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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.

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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 »


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 January 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Medidas Desesperadas See more »

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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Michael Bay was originally set to direct, but pulled out to do The Rock (1996). See more »

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While Frank is leaving the room his son was being treated in after breaking the glass in the door, he pushes on the door frame, causing the door to open slightly. This wouldn't happen if he only smashed the glass. See more »

Quotes

Peter McCabe: You have to appreciate the irony. After all these years of being locked up, I'm given the opportunity to kill again. A cop's kid, too, and all I have to do is sit right here.
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References History of the World: Part I (1981) See more »

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High Marks For Suspense
2 May 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Here's an underrated suspense movie that's good. It's "good" in that fact it delivers what it promises: suspense. I'm sure there are a number of holes in this far-fetched tale but it's fun to watch nevertheless.

Michael Keaton is almost mesmerizing in his role as the sick killer. There is some decent action in here, too, but suspense is the name of this game. Once you've started in, it's very difficult to put down. Andy Garcia and Marcia Gay Hayden turn in solid performances as well.

It was nice to see a tough-but-loving father (Garcia) go to any lengths to save his kid. Speaking of the kid (Joseph Cross), they show this very little soft-spoken boy that is trying be saved and all of sudden he says the word "a-hole." What is the purpose of inserting that? Only in the world of film.


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