Extreme Measures

Extreme Measures

Michael Apted (1996)

113min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
In this extremely silly but enjoyable Coma-style medical thriller, Hugh Grant stars as a doctor who uncovers dastardly deeds involving homeless patients at a big city hospital. Grant - too wooden to be convincing - is out-acted and outclassed at every turn by co-star Gene Hackman, who chews the scenery as the revered surgeon who is Grant's number one suspect. Director Michael Apted's film (which was produced by Elizabeth Hurley for Simian Films, the company she set up with Grant) contains few surprises, but it does have a few laughs thanks to Grant and Hackman (unintentionally and intentionally, respectively).

Summary

A promising young doctor is shocked to learn a respected neurologist may be carrying out illegal experiments on homeless patients in a risky attempt to find a cure for paralysis. However, when he decides to take action, he underestimates the danger he is putting himself in. Thriller, starring Hugh Grant, Gene Hackman, Sarah Jessica Parker, David Morse and Bill Nunn.

Cast & Crew

Dr Guy Luthan Hugh Grant
Dr Lawrence Myrick Gene Hackman
Jodie Trammel Sarah Jessica Parker
Frank Hare David Morse
Detective Burke Bill Nunn
Bobby John Toles-Bey
Dr Jeffery Manko Paul Guilfoyle (2)
Dr Judith Gruszynski Debra Monk
Dr Mingus J K Simmons
Hospital lawyer David Cronenberg
Director Michael Apted
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Rank Film Dists LtdGuidance: Violence, swearing and nudity. Available on: video and DVD
Drama