through long and hard research and experiments, Lorenzo's parents finally got a treatment for A.L.D. The treatment consists of using oleic acid to break down the chain of fat. But will there be enough time to save Lorenzo?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lorenzo¿s Oil is a heartwarming and educational story based on a true story. This would be good to show to a biology lesson as well as a story that touches the hearts of everyone. The setting is in Africa, where Augusto Odone, Michaela Odone, his wife, and Lorenzo Odone, his son, are living. Lorenzo¿s father happened to be there working for the U.N. Augustus was soon reassigned to Washington (the state), and Lorenzo¿s behavior became odd. He started to show strange symptoms like bleeding excessively, violent temper tantrums, etc. They soon found out that he had adrenoleukodystrophy, or ALD, which is a sex-linked genetic disease. This disease strips away the myelin on the nerves and brain (myelin is the white substance that protects the nerves and brain). This devastating and, in that time fatal, disease first stripped his ability to walk, then the ability to talk, and soon enough the automatic functions we take for granted. Like with a stroke and being in a coma, he had to be fed and his arms had to be moved for him so his muscles wouldn¿t deteriorate. All throughout the movie, the Odone family struggles to keep their 8-year-old son alive. They decide to do some looking up of this mysterious and rare disease on their own and get the assistance of the medical profession. So Augusto and Michaela study this disease from dusk to dawn for months and even years on end, trying to find a diet suitable for an ALD victim. Other families with sons that had ALD joined them in finding a cure and making a difference in the medical profession. So the Odones fight the medical profession and eventually grab hold of oil that aids in his fight to stay alive. I strongly suggest that if you¿re a biology teacher that you show this and emphasize the biological parts of the movie. The only bad part about it? I think it was too short. You may regret not seeing this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In my opinion, the movie ¿Lorenzo¿s Oil¿ was very educating and touching. Before watching this movie I did not have any clue about the disease Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD). ALD is the degeneration of the nervous system. In the movie you are introduced to very important characters in Lorenzo¿s life. His mother, Michaela (Susan Sarondon), goes through a lot to find out how they can cure their son of ALD. Mrs. Odone devotes her life to help keep Lorenzo alive. She stays at his bedside and soon alienates herself from everyone. She and Mr. Odone soon begin to search for their own cure. Mr. Odone does hours worth of research just to find out what kind of diet would be right for his son. I learned that ALD is carried genetically by the female and is given to the male offspring. That¿s why it¿s found mostly among males. Even though this movie is labeled a drama, to me it is educational. You can learn a lot from it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really loved this movie because it shows how parents go all the way for their kids. Lorenzo is Augusto and Makeyla¿s son. After coming back to the United States from Africa, where Augusto was working, Lorenzo started acting different. His behavior becomes violent. At first his parents don¿t think there is anything wrong with him. They don¿t believe it is possible because Lorenzo knows three languages and is very smart. After taking Lorenzo to many different doctors, one determines he has ALD. ALD is a rare genetic disease that at the time males could only get. During the movie they show what his parents have to go through to take care of him and try to cure him. It also shows the effects of ALD during Lorenzo¿s life. For this reason I believe the movie is very interesting and worth watching. I suggest people to see it, they will become very interested in genetic diseases and their effects.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lorenzo's Oil is about a little boy that is feeling fine one day and the next his whole world changed. Lorenzo who is a strong willed boy, starts to get symptoms od ALD. No doctors have a cure and no one thinks there can be one except for Lorenzo's parents.Lorenzo's parents are not giving up, they do research day and night, but still they watch their child worsen. Finally, they came up with a possible cure. they start giving Lorenzo this special oil that they went through a lot of trouble to get there hands on. After that did not completely work, they tried to take some ingredient out of another oil but no doctor thought they were capable except for one English chemist. He did it, and when Lorenzo was given the oil his blood levels returned to normal, but he was still not normal. I personally love this movie because it's a great family movie. I urge people to see it. Lorenzo's Oil shows how a family can stick together and try to get through some tough obstacles.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lorenzo's Oil was a movie basically explaning how a families traits passed on and took over their son's life. In this movie Lorenzo was a average six year old boy who had been diagnosed with ADL. His mother got the trait from her mother an grandmother, but since boys are most likely to get the disease , Lorenzo got very sick. After so many visits back and forth to the hospital, and many years later Lorenzo's mother an father find a cure for Lorenzo's disease which he still has, but has survived longer than expected.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was inspring, heart-warming, and also very disturbing. We watche dit in Lab Biology class. One girl fanted she found it so disturbing. The acting was very good (which explains the disturbing factor) and the facts based on the real life Lorenzo were mostly accurate. Overall it was a wonderful movie, but I would not recommend it for children under 12.