Extraordinary Measures: The Power to Overcome (2010)

| Short | 2010 (USA)
A documentary short that's a cut above the usual behind the scenes and background films about the making of a movie.


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Credited cast:
Aileen Crowley Aileen Crowley ... Herself (interviewed)
John Crowley John Crowley ... Himself (interviewed)
Harrison Ford ... Himself
Brendan Fraser ... Himself
Keri Russell ... Herself
Carl Santos Shamberg Carl Santos Shamberg ... Herself / Producer (intervieed)
Michael Shamberg ... Himself / Producer (interviewed)
Stacey Sher ... Herself / Producer (interviewed)
Tom Vaughn Tom Vaughn ... Himself / Director (interviwed)


A documentary short that's a cut above the usual behind the scenes and background films about the making of a movie.

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The story of John Crowley himself is very interesting. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy, earned a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, then a law degree from the University of Notre Dame, and lastly, a master's degree from Harvard Business School. Crowley has dedicated his life to seeking remedies for rare diseases and working in the health field. 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, and became its national chairman in 2014. See more »

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A look at the real people and those who tell their story
16 July 2018 | by SimonJackSee all my reviews

"Extraordinary Measures: The Power to Overcome" is a documentary short made by CBS Films to go with the DVD of the movie, "Extraordinary Measures." The movie tells about John and Aileen Crowley and their efforts to find a medical means to save the lives of their children. A daughter, Megan, and son, Patrick, both suffered from a genetic disorder, Pompe disease.

This documentary has interviews with the Crowleys, the director and producers of the movie, and the main cast of the film. It has behind the scenes film clips taken when the Crowleys visited the set of the movie as it was being made in 2009. Of their set visit with the children, Crowley says, "They get it, and they're really excited."

The director, Tom Vaughn, says of the movie, "Simply, it's a story about hope. About a family who don't lose hope. And that all comes from the real Crowley family."

Harrison Ford plays one of the leads in the movie, Dr. Stonehill. He's a fictitious character who is an amalgam of some other people in the true Crowley story. Ford also was executive producer of the movie. Of John Crowley, Ford says, "John is a remarkable person. It's the power of his love for his kids, and his ability to move other people to join him.'

Brendan Fraser, who plays Crowley in the movie, says, "John's the kind of guy who says 'No' is not acceptable. I'm gonna find a way to turn 'No' into a 'maybe,' and then 'maybe' into 'yes.'"

Producer Michael Shamberg tells about Harrison Ford's dedication to the story and the film. Shamberg says, "He's rewritten the scientific language so it's completely accurate, and he will sound to real scientists like a real scientist. That's how methodical and serious an actor he is."

This documentary short is a cut above the usual behind the scenes and background films about the making of a movie. The visit of true story members to the set during shooting adds much to it. And the comparison of the film with some of the real details makes it more interesting than most such shorts.

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