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Desperate Measures (1998)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  30 January 1998 (USA)
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San Francisco police officer Frank Connor is in a frantic search for a compatible bone marrow donor for his gravely ill son. There's only one catch: the potential donor is convicted ... See full summary »

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San Francisco police officer Frank Connor is in a frantic search for a compatible bone marrow donor for his gravely ill son. There's only one catch: the potential donor is convicted multiple murderer Peter McCabe who sees a trip to the hospital as the perfect opportunity to get what he wants most: freedom. With McCabe's escape, the entire hospital becomes a battleground and Connor must pursue and, ironically, protect the deadly fugitive who is his son's only hope for survival. Written by Sony Pictures (with permission)

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30 January 1998 (USA)  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

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£349,271 (UK) (27 February 1998)

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$13,668,777 (USA) (10 April 1998)
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In addition to some of the scenes filmed in Pittsburgh, an elaborate set was constructed in a vacant hangar at what is now known as the San Bernardino International Airport, what used to be Norton Air Force base. Both the jail/prison was three stories high and the hospital, built to the same level, were both physically connected by the concourse seen in the movie. See more »

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Rigging to make semi trailer appear to jackknife is visible. See more »

Quotes

Peter McCabe: What do you have to offer me, Frank?
Frank Conner: Redemption.
Peter McCabe: If I can't eat it, drink it, fuck it or fire it, I ain't interested!
Frank Conner: But you're coming with me all the same.
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Written by John Fogerty (as John C. Fogerty)
Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival
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High Marks For Suspense
2 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here's an underrated suspense movie that's good. It's "good" in that fact it delivers what it promises: suspense. I'm sure there are a number of holes in this far-fetched tale but it's fun to watch nevertheless.

Michael Keaton is almost mesmerizing in his role as the sick killer. There is some decent action in here, too, but suspense is the name of this game. Once you've started in, it's very difficult to put down. Andy Garcia and Marcia Gay Hayden turn in solid performances as well.

It was nice to see a tough-but-loving father (Garcia) go to any lengths to save his kid. Speaking of the kid (Joseph Cross), they show this very little soft-spoken boy that is trying be saved and all of sudden he says the word "a-hole." What is the purpose of inserting that? Only in the world of film.


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