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Extreme Measures (1996)

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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 ... 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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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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In the movie, security for the illegal medical experiments is provided by two supposed police officers named Hare and Burke. In reality, William Hare and William Burke were two men in the business of supplying human cadavers to medical schools in 1820s Edinburgh - until it was learned that the ones they hadn't stolen from graveyards, they had murdered themselves. 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. Guy Luthan: You're a creepy person, aren't you?
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Features The Huckleberry Hound Show (1958) See more »

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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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