Desperate Measures

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awesome movie

by steve on 8/12/2011

great part for keaton

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Two powerful stars go head-to-head in this intriguing thriller about a cop who must protect a murderer in order to save his dying son. Scorching suspense and keaton's high-octane performance make for a killer combination.


Studio Sony
SKU 40094332
UPC 043396217591
UPC 14 00043396217591
Format DVD
Release Date 9/20/2005
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Editors Note
Note Widowed police officer Frank Conner (Andy Garcia) has a cancer-stricken nine-year-old son, Matthew (Joseph Cross), whose only hope for survival is a bone-marrow transplant, but the only matching donor is Pete McCabe (Michael Keaton), a vicious, psychotic killer being held in a maximum-security prison. McCabe at first denies Conner's request for help but then agrees, devising an elaborate plan to use the medical procedure as an opportunity to escape. McCabe breaks loose before the transfusion can occur, and Conner is forced to become both his tracker and his ally, wanting to bring the serial killer back into custody but determined--for the sake of his son--to keep McCabe alive. ^Keaton is chilling as the vicious, brilliant convict, while Garcia turns in a heartfelt performance as a devoted father caught in the middle of a bad situation getting worse. With DESPERATE MEASURES, director Barbet Schroeder (REVERSAL OF FORTUNE), renowned for his knack of combining urgent family drama with white-knuckle suspense, adds another crowd-pleasing, thought-provoking film to his list of successes.
Plot Summary
Summary A San Francisco cop has a problem: His son is gravely ill and the only matching bone marrow donor is a convicted psychotic serial killer. When the murderer escapes, the officer has a choice of joining the lynch mob to hunt him down or trying to protect him in the hope of keeping his son alive.
Box Office "...Keaton gives a chilling performance....Garcia is surprisingly convincing....DESPERATE MEASURES' script is intelligently written..." 04/01/1998 p.213
Andy Garcia
Michael Keaton
Name Barbet Schroeder
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Cast & Crew
Janel Maloney - Star
Donna M. Duffy - Star
Josh Kemble - Star
Keith Diamond - Star
Christine Ashe - Star
Jack Gill - Star
Marcia Gay Harden - Star
Dennis Cockrum - Star
Tim Kelleher - Star
Richard Riehle - Star
John Meier - Star
Tracey Walter - Star
Troy Robinson - Star
Scott Colomby - Star
Neal Matarazzo - Star
Joe Drago - Star
Donna Keegan - Star
Brian Cox - Star
Randy Thompson - Star
Cliff Fleming - Star
Michael Shamus Wiles - Star
Norm Howell - Star
Joseph Cross - Star
Steve Park - Star
David Flick - Star
Erik King - Star
Eric Tignini - Star
Dirk Vahle - Star
Andy Garcia - Star
Steven Schub - Star
Billy Kane - Star
Danny Rogers - Star
Charles Noland - Star
Howard Meehan - Star
Michael Keaton - Star
Efrain Figueroa - Star
Darren Pearce - Star
Craig Hosking - Star
Scott Waugh - Star
John Rottger - Star
Peter Weireter - Star
Robert Baier - Star
David Klass - Screenwriter
Barbet Schroeder - Producer
Geoffrey Kirkland - Production Designer
Luciano Tovoli - Director of Photography
Susan Hoffman - Producer
Gary Jones - Costume Designer
Boss Film Studios - Special Effects
Lee Rich - Producer
Trevor Jones - Composer
Gary Foster - Producer
Lee Percy - Editor
Barbet Schroeder - Director
Technical Info
Catalog ID 21759
UPC 00043396217591
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 100 minutes
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Dolby Digital (5.1) Surround Sound, English, Subtitled, Spanish, Dubbed & Subtitled, French, Dubbed

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awesome movie by steve on Aug 12, 2011