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Extraordinary Measures (2010)

 -  Drama  -  22 January 2010 (USA)
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A drama centered on the efforts of John and Aileen Crowley to find a researcher who might have a cure for their two children's rare genetic disorder.

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Storyline

A Portland couple have two children with Pompe disease, a genetic anomaly that kills most before a child's tenth birthday. The husband, John, an advertising executive, contacts Robert Stonehill, a researcher in Nebraska who has done innovative research for an enzyme treatment. He has little money to fund his laboratory, and a thorny personality that drives away colleagues and funders. John and his wife Aileen raise money to help Stonehill's research and the required clinical trials. John takes on the task full time, working with venture capitalists and then rival teams of researchers. Time is running short, Stonehill's angry outburst hinder the company's faith in him, and the profit motive may upend John's hopes. The researchers race against time for the children who have the disease. Written by Anonymous

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Don't hope for a miracle. Make one.

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Rated PG for thematic material, language and a mild suggestive moment | See all certifications »

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22 January 2010 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,012,594 (USA) (22 January 2010)

Gross:

$11,854,694 (USA) (5 February 2010)
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Trivia

This is his first film since Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) where Harrison Ford has not had his name first in the credits. See more »

Goofs

When Patrick Crowley is throwing food to ducks at the lake, he laughs and reveals that he is missing two milky central incisors. At the end of the movie when he is in the hospital taking his medicine, he laughs again revealing that he is missing only one milky central incisor instead of two - the last scene of the movie was filmed before the first. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Preston: Now look, she is still a very sick girl, obviously, but her vital signs have improved and I'm cautiously optimistic.
John Crowley: [sarcastic reference to earlier conversation] So I guess you can say we dodged that blessing.
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Connections

Featured in Late Show with David Letterman: Episode #17.79 (2010) See more »

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Come Take a Trip in My Airship
Written by George Evans and Ren Shields
Courtesy of Carlisle Music Co./Paul Eakins' Gay 90's Village
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I enjoyed "Extraordinary Measures"
2 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Harrison Ford still displays great instincts both as an actor and as an executive producer. I believed in his character whole-heartedly, and convincingly-so as the movie unfolded the story. Brendan Fraser is also very convincing as a decent, but desperate and resourceful father. This is a movie that made me want to read the book, research the real issues.

I especially like the way the audience is increasingly drawn in, not only to the family seeking Dr. Stonehill's cutting edge medical research, but, moreover, in to the very lives of other families enduring a plight similar to the family of the main protagonists.

The movie is strong in terms of not over-playing the sentiment, which it would have been so easy to do.


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