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Extreme Measures (1996)

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A young doctor confronts with 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

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$17,305,211, 15 November 1996
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Marked the first production of partners Hugh Grant and Elizabeth Hurley's short-lived "Simian Films." 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. Guy Luthan: [the Half-Mole stops at the top of a staircase, deep underground] Is it down there? Well I'm not paying you until I get there.
Half-Mole: [after a long pause and speaking for the first time] I don't go down there
Dr. Guy Luthan: How do I know you're telling the truth?
Half-Mole: You're still alive
Dr. Guy Luthan: [Guy hands him the money]
Half-Mole: To the bottom and through
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Referenced in Strongbad_email.exe: Disc Six (2008) See more »

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ON MY MIND
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A thrilling movie that puts you in a moral dilemma
30 October 1999 | by maj006See all my reviews

A movie starring Hugh Grant, Gene Hackman and David Morse is a "must-see" for me. Extreme Measures is a thriller, and it does its job well - it is thrilling. On top of that the director managed to put me in a moral dilemma. There was a point in the movie, where I could not decide whether "the bad guy" really was such a bad guy. I think that this sounds very confusing, but watch the movie and decide for yourself. "The bad guy's" motives aren't bad at all, it is just the way he does it! A thrilling, although a bit slow movie at times. I voted 7/10.


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