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Lorenzo's Oil

Movie poster
Directed by George Miller
Produced by George Miller
Doug Mitchell
Written by George Miller
Nick Enright
Starring Nick Nolte
Susan Sarandon
Peter Ustinov
Cinematography John Seale
Editing by Marcus D'Arcy
Richard Francis-Bruce
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) December 30, 1992
Running time 129 mins
Country Flag of the United States United States
Language English, Italian
Budget $30,000,000 (estimated)
All Movie Guide profile
IMDb profile

Lorenzo's Oil is a 1992 drama film directed by George Miller. It is based on the true story of Augusto and Michaela Odone, two parents in a relentless search for a cure for their son Lorenzo's adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD). Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... George (Miliotis) Miller (born March 3, 1945), is an Academy-Award winning Australian film and television screenwriter, director and producer. ... George (Miliotis) Miller (born March 3, 1945), is an Academy-Award winning Australian film and television screenwriter, director and producer. ... George (Miliotis) Miller (born March 3, 1945), is an Academy-Award winning Australian film and television screenwriter, director and producer. ... Nick Enright (22 December 1950-30 March 2003) was an Australian playwright. ... Nicholas King Nolte (born February 8, 1941) is a Oscar-nominated American actor, model, and producer. ... Susan Sarandon (born October 4, 1946) is an Academy Award-winning American actress. ... Sir Peter Alexander Ustinov, CBE, KBE (IPA: ; April 16, 1921 – March 28, 2004), born Peter Alexander Baron von Ustinov, was an Academy Award-winning British actor, writer, dramatist and raconteur of French, Italian, Swiss, Russian, German and Ethiopian ancestry. ... John Seale (born October 5, 1942 in Warwick, Queensland, Australia) is an Australian cinematographer. ... Marcus DArcy is a film editor. ... Richard Francis-Bruce (born 10 Dec. ... Universal Pictures is the main motion picture production/distribution arm of Universal Studios, a subsidiary of NBC Universal. ... is the 364th day of the year (365th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... George (Miliotis) Miller (born March 3, 1945), is an Academy-Award winning Australian film and television screenwriter, director and producer. ... Augusto Odone (born c. ... Lorenzo Odone (born May 29, 1978)[1] is a person with Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), and is notable because of the quest for a treatment by his parents, Augusto and Michaela Odone. ... Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) is a degenerative disorder of myelin, a complex fatty neural tissue that insulates many nerves of the central and peripheral nervous systems. ...

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Cast

Nicholas King Nolte (born February 8, 1941) is a Oscar-nominated American actor, model, and producer. ... Augusto Odone and Michaela Teresa Murphy Odone (January 10, 1939-June 10, 2000) are the parents of Lorenzo Odone, who has the illness adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD). ... Susan Sarandon (born October 4, 1946) is an Academy Award-winning American actress. ... Michaela Murphy Odone was the mother of ALD patient Lorenzo Odone. ... Lorenzo Odone (born May 29, 1978)[1] is a person with Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), and is notable because of the quest for a treatment by his parents, Augusto and Michaela Odone. ... Sir Peter Alexander Ustinov, CBE, KBE (IPA: ; April 16, 1921 – March 28, 2004), born Peter Alexander Baron von Ustinov, was an Academy Award-winning British actor, writer, dramatist and raconteur of French, Italian, Swiss, Russian, German and Ethiopian ancestry. ... Kathleen Wilhoite (born June 29, 1964 in Santa Barbara, California) is an American film and television actress. ... Gerry Bamman (born September 18, 1941 in Independence, Kansas) is an actor best known for his roles as Uncle Frank in Home Alone and Home Alone 2 and Lawyer Stan Gillum in four episodes of Law and Order. ... Margo Martindale (born July 18, 1951, in Jacksonville, Texas) is a Tony Award-nominated stage, television and film actress. ... James Rebhorn (born September 1, 1948) is an American character actor who has appeared in over one hundred television shows, feature films, and plays. ... Colin Ward (1924-) was an editor of the British anarchist newspaper Freedom from 1947 to 1960, and the founder and editor of the monthly libertarian journal Anarchy from 1961 to 1970. ... Latanya Richardson was born in 1941 and is an actress and wife of Samuel L. Jackson. ... William Evelyn Cameron (November 29, 1842 – January 25, 1927) was a soldier, lawyer, journalist, and politician. ...

Developments since the film

The Odones founded the Myelin Project in the hopes of finding a way to restore the myelin sheath, which is destroyed in ALD and a host of other myelin diseases such as multiple sclerosis. If this vital substance can be restored, patients like Lorenzo may regain function and eventually lead a normal life. The Myelin Project is a medical project intended to re-generate the nerves myelin sheath, — a process called remyelination — destroyed in a host of diseases such as multiple sclerosis and the leukodystrophies. ...


I LIVE WITH LORENZO!!! HE'S OILY TEARS IN HEAVEN ROCKS The oil has not yet been clinically proven to be effective against the progression of ALD, but has since been scientifically validated as something that "may help" if given to asymptomatic carriers of ALD. The late Dr Hugo Moser, an authority on ALD, had some success in using the oil to prevent the onset of ALD in patients who carry the gene but have not yet manifested symptoms. In a study of 120 such boys, 83 remained symptom-free at the finish. According to Dr. Moser, taking the oil reduced the chance of getting the disease by half[1]. In another study which concluded in 2005, 89 boys who were taking daily doses were followed over the course of seven years, and at the end, 66 of them showed no sign of the disease. These results contrast with an estimate that boys with the defective gene have a fifty percent chance of developing ALD.[2]


The real-life Odone family

Augusto Odone worked at the Myelin Project Headquarters in Virginia. Lorenzo's doctor died on January 20th 2007 of pancreatic cancer. Michaela Odone died of lung cancer in June 2000. Lorenzo Odone is still alive, having lived far longer than his doctors predicted. He celebrated his 28th birthday on May 29, 2006 [3], and as of August 2005, was living in Virginia with his father. He can no longer see, speak, or move on his own, but can communicate by wiggling his fingers and blinking his eyes. He continues to be cared for by his friend Oumouri Hassane from the Comoros Islands. [4] Augusto Odone and Michaela Teresa Murphy Odone (January 10, 1939-June 10, 2000) are the parents of Lorenzo Odone, who has the illness adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD). ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Michaela Murphy Odone was the mother of ALD patient Lorenzo Odone. ... Lorenzo Odone (born May 29, 1978)[1] is a person with Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), and is notable because of the quest for a treatment by his parents, Augusto and Michaela Odone. ... is the 149th day of the year (150th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Union of Comoros (until 2002 the Islamic Federal Republic of the Comoros) is an independent country at the northern end of the Mozambique Channel in the Indian Ocean, between northern Madagascar and northern Mozambique. ...


Lorenzo Odone is the nephew of New York State Supreme Court Justice J. Emmett Murphy. [citation needed]


Trivia

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References

  • Lorenzo's Oil at the Internet Movie Database
  • The Myelin Project
  • Lorenzo's Oil Lives Up to Its Billing Atlanta Journal Constitution – July 12, 2005
  • Lorenzo Article from The Philadelphia INQUIRER. August 11, 2005

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. ...

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  Results from FactBites:
 
The Myelin Project: Information About Lorenzo's Oil (288 words)
Lorenzo’s Oil is a combination of two fats extracted from olive oil and rapeseed oil, respectively.
Lorenzo’s Oil is specific to ALD, does not repair myelin, and does not have any known effect on other demyelinating disorders.
SHS is also the worldwide distributor of the oil; for a list of international offices, please refer to their website.
  More results at FactBites »

 
 

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