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is a true-to-life drama that touches your heart. The main character, Lorenzo Adone, started to have a lot of problems after returning home to Washington D.C. Lorenzo's mother ( played by Susan Sarandon) noticed something was wrong after her son seemed to be losing his hearing and eventually his ablility to walk. After being told the most common outcome of the disease, ALD, Lorenzo's father (played by Nick Nolte) began on a journey where most parents would throw in the towel. He worked day and night refusing to give up on what the doctors proclaimed as inevitable. This movie is definitely a tear-jerker and is worth the 2 hours and sixteen minutes. This film shows one family's dedication to achieving the impossible. You should really watch this movie to see if Lorenzo's father's hard work pays off and if Lorenzo lives, dispite what the doctors say.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lorenzo's Oil is based on the true story of Augusto Odone (Nick Nolte) and his wife, Michaela (Susan Sarandon), as they fight to save the life of their son, Lorenzo (Zack O'Malley Greenburg). Lorenzo, diagnosed in early 1984 as a victim of ALD(Adrenoleukodystrophy), an incurable decay of the brain, is beyond the help of conventional medicine.People who have ALD accumulate high levels of saturated very long chain fatty acids in the brain. This causes blindness, seizures, deafness and difficulty swallowing which can lead to death. His parents, unwilling to give up the fight even after participating in several failed therapies, begin their own investigation of the disease. Lorenzo's Oil follows the ups and downs of this search. This search is a fascinating and unique odyssey of discovery. Even though it uses medical terminology that I didn¿t grasp, simple metaphors, such as those of a kitchen sink and a chain of paper clips, are used to clearly and exactly explain ALD. In the end, Agusto finds a way to replace the long chain fatty acids with another none lethal acid through the use of a pure olive oil. Comprehension is necessary to the understanding of the film, and Lorenzo's Oil easily overcomes what might seem a troublesome barrier. In the movie though, Lorenzo is less of a person and more of a good-natured boy who has come down with a rare, debilitating disease.The actors are competent in their roles, even though Nolte's ridiculous Italian accent is hard to get used to.Only Zack O'Malley Greenburg stands out,as a child doing such a demanding role to me is amazing. Finally, much of Lorenzo's Oil is based on true events, but there are at least a few moments when Hollywood imposes, creating occasional leaps of revel that are phony. In the final analysis, when Lorenzo's Oil is stripped to the bare story, it's about the war for knowledge and the victory of hope through perseverance. And, for more than two hours, audience members are brought along to witness each battle and defeat.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Augusto and Michaela (Nick Nolte and Susan Sarandon) are parents of a little boy who is developing unusual behavioral problems. As any concerned parents, they investigated more about their son¿s unusual behaviors. The little boy had adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD). He then spends his childhood on a bed, disabled. Augusto and Michaela try to get doctors and medical professors to help find a cure, but they refused. Augusto and Michaela study lipid metabolism, and other things that they think may cause ALD so that they could cure it. After using up almost all their resources, they try two things, later to be name Lorenzo¿s Oil. Michaela now understands that ALD was genetically passed down from mother to son. She dismisses all the nurses who took care of him and takes all responsibilities. I would recommend this movie for all the families who are facing the same types of situations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie the true story about the life Lorenzo Adone. This movie shows what the real family went through to save Lorenzos life. Lorenzo is still alive today and still has ALD. There is no cure for this genetic disorder, but there is treatment to stop the affects of it. This movie is about the trouble that Agusto and Micheala Adone went through in real life to help their child. this movie made me cry my heart out. It is so inspiring. Lorenzo is still alive but still has ALD the treatment that his parents found for this disorder has saved so many lives in our society. It is because of their research that little children are not dying today. I highly recomend seeing this movie if you ever get the chance. It shows the true meaning of life to every one who sees it. The first time i saw it was in my biology class in 10th grade, and not a single person that class room left with out crying at least once. I love this movie it is one of the only movies that can make me cry. If you knew me you'd know that i dont cry at anything. So please if not for yourself watch it for Lorenzo. Maybe you will be inspired just as i have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lorenzo's Oil is a touching story in which a young boy, Lorenzo, begins to have rage spasms and tantrums. His mother, Micheala, and his father, Augusto, begin to become very concerned with what is happening like all parents would. The parents find out what he has and it turns out to be ALD(Adreno Leukoid Distrophy). ALD strips the body of Myelin scheathe (made of fatty acids) off the nerves causing them to 'short out' and no longer carry nervous impulses from the brain to the body. After an ALD person will begin to lose sight, hearing, and muscle coordination. The parents begin to do research on ALD and begin on a journeyof beings heroes to children all around the world. Nick Nolte and Susan Surandon show how real loving parents would do in this case. Lorenzo's Oil is a herat touching story which makes you feel stronger as a person.