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Extraordinary Measures (2010)

PG | | 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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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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Drama

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

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$31,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$11,854,694 (USA) (5 February 2010)
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P.J. Byrne, who plays Dr. Preston, has a cousin in real life that is treating the Crowley children at St. Peter's University Hospital in New Jersey. See more »

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When John Crowley is talking to his wife by the lake, he refers to "Dr. Stoneham" instead of Stonehill. 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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Featured in Late Show with David Letterman: Episode #17.73 (2010) See more »

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Written by Joe South
Performed by Deep Purple
Licensed courtesy of EMI Records Ltd. and HEC Enterprises, Ltd.
By special arrangement with Spark Music LLC
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This movie shows the lengths good parents will go for their children.
31 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the most underrated films of the year. Clearly this movie was too intellectual for the general public. Well acted, well directed and with a very powerful message. The movie shows to what lenghts good parents will go for their children. It also reveals the difficulty in placing a new well needed drug with the FDA. The message this movie reveals is the priority of costs by drug companies over the health concerns of individuals and families affected by rare diseases. Both Bryandon Frasier and Harrison Ford deliver powerful performances in this film. Its refreshing to watch a film and not have to sit thought the typical car chase or shoot-out.


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