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Encyclopedia > Extreme Measures
Extreme Measures
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Produced by Elizabeth Hurley
Directed by Michael Apted
Written by Tony Gilroy
Starring Hugh Grant
Gene Hackman
Music by Danny Elfman
Cinematography John Bailey
Editing Rick Shaine
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date September 27, 1996
Runtime 118 min.
Language English
IMDb Page


Extreme Measures is a 1996 thriller film 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. Elizabeth Hurley Elizabeth Jane Hurley (born June 10, 1965) is an English model, actress, producer and designer, born in Basingstoke, Hampshire. ... Michael Apted (Born February 10, 1941 in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom) is a British director, producer, writer and actor. ... Tony Gilroy is a screenwriter most notable for writing the screenplays for the first two films in the Jason Bourne series starring Matt Damon. ... Hugh Grant Hugh John Mungo Grant (born September 9, 1960 in London, England) is an English film actor who tends to play the archetypal (some would say stereotypical) Englishman. ... Gene Hackman Eugene Alden Hackman (born 30 January 1930) is an Oscar winning American actor. ... Danny Elfman Daniel Robert Danny Elfman (born May 29, 1953, in Amarillo, Texas) is a Jewish-American pop musician, composer and writer of film scores. ... John Moran Bailey (1904 - 1975) was a U.S. political figure. ... The Columbia Pictures logo, used from 1993 to current. ... September 27 is the 270th day of the year (271st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 95 days remaining. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... This is a list of film-related events in 1996. ... Thriller films are movies that primarily use action and suspense to engage the audience. ...


Tagline: Not all surgery is intended to cure.


Primary cast:

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 patient dies on him, 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. Hugh Grant Hugh John Mungo Grant (born September 9, 1960 in London, England) is an English film actor who tends to play the archetypal (some would say stereotypical) Englishman. ... Gene Hackman Eugene Alden Hackman (born 30 January 1930) is an Oscar winning American actor. ... Sarah Jessica Parker circa 2001 Sarah Jessica Parker (born March 25, 1965) is an internationally recognised American Actress with an extensive portfolio of both television and movie work. ... David Morse (born October 11, 1953 in Beverly, Massachusetts) is an American stage, televison, and cinema actor. ... Bill Nunn (born October 20, 1953 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an African American actor who made his debut in the 1988 Spike Lee film School Daze, and is perhaps best remembered for his role as Radio Raheem in Lees Do the Right Thing. ... Paul Guilfoyle (born July 12, 1955 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American television actor best known for playing Captain Jim Brass on the wildly popular forensic television drama CSI. Guilfoyles other television appearances most notably include guest roles on Miami Vice, Law & Order, and Ally McBeal. ... Debra Monk (born February 27, 1949) is an actress and author. ...


As he continues trying to find out what happened, his personal and professional life get suddenly sidetracked. He's accused of having cocaine in his apartment, and thus loses his job and virtually all of his friends. In desperation, he manages to get the help of some homeless men, who lead him to a place where homeless people congregate. These people are among the ones where the homeless man Guy originally treated. Through them, he's led to an organization, led by Dr. Myrick (Hackman) who are performing experiments on live humans, in an attempt to find a cure for paralysis. It has been suggested that Free-basing be merged into this article or section. ...


Quotes:

  • Dr. Lawrence Myrick: "People die everyday. And for what? For nothing. What do we do? What do *you* do? You take care of the ones you think you can save. Good doctors do the correct thing. Great doctors have the guts to do the right thing. Your father had those guts."
  • Dr. Guy Luthan:' Those men upstairs, maybe there isn't much point to their lives. Maybe they are doing a great thing for the world. Maybe they are heroes. But they didn't choose to be. You chose for them. And you can't do that, because you're a doctor, and you took an oath. I don't care if you find a cure for every disease on the planet! You tortured and murdered those men upstairs, and that makes you a disgrace to your profession!

 
 

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