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Extreme Measures

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Hugh Grant and Gene Hackman square off in a bristling thriller packed with tension and a medical-ethics dilemma that will keep you thinking long after the film ends.Year: 1996 Director: Michael Apted Starring: Hugh Grant Gene Hackman Sarah Jessica ParkerRunning Time: 118 min.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: DRAMA UPC: 053939251029

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  • Actors: Hugh Grant, Gene Hackman, Sarah Jessica Parker, David Morse, Bill Nunn
  • Directors: Michael Apted
  • Writers: Michael Palmer, Tony Gilroy
  • Producers: Andrew Scheinman, Chris Brigham, Elizabeth Hurley, Jeanney Kim
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Turner Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: December 14, 1999
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000399WA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,616 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Extreme Measures" on IMDb

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Peter Shelley on June 23, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Michael Palmer's novel owes a lot to Robin Crook's novel Coma which was filmed by Michael Crichton and uses the same hospital setting for scientific experimentation. Director Michael Apted may not have Crichton's touch for paranoid thrillers but clearly producer Elizabeth Hurley saw the property as a change of image vehicle for her then boyfriend Hugh Grant. Although here Grant only partly manages to suppress the self-conscious ticks and stammerings that he used in his cross-over hit Four Weddings and a Funeral, his apologetic body language still fits as a British doctor in an New York public hospital who stumbles across a medical conspiracy (the ole doctors playing God again). The screenplay by Tony Gilroy has Grant repeat phrases like "Let me just get this clear", as if being British gave him some language barrier, and his reaction to an obstructive laboratory attendant is amusing in his understated outrage, culminating in "You're quite a creepy person". For those who find Grant's schtick annoying, this perormance is one to be admired. The film is notable for Sarah Jessica Parker wearing an odd half-brown half-red hairdo (Madonna has a lot to answer for), Gene Hackman playing older than his real age, and the presentation of an underground world of darkness where the homeless and dispossessed live in the bowels of Grand Central Station. Although an art director's delight, one gets the feeling this is not an imaginary location. The mystery at the centre of the film involves the use of those considered to "have nothing" and making them "heroes", but this logic is on a par with the Nazi doctors who used concentration camp inmates for experimental research.Read more ›
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nix Pix on April 29, 2003
Format: DVD
"Extreme Measures" is the story of Dr. Guy Luthan (Hugh Grant), a physician working out his residency at Gramercy Hospital. Guy's personal life and profession seem to be right on track until one of his patients unexpectedly dies of mysterious circumstances. Was it medical malpractice, an accident or something much more sinister? Not since Michael Crighton's "Coma" have we seen a medical suspense/thriller told with such skill and timely shock value. Nothing is what it appears to be and no one is who they report themselves to be. Sarah Jessica Parker costars as Jodie Trammel, a nurse and Guy's most trusted friend. She is distraught when Guy is arrested for drug possession but is her apprehension at testifying on his behalf a byproduct of her own disappointment, or is she cloaking a more guarded secret. Gene Hackman is simply marvelous as Dr. Lawrence Myrick, a benevolent crusader in stem cell research who is actually using his connections and considerable clout to fund a clinic using human test subjects.

Originally released under the Castlerock label, which used to belong to Columbia Tristar, this movie is now the property of Warner Brothers Home Entertainment and it looks marvelous on DVD. Colors are well balanced, bold and rich. Flesh tones are infinitely more accurate on the DVD than on the previously released laserdisc or VHS versions from Columbia. Contrast and shadow delineation are superb with fine detail visible even during the darkest scenes. The disc is correctly framed in its 2:35:1 ratio and anamorphically enhanced. The audio is a 5.1 mix and nicely balanced with a very aggressive bass that will give your speakers a work out. There are NO extras. I suppose I could fault Warner for not giving us a featurette but with a transfer this good - who cares?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L Gontzes on February 14, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
Extreme Measures does an EXCELLENT job of shedding light on the sensitive issue of how far is far enough in relation to scientific advancement and experimentation.

It deals with concepts such as where does one set the boundaries in regards to Medicine and Science, as well as touching on the topics of Morality, Change and Progress, and questions like do the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few or should it be the other way around? Most importantly, it brings attention to and succeeds in making people aware of the existence of such dilemmas, which have been characteristic of mankind throughout history.

Hugh Grant does a great job in his dramatic role as Dr Guy Luthan, as does Gene Hackman as Dr Lawrence Myrick. It is an amazing thriller with familiar elements from the X-Files. The plot, the setting, and the dialogues are all very good!

Extreme Measures is a very good movie, guaranteed to provide an evening's entertainment. In addition, it is one of those films that gets you and keeps you thinking long after it's over.

Overall, it is a movie definitely worth watching!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Robson on March 16, 2000
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Snatched from what would appear to be the latest Crichton novel, Gramercy Hospital's ER is baffled by the strange appearance and subsequent death of a bald escapee from another big apple medical center. Guy (Grant), a harried MD, doesn't need this action. He just wants to do his time and bolt to his promised research post at NYU. You had to know it wouldn't be that easy. The doc turned amateur detective accordingly stumbles upon a series of mysteries that in this case history includes missing records, suspicious hospital administrators, and serious lapses of movie logic.
Findings: Something's rotten in the state of healthcare. Well, duh! Human guinea pigs are getting greased and all Guy can come up with is the word triphase. In too deep and getting little help from nurse Jodie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Guy crashes and burns. Evil operatives plant drugs in his apartment, the career goes kaput, and Guy takes a ride into the underbelly of New York (including a harrowing subway scene that ends with a big-bam-boom surprise). All the while he's all but blind to the sinister, morally bankrupt ideals of Dr. Myrick (Gene Hackman). This dweeb's God complex makes Dr. Frankenstein look like the nutty professor.
Grant is low-key and likeable. Sure it's slick, but the suspense is real, which makes Extreme Measures a consuming score for Hurley, Grant, and director Michael Apted.
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