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Extreme Measures (1996)

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A young doctor confronts a famous colleague; when he learns about the true methods of his work.

Director:

Michael Apted

Writers:

Michael Palmer (book), Tony Gilroy (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Grant ... Dr. Guy Luthan
Gene Hackman ... Dr. Lawrence Myrick
Sarah Jessica Parker ... Jodie Trammel
David Morse ... FBI Agent Frank Hare
Bill Nunn ... Det. Bob Burke
John Toles-Bey ... Bobby
Paul Guilfoyle ... Dr. Jeffrey Manko
Debra Monk ... Dr. Judith Gruszynski
Shaun Austin-Olsen Shaun Austin-Olsen ... Claude Minkins
André De Shields ... Teddy Dolson
J.K. Simmons ... Dr. Mingus
Peter Appel ... Det. Stone
Diana Zimmer Diana Zimmer ... Helen
Nancy Beatty Nancy Beatty ... Ruth Myrick
Gerry Becker ... Dr. Gene Spitelli
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Storyline

Thriller about Guy Luthan (Hugh Grant), a British doctor working at a hospital in New York who starts making unwanted enquiries when the body of a man who died in his emergency room disappears. The trail leads Luthan to the door of the eminent surgeon Dr Lawrence Myrick (Gene Hackman), but Luthan soon finds himself in danger from people who want the hospital's secret to remain undiscovered. Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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Not all surgery is intended to cure. Don't move a muscle.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language, some nudity and graphic ER activity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ekstreme metoder See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,906,546, 29 September 1996

Gross USA:

$17,380,126

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,380,126
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

First of Hugh Grants two movies with Sarah Jessica Parker, the other one was " Did you hear about the Morgan's?"(2009) See more »

Goofs

Guy is told he severed his spine at C6 and was paralyzed from the neck down. In reality an injury to the C6 vertebrae would result in paralysis from the chest down - meaning he'd still be able to move his arms (although finger function would be impaired). However with regards to injuries to C6, or any level for that matter, what is more important is level of nerve damage to determine amount/location of paralysis. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Lawrence Myrick: I've seen your chart, it's a terrible thing. I'd like to try to help.
Dr. Guy Luthan: [not looking at him] If you want to help me... let me die.
Dr. Lawrence Myrick: That's a common request.
Dr. Guy Luthan: Please... 400 of potassium chloride in my IV.
Dr. Lawrence Myrick: ...What if there was hope?
Dr. Guy Luthan: No. There isn't.
Dr. Lawrence Myrick: [more pointedly] What if there was hope? What would it be worth, to be able to walk again, to be able to feed yourself? To go back to your old life, to be a doctor? What would you endure?
Dr. Guy Luthan: [finally looks at him] What are you talking about?
Dr. Lawrence Myrick: I'm asking you a ...
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in Late Show with David Letterman: Episode #17.59 (2009) See more »

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ON MY MIND
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Very underrated film that actually provokes thought
19 March 2001 | by azeemakSee all my reviews

I just saw this for the second time, on telly, and was struck again by how good it is; not great, maybe, but a very solidly written and acted film on an intriguing premiss and leaving the viewer a bit of room to make up their own mind (this is a GOOD THING, in case anyone is wondering). Hugh Grant shows again that he can do more than play variations on this 4 Weddings character - anyone who has seen An Awfully Big Adventure will be well aware of this. And Gene Hackman is as excellent as ever. A word for Elizabeth Hurley, who produced the film, and I think it was her first: a damn good job she did, despite some unsavoury sniping in the British press about her. I'd give it an 8 out of 10


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