Extreme Measures (1996) - Rotten Tomatoes

Extreme Measures (1996)



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An emergency room doctor's busy routine is nearly permanently disrupted when he begins looking for the truth behind the mysterious death of the vagrant who raced naked into the E.R. of his New York City hospital. After a few moments of touch-and-go doctoring, the strange man stabilized then suddenly died. Guy Luthan (Hugh Grant) was the attending physician and he doesn't understand why Claude Minkins died. Because he was homeless and obviously a drug user, Minkins' fate is of little interest to Luthan's superiors, but Luthan knows something is terribly wrong and, against a direct order from the head of the hospital, he begins investigating. His search leads him to the brilliant but weird Dr. Lawrence Myrick (Gene Hackman). What Luthan finds horrifies him and puts his own life at risk.more
Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Tony Gilroy
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 14, 1999
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Hugh Grant
as Dr. Guy Luthan
Gene Hackman
as Dr. Lawrence Myrick
Sarah Jessica Parker
as Jodie Trammel
David Morse
as Frank Hare
Bill Nunn
as Det. Burke
Debra Monk
as Dr. Judith Gruszynsk...
Paul Guilfoyle
as Dr. Jeffrey Manko
Shaun Austin-Olsen
as Claude Minkins
Andre DeSheilds
as Teddy Dolsen
André De Shields
as Teddy Dolson
Peter Appel
as Det. Stone
J.K. Simmons
as Dr. Mingus
Nancy Beatty
as Ruth Myrick
Gerry Becker
as Dr. Gene Spitelli
Bill MacDonald
as Stone's Partner
Derwin Jordan
as ER Doctor
Simon Reynolds
as ER Doctor
Tara Rosling
as ER Doctor
Martin Roach
as ER Doctor
Bernard Browne
as ER Doctor
Sanjay Talwar
as ER Doctor
Arlene Duncan
as ER Nurse
Cheryl Swarts
as ER Nurse
Peter Maloney
as Mr. Randall
Noam Jenkins
as Criminal
Larissa Lapchinski
as Myrick's Daughter
Phallon Carpino
as Granddaughter
Ross Petty
as Dr. Garlock
Todd Stewart
as Shelter Supervisor
Lawrence Arancio
as Medical Examiner
John Ventimiglia
as Detective Manning
Raynor Scheine
as Half-Mole
Denis Akiyama
as Professor Asakura
Kim Roberts
as Home Nurse
Gerry Quigley
as Party Guest
Teresa Yenque
as Neighbor
Chris Edwards
as Uniform Cop
David Eisner
as Guy's Lawyer
Dana Stevens
as Prosecutor
David Cronenberg
as Hospital Lawyer
Desi Moreno
as Toll Collector
Marc Gosselin
as Jodie's Brother
Jackie Richardson
as Triphase Nurse
Marium Carvell
as Triphase Nurse
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Critic Reviews for Extreme Measures

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (15)

Is it excusable to kill a few indigents here and there experimenting for a miracle cure? Measures' painfully protracted Hour 2 turns into a melodramatic debate about ethics.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

It's a fish out of water story in which neither the fish nor anybody else seems aware of his 'out of water' status.

Full Review… | October 31, 2011
Ultra Culture

The good liberal Michael Apted seems to think he's directing a film about society's exploitation of the homeless. In fact, the exploitation is all his.

Full Review… | September 5, 2009
Boston Phoenix

If it's never as scary or provocative as it means to be, at least it's straightforward and satisfying.

Full Review… | July 30, 2007

Audience Reviews for Extreme Measures

A great Thriller from the 90's with a slightly more serious role from Hugh Grants and less typecast than we are used to.

An original plot which has been copied many times including in TV programmes. A good conspiracy film, which presents a great dilema, which will at least make you question the circumstances yourself.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer


I can't remember much about this movie but I think I enjoyed it.

Ross Collins

Super Reviewer

Thriller about legally medical practices.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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