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Desperate Measures (1998)

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Release Date
• USA: Jan 30, 1998
DVD Release Date
• R1: May 26, 1998
• R2: 30 Oct 2000

MPAA Rating
Rated R for violence and language.

Running Time
1 hour, 40 minutes

Country USA

Studio Eagle Point, Mandalay Pictures, TriStar

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Genre: Action, Thriller, Drama, Suspense, Escape, Police, Psychos, Serial Killer, Love, Revenge, Prison

Tagline: His son needs a DNA donor to live. The clock is ticking. The only match is a vicious killer. Now all Frank Conner has to do is catch him.

Plot: Widowed police officer Frank Conner (Andy Garcia) has a cancer-stricken nine-year-old son, Matthew (Joseph Cross), whose only hope for survival is a bone-marrow transplant, but the only matching donor is Pete McCabe (Michael Keaton), a vicious, psychotic killer being held in a maximum-security prison. McCabe at first denies Conner’s request for help but then agrees, devising an elaborate plan to use the medical procedure as an opportunity to escape. McCabe breaks loose before the transfusion can occur, and Conner is forced to become both his tracker and his ally, wanting to bring the serial killer back into custody but determined--for the sake of his son--to keep McCabe alive.

Keaton is chilling as the vicious, brilliant convict, while Garcia turns in a heartfelt performance as a devoted father caught in the middle of a bad situation getting worse. With DESPERATE MEASURES, director Barbet Schroeder (REVERSAL OF FORTUNE), renowned for his knack of combining urgent family drama with white-knuckle suspense, adds another crowd-pleasing, thought-provoking film to his list of successes.

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 Directed by
Barbet Schroeder
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 Written by
David Klass
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 Music By
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