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Extraordinary Measures (2010)

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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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Tom Vaughan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brendan Fraser ... John Crowley
Harrison Ford ... Dr. Stonehill
Keri Russell ... Aileen Crowley
Meredith Droeger ... Megan Crowley
Diego Velazquez ... Patrick Crowley
Sam M. Hall ... John Crowley, Jr.
Jared Harris ... Dr. Kent Webber
Patrick Bauchau ... CEO Erich Loring
Alan Ruck ... Pete Sutphen
David Clennon ... Dr. Renzler
Dee Wallace ... Sal
Courtney B. Vance ... Marcus Temple
Ayanna Berkshire ... Wendy Temple
P.J. Byrne ... Dr. Preston
Andrea White Andrea White ... Dr. Allegria
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Don't hope for a miracle. Make one.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crowley See more »

Filming Locations:

Alameda, Portland, Oregon, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Just after John Crowley reaches into the cabinet and picks up a vial of medicine, a security guard shouts at him to freeze. John turns and sees the guard with a gun aimed at him. He puts his hands up, but there is no vial of medicine in either hand. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Robert Stonehill: I already work around the clock!
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Connections

Featured in Late Show with David Letterman: Episode #17.79 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Come Take a Trip in My Airship
Written by George Evans and Ren Shields
Courtesy of Carlisle Music Co./Paul Eakins' Gay 90's Village
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Interesting Film
23 January 2010 | by artzauSee 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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