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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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If, after Guy gets shot and then conked on the head in Jodie's apartment, he indeed was found in a coma five days later, his beard would be much fuller. The movie never depicts that stage though and they would have shaved a coma patient. See more »

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[Guy is facing an explusion hearing due to be wrongly accused of drugs charges]
Dr. Guy Luthan: Okay, look. It seems that you believe that I am somebody who had a great career, would just suddenly throw it all away. It seems more believable to you than somebody in this hospital is covering up the death of a patient of mine who's body just seemed to disappear into thin fucking air!
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Moral thriller in the medical world
8 April 2006 | by (France) – See all my reviews

A thriller in the medical world. Generally, doctors abide by the Hippocratic Oath - roughly summarized as "to do good or to do no harm". Hugh Grant as the English Doctor strives to uphold this. Gene Hackman plays the role of the medical researcher, now head of a powerful medical research foundation that can influence police and politicians, believes that medical research is more important than "to do no harm" if in the long run research does provide valuable improvements to medicine. Hackman is the ominous shadow of the German Nazi doctors, 1935-1945, such as Josef Mengele, who carried out abominable medical experiments in order to promote so-called medical advancement. Thus the conflict between Grant and Hackman: Grant the loner, a promising English doctor - a follower of the Hippocratic Oath, thus the moral man, is working temporarily in America to gain valuable medical experience. Hackman, the countervailing force, the ominous medical power with wide ranging influence in public power circles, controls the lives of his captured patients in underground "catacombs", disregarding their concerns in order to achieve his results for the "benefit of mankind" . Sudden deaths, escapes, mysterious liaisons, threats, moral arguing (but only a little as this in a modern American film - historically there was plenty of moral arguing), shootings, and of course plenty of blood are the powerful ingredients to this cocktail. Grant certainly knows how to play convincingly other roles than those "English" ones which rocketed him to the top. Hackman as always is a master of his role. Well worth seeing!


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