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Dr. Guy Luthan (Hugh Grant) treats a homeless man with strange symptoms, but then the patient disappears out from under his care -- along with any files pertaining to him. In trying to track the man down, Luthan gradually begins to suspect there is a conspiracy, which is leading him to the highly respected Dr. Lawrence Myrick (Gene Hackman). Unfortunately, the powers behind it would prefer he not snoop around, and Luthan finds himself being destroyed both professionally and personally.

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Hugh Grant
Dr. Guy Luthan
Gene Hackman
Dr. Lawrence Myrick
David Morse
FBI Agent Frank Hare
Bill Nunn
Det. Bob Burke
Debra Monk
Dr. Judith Gruszynski
Paul Guilfoyle
Dr. Jeffrey Manko
Shaun Austin-Olsen
Claude Minkins
Peter Appel
Det. Stone
Andrew Scheinman
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Audience Reviews for Extreme Measures

  • Sep 18, 2011
    Thriller film based on Michael Palmer's 1991 novel of the same name, about the ethics of how far we are willing to go, and how much we are willing to sacrifice, in order to cure the world's ills.With a "conspiracy theory" plot, this is a well made thriller with some surprises.Worth a try.
    Andre T Super Reviewer
  • Jul 27, 2009
    This movie had some good thriller elements. Sarah Jessica Parker's role could have been mostly eliminated. The major flaw here was Hollywood's continued perpetuation of the myth of the Hippocratic Oath. Doctors are some of the most ruthless, psychopathic, incompetent, cruel, callous capitalists in the world. They routinely experiment on the destitute, the uninsured, the unwary, and the homeless. Many seem to delight in negligently killing patients. We won't even start with the drug companies here. I'm not buying Hugh Grant's character's idealism. His Dudley DoRIght character is a complete turd in this film, and not likely to be found in real life. I have plenty of M.D.'s in my family and it's my opinion that no M.D. worth his salt would have turned his back on such valuable research. This is one case in which the unethical doctors were doing something worthwhile. The subjects were the sorts of people I live in fear of everyday. I realize that there is a slippery slope type issue here, as the European branch of my family could have attested to in 1939-1945, had they not been put into a Volkswagen ashtray. However, that issue is beyond the scope of this movie. Just once, it would have been nice to see the idealist have an epiphany of reality in the end. Once again in the course of a review, I must utter the curse, "Hollywood, Eat My Shit." Or perhaps, as has been pointed out in the forums, it is the idiotic American audience that is to blame for the smarminess. Hollywood is simply a machine programmed to choose the most financially becoming conclusion to any film.
    Pamela D Super Reviewer
  • Nov 30, 2008
    I can't remember much about this movie but I think I enjoyed it.
    Ross C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 27, 2007
    Dr. Guy Luthan (Hugh Grant) is a New York emergency room doctor who one night comes across a strange patient: a homeless man who has a wristband from a hospital he's not familiar with, mentioning a drug he's never heard of, and with strange symptoms, including a wildly fluctuating heart rate. When the man dies, Guy attempts to follow up and find out more about the patient - only to find that the body and all records have disappeared, and he's told by his superiors to drop the case. As he continues trying to find out what happened, his personal and professional life get suddenly sidetracked. His home is ransacked and cocaine is planted near his bedside. The police arrest him and he is convicted and in the process he loses his job, the ability to ever practice medicine anywhere in the world and virtually all of his friends. In desperation, he manages to get the help of some homeless men who lead him to their underground home. His ER patient who died also had lived there. Through them he's led to an organization, led by Dr. Myrick (Gene Hackman), that performs spinal experiments on the homeless people, all of whom have died thus far, in an attempt to find a cure for paralysis. Myrick attempts to sway Luthan to join his team telling him that these people are heroes and losing one to save millions is worth the sacrifice. Dr. Luthan admits that while there is some truth in what Myrick says, he states they have not chosen to be heroes, which makes Myrick a murderer. Myrick is shot and accidentally killed by rogue FBI Agent Frank Hare (David Morse). Later, Mrs. Myrick hands the discs and documentation regarding the research to Luthan telling him "my husband was trying to do a good thing, but in the wrong way". He opens the package, views the materials and proceeds towards the neurology building where he is now working.
    Martin D Super Reviewer

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