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Desperate Measures

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4.2 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews


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Product Description

Michael Keaton and Andy Garcia go head to head in this riveting thriller about a cop forced to protect a vicious killer. It's a parent's worst nightmare and a cop's harshest test: Frank Conner (Garcia) is a dedicated officer and devoted father. He'll do anything to find a bone-marrow donor for his dying son, including break into the FBI's computer and solicit the help of a ruthless killer (Keaton). But when the killer escapes from the prison hospital, leaving scorched bodies in his wake, Frank must endanger innocent people or kill the only man who can save his son.

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Call it "Desperate Movie," because this ludicrous thriller deteriorates into unintentional comedy. For reasons that are never explained, a sociopathic killer (Michael Keaton) is the only available bone marrow donor for the cancer-stricken son of a San Francisco cop (Andy Garcia), who must capture the killer alive after a laughable escape in a labyrinthine hospital. The ensuing manhunt relies on plentiful plot holes and ridiculous shortcuts (like Keaton's use of a surgical laser to cut leg irons, or accessing hospital schematics from a prison computer). Self-consciously shot in film noir style, the cat-and-mouse routine leads to a briefly impressive car chase, but the premise (which even the movie's original press notes described as "intriguing, if unlikely") is based on "moral ambiguity" that doesn't translate from script to screen. Instead of forcing Keaton's typically "sick genius" to prove his ingenuity, the film pits him against a squad of cops who couldn't find a beer in a crowded pub. --Jeff Shannon


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  • Actors: Michael Keaton, Andy Garcia, Brian Cox, Joseph Cross, Marcia Gay Harden
  • Directors: Barbet Schroeder
  • Producers: Barbet Schroeder, Lee Rich, Gary Foster, Susan Hoffman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Letterboxed, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 26, 1998
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 0767812743
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,560 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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