Desperate Measures

Desperate Measures

Barbet Schroeder (1998)

15 Certificate


Our Score
A good premise, a great cast and an excellent director (Barbet Schroeder) amount to very little in this dumb thriller that rapidly goes downhill. Andy Garcia stars as a policeman who needs the rare bone marrow of the very unhinged Michael Keaton in order to save his son. Initially an intriguing variant on The Silence of the Lambs, the movie develops into an implausible action thriller as the overacting Keaton runs amok in a hospital leaving Garcia with a dilemma. It's so idiotic at times that you wonder if anybody actually read the script before signing on.


A strait-laced cop vows to ensure his ailing son gets a life-saving bone marrow transplant, but the only compatible donor is an imprisoned murderer. The convict agrees, but seizes his opportunity to escape before the operation - leaving the detective determined to recapture him alive. Action thriller, starring Andy Garcia, Michael Keaton, Marcia Gay Harden and Brian Cox.

Cast & Crew

Peter McCabe Michael Keaton
Frank Connor Andy Garcia
Captain Jeremiah Cassidy Brian Cox (1)
Dr Samantha Hawkins Marcia Gay Harden
Nate Oliver Erik King
Vargus Efrain Figueroa
Matthew Conner Joseph Cross
Sarah Davis Janel Moloney
Ed Fayne Richard Riehle
Medical inmate Tracey Walter
Director Barbet Schroeder
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Entertainment Film Dists LtdGuidance: Contains violence and swearing. Available on: video and DVD