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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.


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

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$38,000,000 (estimated)

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

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ITL 2,583,776,000 (Italy) (3 January 1997)
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First of Hugh Grants two movies with Sarah Jessica Parker, the other one was " Did you hear about the Morgan's?"(2009) 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 »

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Dr. Guy Luthan: Listen to me for fuck's sake I'm not killing anyone! I'm here because whoever did kill Claude has fucked up my life! Is Teddy here? If Teddy is here, you *have* to let me *see* him!
Mole Lady: [after a long pause] He's here
Dr. Guy Luthan: [as Ted writhes in pain] How long has he been here?
Mole Lady: Four days. We found him at the factories, he was trying to make his way back here
Dr. Guy Luthan: Okay, I just need to turn him over. Here, hold his head
[it reveals a nasty gash exposing a vertebrae]
Dr. Guy Luthan: Jesus... That's why they do the lab tests
Mole Lady: Who's '...
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References Coma (1978) See more »

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ON MY MIND
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Very underrated film that actually provokes thought
19 March 2001 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I just saw this for the second time, on telly, and was struck again by how good it is; not great, maybe, but a very solidly written and acted film on an intriguing premiss and leaving the viewer a bit of room to make up their own mind (this is a GOOD THING, in case anyone is wondering). Hugh Grant shows again that he can do more than play variations on this 4 Weddings character - anyone who has seen An Awfully Big Adventure will be well aware of this. And Gene Hackman is as excellent as ever. A word for Elizabeth Hurley, who produced the film, and I think it was her first: a damn good job she did, despite some unsavoury sniping in the British press about her. I'd give it an 8 out of 10


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