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Desperate Measures (1998)

Frank Conner is an honest police officer who desperately needs to save his son's life. However, after losing all hope, he finds out that a criminal Peter McCabe in jail is his only savior.

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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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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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30 January 1998 (USA)  »

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Medidas Desesperadas  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

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$5,833,412 (USA) (1 February 1998)

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$13,806,137 (USA) (19 April 1998)
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Michael Keaton and Joseph Cross appeared in Jack Frost (1998). See more »

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The liquid cyclopropane, in addition to not being able to be dispensed in the way showed, is no longer used in hospitals. Also, if it were in the hospital for some storage purpose, the containers are bright orange. See more »

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Captain Jeremiah Cassidy: How many people are going to have to die here tonight so that kid of yours can live?
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References Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) See more »

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Written by John Fogerty (as John C. Fogerty)
Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival
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Great no-brainer film.
27 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

This is a great film for those days when you just want an easy to follow film and aren't interested in using your brain to try to figure out the action. Granted, it's not an Oscar-caliber film, but it's a lot better than the garbage out there now.

Andy Garcia plays Frank Conner, a police detective or something of higher rank who happens to be a widower and who's only son, played by Joseph Cross (in a good performance) is dying of a rare type of leukemia and can only be saved by a certain kind of bone-marrow transplant. It turns out that the only match in the whole world is Peter McCabe (Michael Keaton), a ruthless, intelliegent, psychopathic killer who is in prison for multiple murders. Conner tries to convince, almost by begging, McCabe to help his son. McCabe will, but only if his demands are met. They are granted, and then McCabe uses his privileges to plan an escape; as well as to make sure he won't be put to sleep by the aenesthetic on the day of the operation. That day, McCabe successfully escapes the operation room, and the rest of the movie is spent with Conner trying to capture the crazed McCabe without killing him, because he wants that bone-marrow for his son.

Andy Garcia and Michael Keaton deliver good performances. Keaton doesn't overplay his role, although the trailers made him sound like he was a demon from Hell. The plot and storyline are filled with poor logic and holes, but this movie is for delivering a simple but overblown story for people who just want to watch a movie, and nothing more. Also check out the opening credits that scroll through the sets, very cool.


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