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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam M. Hall ...
John Crowley, Jr.
CEO Erich Loring
Pete Sutphen
Dr. Renzler
Andrea White ...
Dr. Allegria


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.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

22 January 2010 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,012,594, 24 January 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$11,854,694, 7 February 2010
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Even though the scenes were shot around the Portland area, a significant part of the film is set in Seattle, where Brendan Fraser studied acting at Cornish College of the Arts and where both of his parents reside. See more »


Stonehill puts up a sign that says "KEEP YOUR DAMN FOOD AND DRINK OUT OF MY REFRIDGERATOR!" (with "refrigerator" misspelled). See more »


John Crowley: [affably] Well, thank you very much for firing me.
Dr. Kent Webber: My pleasure, I never liked you.
John Crowley: Likewise.
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Written by Jerry Garcia , Robert Hunter, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir (as Robert Weir)
Performed by Grateful Dead (as Grateful Dead)
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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It's A Movie About Good Inentions And Heart
24 January 2010 | by See all my reviews

The haters won't like it, people with a heart will. It's based on true events, it was well preformed and it is a very touching movie. It's easily Harrison Ford's most dramatic and touching performance in years, quite possibly the most serious role Bredan has done his whole career.

It's an inspiring story based on true events. Some people compare it to a Life Time movie and I fail to see how you can do that when it's based on the real World. Anyone who has ever been through family illness knows that this movie is not up in the clouds some place.

It's a movie about family and friends that leave everything else behind in their lives and take extraordinary risks, measures to follow their passions, protect those they love.

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