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Extreme Measures (1996)

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Release Date
 USA: Sep 27, 1996
DVD Release Date
 R1: Dec 14, 1999
 R2: 12 Jun 2000

Budget $38,000,000

MPAA Rating
Rated R for violence, language, some nudity and graphic ER activity.

Running Time
1 hour, 58 minutes

Country USA

Production Companies
Castle Rock Entertainment, Simian Films

Studio Castle Rock Entertainment, Columbia Pictures, Simian Films, Sony Pictures Entertainment

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• Extreme Measures (1996)
• Extrem... mit allen Mitteln (1996)

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Genre: Drama, Doctor, Suspense, Murder, Gore, Disturbing, Investigation

Tagline: Not all surgery is intended to cure. Don't move a muscle.

Plot: At New York's Gramercy Hospital, a homeless man under the care of English doctor Guy Luthan (Hugh Grant) dies in a horrific manner. Soon both the patient and his file mysteriously disappear. The puzzled Luthan is told by a superior to forget about it and move on. Undaunted, Luthan conducts his own investigation--and uncovers a scandal in which homeless people are being used as human guinea pigs in the name of science. The moral Luthan wants to put a stop to this, but doing so may cost him his career--and his life.

Adapted from a book by Michael Palmer, the film marches to its conclusion with as much suspense as director Michael Apted's previous thrillers (AGATHA, GORKY PARK, and THUNDERHEART). Grant plays the charming, put-upon Englishman to perfection, while Gene Hackman and Sarah Jessica Parker provide strong supporting roles. An intelligent examination of the contemporary dilemmas in medical ethics, the film concludes with an ending that will challenge viewers' moral beliefs.

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 Directed by
Michael Apted
The World Is Not Enough, Nell, Enough
 Written by
Tony Gilroy
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Hugh Grant
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Gene Hackman
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Sarah Jessica Parker
Sex and the City, Mars Attacks!, Ed Wood
David Morse
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Bill Nunn
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Paul Guilfoyle
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J.K. Simmons
Spider-Man 3, Juno, Spider-Man
 Music By
Danny Elfman
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