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Extreme Measures (1996)

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 ... See full summary »

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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.


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

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27 September 1996 (USA)  »

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$38,000,000 (estimated)

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$6,906,546 (USA) (27 September 1996)

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$17,305,211 (USA) (15 November 1996)
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The Squeeze (1977) was the first ever cinema thriller movie directed by British director Michael Apted. Apted would later go on to direct several other thrillers such as Enigma (2001), Enough (2002), Blink (1993), Thunderheart (1992), Gorky Park (1983), Class Action (1991), Extreme Measures (1996) and The World Is Not Enough (1999). See more »

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Arriving in The Room Dr. Luthan's lips clearly moves, but the words "...if someone's there listening" can be heard seconds later. See more »

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Dr. Lawrence Myrick: 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?
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Hugh Grant at his best
7 July 2002 | by (Chicago,Il) – See all my reviews

Hugh Grant plays the "likable, befuddled Englishman" so well, that it was difficult for him to break out of that mold for a while. Therefore, he was cast in one romantic comedy after another. But, his performance as ER doctor Guy Luthan shows that he does have range. All of his quirks (the constant dopey smiles, the longwinded tripping over words, the tendency to hit his head on something) disappears as he portrays a curious doctor investigating the mysterious deaths of area homeless men. But, EXTREME MEASURES is more than just a showcase for Hugh Grant's range. This underrated thriller brings a little bit of humanity to its villain, played by Gene Hackman. His Dr. Lawrence Myrick is not trying to poison society because of mere evilness. He is just an idealist, trying to make the world a better place. But, alas, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. His quest to cure paralysis may be a noble one, but his method of killing his subjects in order to find a cure is corrupt and out of control.


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