Lorenzo's Oil

Lorenzo's Oil
Lorenzo's Oil
  • PG-13
  • 2h 15m
  • 1992
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Oscar® nominee Nick Nolte and Academy Award® winner Susan Sarandon star in this powerful and unforgettable drama based on a true story. For Augusto and Michaela Odone (Nolte and Sarandon), the news that their five-year-old son, Lorenzo, has a rare terminal disease is sobering, to learn there is no known cure is devastating. Despite the prognosis, the Odones embark on an extraordinary mission of love, consulting and sometimes colliding with the world's top doctors and scientists in the quest to save their son. Their relentless struggle tests their marriage, their beliefs and the boundaries of conventional medicine in this critically acclaimed hit from director George Miller (The Witches of Eastwick).

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Common Sense Says
Intense film about a boy's fatal illness has heavy themes.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Lorenzo's Oil, a 1992 drama, is based on the real quest two parents embarked on in the 1980s to find a treatment for their young son's devastating, untreatable fatal nerve disease, ALD. The story highlights how catastrophic illness affects all family members. Scenes of the boy's failing health, including falls, bloody bruises, seizures, and other manifestations of painful suffering, may be too emotional and disturbing for young children, not to mention parents of young children. An adult smokes cigarettes. Prescribed medicines are seen at a boy's bedside table. Parents administer therapeutic oil through a child's feeding tube.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:December 30, 1992
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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