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Extraordinary Measures (2010)

PG | | Drama | 22 January 2010 (USA)
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A drama centered on the efforts of John and Aileen Crowley to find a researcher who might have a cure for their two children's rare genetic disorder.

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Tom Vaughan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brendan Fraser ... John Crowley
Harrison Ford ... Dr. Stonehill
Keri Russell ... Aileen Crowley
Meredith Droeger ... Megan Crowley
Diego Velazquez ... Patrick Crowley
Sam M. Hall ... John Crowley, Jr.
Jared Harris ... Dr. Kent Webber
Patrick Bauchau ... CEO Erich Loring
Alan Ruck ... Pete Sutphen
David Clennon ... Dr. Renzler
Dee Wallace ... Sal
Courtney B. Vance ... Marcus Temple
Ayanna Berkshire ... Wendy Temple
P.J. Byrne ... Dr. Preston
Andrea White Andrea White ... Dr. Allegria
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Storyline

A Portland couple have two children with Pompe disease, a genetic anomaly that kills most before a child's tenth birthday. The husband, John, an advertising executive, contacts Robert Stonehill, a researcher in Nebraska who has done innovative research for an enzyme treatment. He has little money to fund his laboratory, and a thorny personality that drives away colleagues and funders. John and his wife Aileen raise money to help Stonehill's research and the required clinical trials. John takes on the task full time, working with venture capitalists and then rival teams of researchers. Time is running short, Stonehill's angry outburst hinder the company's faith in him, and the profit motive may upend John's hopes. The researchers race against time for the children who have the disease. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

Don't hope for a miracle. Make one.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material, language and a mild suggestive moment | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Untitled Crowley Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Alameda, Portland, Oregon, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,012,594, 24 January 2010

Gross USA:

$12,068,313

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,134,293
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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The story of the real John Crowley himself is very interesting. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy, and has degrees from Georgetown University, Notre Dame, and Harvard Business School. Crowley has dedicated his life to work in the health field, and seeking remedies for rare diseases. He co-founded a biotech company that he heads as of 2018. His charitable and philanthropic work is widespread. He has served on the national board of directors of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America since 2009, and became its national chairman in 2014. See more »

Goofs

Just after John Crowley reaches into the cabinet and picks up a vial of medicine, a security guard shouts at him to freeze. John turns and sees the guard with a gun aimed at him. He puts his hands up, but there is no vial of medicine in either hand. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Robert Stonehill: I ALREADY WORK AROUND THE CLOCK!
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Connections

Featured in Live from Studio Five: Episode #1.111 (2010) See more »

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Come Take a Trip in My Airship
Written by George Evans and Ren Shields
Courtesy of Carlisle Music Co./Paul Eakins' Gay 90's Village
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User Reviews

 
This movie shows the lengths good parents will go for their children.
31 January 2010 | by mwendel1See all my reviews

One of the most underrated films of the year. Clearly this movie was too intellectual for the general public. Well acted, well directed and with a very powerful message. The movie shows to what lenghts good parents will go for their children. It also reveals the difficulty in placing a new well needed drug with the FDA. The message this movie reveals is the priority of costs by drug companies over the health concerns of individuals and families affected by rare diseases. Both Bryandon Frasier and Harrison Ford deliver powerful performances in this film. Its refreshing to watch a film and not have to sit thought the typical car chase or shoot-out.


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