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

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$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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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 »

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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 »

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Megan Crowley: So, what do you do? You married? Do you have a wife?
Dr. Robert Stonehill: Uh, ex-wives. Two of them.
Megan Crowley: Oh yeah? How come?
Dr. Robert Stonehill: Cause I'm so easy to get along with. Any other questions?
Megan Crowley: No, your turn to ask one.
Dr. Robert Stonehill: Oh, um...
Megan Crowley: You're probably wondering what grade I'm in.
Dr. Robert Stonehill: What grade are you in?
Megan Crowley: I'm in third. My hobbies are video games and penguins. How 'bout you?
Dr. Robert Stonehill: I already graduated.
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References The Godfather (1972) See more »

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The Weight
Written by Robbie Robertson
Performed by The Band
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Interesting Film
23 January 2010 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

The faceplate reviewer goes out of his way to pan the leads, Harrison Ford and Brendan Fraser as being too old, curmudgeonly and too fat and weepy. OK. Thanks for expressing those opinions, which, BTW, I don't share. Yes. There's no doubt this is a sentimental flick with great emotional overtones and certainly qualifies as a three hanky job. Seeing children suffer, whether they're cute, charming, cuddly or not, is not pleasant. But, the fact that there are these kinds of kids who endure the ravages of disease stemming from their own bodies is a sad reality and I would argue it takes a pretty stern person to consider these conditions unemotionally. The movie is based on a book and like any biopic, a certain amount of license is taken in bringing the story to the screen. However, the story is never maudlin. The script is full of sentiment but never slips down to the level of being overly sentimental. In effect, it's a tale of people with various agendas driven by the desperation of a father trying to help his children from dying an early death. There is no deus ex machina, here. The conflicts which impede the goal largely stem from the personal agendas of the players in the drama. Sound familiar? You bet. That's what good writing is all about and when life imitates myth, it's even better. This is a good movie. Go see it. And, if you do so without puddling up at the eyeballs, you're made of sterner stuff than me.


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