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lorenzo was a carefree little boy who stayed in East Africa for a while, but when he returned home to the USA he began to have problems. It all started at school when the teacher told his mother that Lorenzo was being destructive in class by throwing everyone's painting around. He told his mother, Michaela (Susan Sarandon) that the reason he misbehaved was because the kids were doing things that annoyed him. Lorenzo's parents took him to the doctors and there they were informed that their son was fine. Many other things started to happen to Lorenzo, soon he was not able to hear or walk. He was also having other symptoms. They went to the doctor again and they found out that he had been diagnosed with (ALD)-Adrenoleukodystrophy, which causes degeneration in the brain and it occurs mainly in males. They were told that most boys die after two years of diagnosis. Lorenzo's parents were told that their is no treatment for ALD. ALD occurs because of a build up of fatty acids in the brain. Lorenzo inherited ALD from his mother because she was a carrier. Lorenzo's family was invited to come to an ALD conference for families with boys who also had ALD. They put him on a strict no fat diet, but his blood fat levels continued to rise. Then as Lorenzo's parents kept researching to find out if there was anything that could help Lorenzo, they discovered that he needed more fat (oleic acid) to be put in his body in order to get rid of the build up in his brain. Just as they thought there was nothing that could be done¿well, you just have to watch to see how everything turns out for Lorenzo and his family. This movie was very interesting because it is based on a true story. It was heartbreaking but also surprising. I suggest that anyone who watches this movie will also be touched by the young boy fighting for his life. I recommend anyone to watch this movie because they would probably like it as much as I did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lorenzo's Oil tells the story of Lorenzo Odone and his parents. His mother, an Irish-American linguist and his father, an Italian economist, are forced to educate themselves when they find out that their son has a fatal disease. When Lorenzo was a young boy he began to have blackouts and started losing his memory. When his parents took him to get tested, he was diagnosed with adrenoleukodystrophy, or ALD. ALD is an incurable disease that is inherited and causes brain degeneration. His parents, Michaela and Augusto Odone, try to find a cure that can save their son. Throughout the movie Lorenzo's parents are studying from different books from libraries and writing formulas that they test to find a cure. This movie is directed/produced by George Miller. It starred Susan Sarandon as Michaela Odone, NIck Nolte as Augusto Odone, and Zack O'Malley Greenburg as Lorenzo Odone. Lorenzo's Oil is rated PG-13 and was released December 30, 1992. Lorenzo's Oil is a fascinating movie and incredibly moving and I recommend it for everyone to see.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I rate this movie a perfect 100! A story about a loving mother and her boy who suffers from an unknown brain disease that will slowly paralyze the boy. His mother and father go though all odds to try to save their little boy. This is a tale of love and compassion for a loved one; it is a movie to sit down and watch with the family. This also is a great reminder of a similar story and a great movie called Philadephia .
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lorenzo’s Oil is a true story based on the lives of Lorenzo Odone and his parents Michaela and Augusto Odone. Around the age of seven, Lorenzo began to experience strange things such as blackouts, memory lapses, and other strange mental phenomenon. He was then diagnosed with a rare inherited disease called adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) which is an incurable degenerative brain disorder. His parents begin to educate themselves to find a cure or something to halt the disease. In one scene of the movie, Lorenzo was being fed and he couldn't swallow because of the disease and he began to choke. Since his mother had been doing so much research she was able to talk him through it and keep him calm. Can they find the cure in time to save their son and other kids suffering from ALD? The stars of this movie include Susan Sarandon (Michaela Odone), Nick Nolte (Augusto Odone), and Zack O’Malley Greenburg (Lorenzo Odone). Lorenzo’s Oil was directed by George Miller and was released December 30, 1992. In my opinion, this is one of the best race-against-time movies of its type. I give this movie 5 stars and I would recommend any movie by George Miller.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lorenzo¿s oil Starring Nick Nolte and Susan Sarandon, Lorenzo's Oil is a movie based on the real life work and research done by Augusto and Michaela Odone, and their search for a cure for a rare disease called adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), which their son Lorenzo has. Director George Miller, a doctor who financed some of his earlier films while practicing medicine links the story elements together and brings your heart into the lives of this struggling family, as they desperately search everywhere for a cure for their son. And that's just what they did. Spending days in libraries and arranging medical conferences, Odone made himself a doctor. Finally, in the humble substance of olive oil (a significant religious symbol) a cure was found, and Odone was given an honorary doctorate for his work. This film shows how a good strong marriage, even when put through the stress of a dying son, can survive. It shows how many flaws the medical profession really has. It also shows what two parents can do out of love for their son. In the beginning I thought this was going to be a real ¿chick flick¿ but after watching it I realized how interesting and sad this story really was. I recommend this story to every parent who has a child with ALD or anyone interested in the disease.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lorenzo¿s Oil Lorenzo¿s Oil is a movie based on true story. Susan Saradon portrayed the mother (Michaela), a woman who really loved her son. Nick Nolte portrayed father (Agusto). He and his wife research a cure for heir son on their own and even sponsoring an international conference in ALD. When Lorenzo was six years old, he was diagnosed with ALD, a disease that affected his brain. ALD can only affect boys and is passed from mother to son. ALD is a hereditary illness that attacks the brain by tripping nerve of insulating fatty tissue that protects them. His parents spent hours in libraries exploring through medical journals. After years of searching they began to see some progress. They help to develop a therapy with Oleic Acid and Erotic Acid now called ¿ Lorenzo¿s Oil¿. This movie shines for displaying just marriage can go through and still survives. This movie demonstrates how a parent¿s attitude can help their child live if they just don¿t give up. It doesn¿t blame the medical profession, but just show what two parents can do for their child. This film showed various stages of Lorenzo¿s life and how his disease progressed. This film is an absolutely fascinating movie and I recommend it to everyone.