Extreme Measures

1996

Extreme Measures

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40%

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Movie Info

When a homeless drug user suddenly dies for no apparent reason in a New York ER, physician Guy Luthan decides to investigate. Luthan's search leads him to the strange Dr. Lawrence Myrick. What Luthan discovers may put his own life at risk.

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Cast

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 Gruszynski
Paul Guilfoyle (II)
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

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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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