LORENZO'S OIL (15)
D: George Miller
UIP/Universal (Doug Mitchell & George Miller)
W: George Miller & Nick Enright
DP: John Seale
Ed: Richard Francis-Bruce, Marcus D'Arcy & Lee Smith
Nick Nolte (Augusto Odone), Susan Sarandon (Michaela Odone), Peter Ustinov (Prof. Nikolais), Kathleen Wilhoite (Deirdre Murphy)
Susan Sarandon delivers arguably her finest screen performance in this account of true story in which the parents of a young boy with a life-threatening illness defy medical opinions in concocting a cure for their son.
Without the power of the performances, this may well have just been a TV movie of the week without any memorable strength or emotional power.
Sarandon was deservedly nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her work. Personally, I thought she should have won.