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Extreme Measures (1996)

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A young doctor confronts with a famous colleague, when he learns about the true methods of his work.

Director:

Michael Apted

Writers:

Michael Palmer (book), Tony Gilroy (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Grant ... Dr. Guy Luthan
Gene Hackman ... Dr. Lawrence Myrick
Sarah Jessica Parker ... Jodie Trammel
David Morse ... FBI Agent Frank Hare
Bill Nunn ... Det. Bob Burke
John Toles-Bey ... Bobby
Paul Guilfoyle ... Dr. Jeffrey Manko
Debra Monk ... Dr. Judith Gruszynski
Shaun Austin-Olsen Shaun Austin-Olsen ... Claude Minkins
André De Shields ... Teddy Dolson
J.K. Simmons ... Dr. Mingus
Peter Appel ... Det. Stone
Diana Zimmer Diana Zimmer ... Helen
Nancy Beatty Nancy Beatty ... Ruth Myrick
Gerry Becker ... Dr. Gene Spitelli
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Storyline

Thriller about Guy Luthan (Hugh Grant), a British doctor working at a hospital in New York who starts making unwanted enquiries when the body of a man who died in his emergency room disappears. The trail leads Luthan to the door of the eminent surgeon Dr Lawrence Myrick (Gene Hackman), but Luthan soon finds himself in danger from people who want the hospital's secret to remain undiscovered. Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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Not all surgery is intended to cure. Don't move a muscle.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language, some nudity and graphic ER activity | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ekstreme metoder See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,906,546, 29 September 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$17,305,211, 15 November 1996
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Alec Baldwin was considered for the role of Dr. Guy Luthan. See more »

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Arriving in The Room Dr. Luthan's lips clearly moves, but the words "...if someone's there listening" can be heard seconds later. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Lawrence Myrick: People die everyday. And for what? For nothing. What do we do? What do *you* do? You take care of the ones you think you can save. Good doctors do the correct thing. Great doctors have the guts to do the right thing. Your father had those guts.
Dr. Guy Luthan: Those men upstairs, maybe there isn't much point to their lives. Maybe they are doing a great thing for the world. Maybe they are heroes. But they didn't choose to be. You chose for them. And you can't do that, because you're a doctor, and you took an ...
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A thrilling movie that puts you in a moral dilemma
30 October 1999 | by maj006See all my reviews

A movie starring Hugh Grant, Gene Hackman and David Morse is a "must-see" for me. Extreme Measures is a thriller, and it does its job well - it is thrilling. On top of that the director managed to put me in a moral dilemma. There was a point in the movie, where I could not decide whether "the bad guy" really was such a bad guy. I think that this sounds very confusing, but watch the movie and decide for yourself. "The bad guy's" motives aren't bad at all, it is just the way he does it! A thrilling, although a bit slow movie at times. I voted 7/10.


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