Extreme Measures (1996)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  27 September 1996 (USA)
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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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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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Release Date:

27 September 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Extrem... mit allen Mitteln  »

Box Office


$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


ITL 2,583,776,000 (Italy) (3 January 1997)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


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 Seinfeld: The Little Kicks (1996) See more »


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A Thinker's Thriller…Contrived But Commanding…Hugh Grant is a Standout
10 August 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

With an Above Average Script from Tony Gilroy and a Surprisingly Effective Against Type Performance from Hugh Grant, This is an Intense Thriller with Ethical Questions and Moral Dilemmas that Have No Easy Answers.

It s Those Difficult Questions the Movie Asks that Makes This the Kind of Movie that Isn't Made Much. The Thriller Format is Much More Popular and Easily Digested When This Type of Thinking is Not Required. Taxing the Brain is Not Formulaic for the Popcorn Crowd and it Doesn't Easily Sell Tickets.

This One is Noble in its Efforts and Some Suspension of Disbelief is Required. There are a Few Scenes, Most Notably When Grant's Doctor Submerges to the Bowels of the City, that Strain for Realism and One of the Times When the Film Seems a Bit Too Hollywood.

But Most of the Movie Plays Out Some Twists and Turns that are Surprising and the Quick Pacing Helps the Film Deal With the Malpractice Elements and the "God Complex" More Easily.

Overall, it is a Thinking Man's Thriller with Good Performances and Good Writing and is Only Brought Down a Bit by the Contrived Situations Necessary to Make it All Fit Into a Two Hour Running Time.

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