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Desperate Measures (1998)

Frank Conner is an honest police officer who desperately needs to save his son's life. However, after losing all hope, he finds out that a criminal Peter McCabe in jail is his only savior.

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Barbet Schroeder

Writer:

David Klass
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Keaton ... Peter McCabe
Andy Garcia ... Frank Conner
Brian Cox ... Captain Jeremiah Cassidy
Marcia Gay Harden ... Dr. Samantha Hawkins
Erik King ... Nate Oliver
Efrain Figueroa ... Vargas
Joseph Cross ... Matthew Conner
Janel Moloney ... Sarah Davis
Richard Riehle ... Ed Fayne
Tracey Walter ... Medical Inmate
Peter Weireter Peter Weireter ... SWAT Team Commander
Keith Diamond ... Derrick Wilson
Steve Park ... Dr. Gosha
Steven Schub ... SWAT in Airduct
Neal Matarazzo ... Cell Guard
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San Francisco police officer Frank Connor is in a frantic search for a compatible bone marrow donor for his gravely ill son. There's only one catch: the potential donor is convicted multiple murderer Peter McCabe who sees a trip to the hospital as the perfect opportunity to get what he wants most: freedom. With McCabe's escape, the entire hospital becomes a battleground and Connor must pursue and, ironically, protect the deadly fugitive who is his son's only hope for survival. Written by Sony Pictures (with permission)

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 January 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Medidas Desesperadas See more »

Filming Locations:

Québec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,833,412, 1 February 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$13,806,137, 19 April 1998
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Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film is set in San Francisco, but was filmed in Pittsburgh. They used Grant Street in downtown Pittsburgh, because it is a brick road like many of the roads in San Francisco. Also, the front of the hospital is One Mellon Bank Center located on Grant Street, the same building in the helicopter scene of Sudden Death (1995). See more »

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Near the end of the movie when McCabe steals the truck we hear over the radio that the truck he stole was a 89 blue Dodge pick-up. Minutes later we can clearly see a "Ford" logo on the front of the truck. See more »

Quotes

Peter McCabe: You have to appreciate the irony. After all these years of being locked up, I'm given the opportunity to kill again. A cop's kid, too, and all I have to do is sit right here.
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References History of the World: Part I (1981) See more »

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PROUD MARY
Written by John Fogerty (as John C. Fogerty)
Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival
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Looking for bone marrow. Maybe a brain as well.
9 March 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Barbet Schroeder doesn't fare well in this directorial attempt. "Desperate Measures" is a film that has been seen in other forms before, better made. The screen play by David Klass doesn't make sense at all.

With that out of the way, this hospital thriller is fun to watch because of the intensity of both lead men performances. Michael Keaton, the bad guy in this film, shows an evil side not found in any of his performances before. He is equally matched by Andy Garcia, not one of our favorite actors. Mr. Garcia tends to shout and get incomprehensible at the most dramatic moments.

The last sequences of the film pack a lot of action, and once we have settled back to accept the silliness of the whole thing, we go for the ride. The chase and bridge scenes are staged well; they'll keep the viewer glued to the screen.

Watch Michael Keaton as we haven't seen him before.


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