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Desperate Measures (1998)

Frank Conner is an honest police officer who desperately needs to save his son's life. However, after losing all hope, he finds out that a criminal Peter McCabe in jail is his only savior.

Director:

Barbet Schroeder

Writer:

David Klass
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Keaton ... Peter McCabe
Andy Garcia ... Frank Conner
Brian Cox ... Captain Jeremiah Cassidy
Marcia Gay Harden ... Dr. Samantha Hawkins
Erik King ... Nate Oliver
Efrain Figueroa ... Vargas
Joseph Cross ... Matthew Conner
Janel Moloney ... Sarah Davis
Richard Riehle ... Ed Fayne
Tracey Walter ... Medical Inmate
Peter Weireter Peter Weireter ... SWAT Team Commander
Keith Diamond ... Derrick Wilson
Steve Park ... Dr. Gosha
Steven Schub ... SWAT in Airduct
Neal Matarazzo ... Cell Guard
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Storyline

San Francisco police officer Frank Connor is in a frantic search for a compatible bone marrow donor for his gravely ill son. There's only one catch: the potential donor is convicted multiple murderer Peter McCabe who sees a trip to the hospital as the perfect opportunity to get what he wants most: freedom. With McCabe's escape, the entire hospital becomes a battleground and Connor must pursue and, ironically, protect the deadly fugitive who is his son's only hope for survival. Written by Sony Pictures (with permission)

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Detective Frank Connor is forced to choose between the badge he wears and the son he loves... no contest. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

A lot of this film was shot in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh is Michael Keaton's hometown. See more »

Goofs

The liquid cyclopropane, in addition to not being able to be dispensed in the way showed, is no longer used in hospitals. Also, if it were in the hospital for some storage purpose, the containers are bright orange. See more »

Quotes

Captain Jeremiah Cassidy: How many people are going to have to die here tonight so that kid of yours can live?
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Connections

Remade as Jung (2000) See more »

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PROUD MARY
Written by John Fogerty (as John C. Fogerty)
Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival
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Looking for bone marrow. Maybe a brain as well.
9 March 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Barbet Schroeder doesn't fare well in this directorial attempt. "Desperate Measures" is a film that has been seen in other forms before, better made. The screen play by David Klass doesn't make sense at all.

With that out of the way, this hospital thriller is fun to watch because of the intensity of both lead men performances. Michael Keaton, the bad guy in this film, shows an evil side not found in any of his performances before. He is equally matched by Andy Garcia, not one of our favorite actors. Mr. Garcia tends to shout and get incomprehensible at the most dramatic moments.

The last sequences of the film pack a lot of action, and once we have settled back to accept the silliness of the whole thing, we go for the ride. The chase and bridge scenes are staged well; they'll keep the viewer glued to the screen.

Watch Michael Keaton as we haven't seen him before.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 January 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Québec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,833,412, 1 February 1998

Gross USA:

$13,806,137

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,806,137
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Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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