“Do you know how many children die every year from choking on french fries? Many more than from Adrenoleukodistrophy. You see, ours is what is known as an orphan disease, too small to be noticed, too small to be funded, especially with the iron hand of “Reganomics”. ” – Professor Nikolias
Number of Times Seen – at least 3 times (Cable in the 90’s, 2 Aug 2011 and 6 Sep 2018)
Brief Synopsis – After their young son is diagnosed with a debilitating disease, a married couple decide to fight the system in order to find a cure for his disease before it is too late.
My Take on it – This is a great story about how the will of some people can help made major changes in the world, no matter the obstacles that they must face along the way.
Strength and perseverance can lead to advances in fields that people never imagined possible.
This film shows a powerful true human interest story that works on numerous levels when showing how even an individual can inspire change.
The biggest drawback of this film tho is the fact that much of the plot relies very heavily on some very technical scientific information that gets quite complicated and even boring at certain points.
I realize that they are integral to the story itself yet it’s quite easy to get lost during those portions of the film.
Nick Nolte and Susan Sarandon are both superb in this film and they show how talented they both are with these characters.
Sarandon was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for this role.
Bottom Line – Great story that show how strength and perseverance can lead to changes in life. This is such a powerful human story that works on so many levels. Unfortunately the explanation of the science often gets too technical and its easy to get lost when dealing with those aspects of the story. Nolte and Sarandon are both superb in this film and show how talented they both are. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Although a medical drama might seem an odd choice for the director of the “Mad Max” movies, George Miller is in fact a qualified doctor. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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