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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

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:

The Untitled Crowley Project 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

Gross USA:

$12,068,313

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,134,293
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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 »

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John Crowley: Where are you going?
Dr. Robert Stonehill: I'm going to go take a crap - if that meets with you fiscal approval...
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Hollywood's formulaic and generic version of real life
21 August 2010 | by napierslogsSee all my reviews

"Extraordinary Measures" is one of those "feel-good", "inspirational" films which is actually feel-good and inspirational but in a very generic kind-of-way.

Brendan Fraser awkwardly stars as a businessman who desperately hopes that "they" will find a cure for Pompe disease, which two of his children are dying from. As you would expect, he stays up late researching trying to find the latest advances. This teams him up with Harrison Ford, an unpersonable scientist, who also provides the few comic relief moments.

Based on a true story, but in such a way that although the overall story may come from real life, all the events shown are surely fictional. It's dramatic when we need it to be and things work out when we need them to - way too formulaic and tidy for real life. They tell us some of the science behind the cure, which is of course nonsense, but it's supposed to get the audience more invested in what's happening; however, it's just a reminder that this is Hollywood not real life.

Let me go back to the beginning, "Extraordinary Measures" is feel-good and inspirational, and if you like those types of movies, this one plays out exactly as it's supposed to. You'll get swept up into the story and cry when you're supposed to. Everything is right on cue.


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