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Director: Barbet Schroeder     Starring: Andy Garcia Michael Keaton
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40094332
UPC: 043396217591
UPC 14: 00043396217591
Rating: Game Rating Code
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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.
Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Dolby Digital (5.1) Surround Sound, English, Subtitled, Spanish, Dubbed & Subtitled, French, Dubbed

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/20/2005
Video Play Time Running Time: 100 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1998
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 21759
Video UPC UPC: 00043396217591
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Janel Maloney
Video Cast Info Donna M. Duffy
Video Cast Info Josh Kemble
Video Cast Info Keith Diamond
Video Cast Info Christine Ashe
Video Cast Info Jack Gill
Video Cast Info Marcia Gay Harden
Video Cast Info Dennis Cockrum
Video Cast Info Tim Kelleher
Video Cast Info Richard Riehle
Video Cast Info John Meier
Video Cast Info Tracey Walter
Video Cast Info Troy Robinson
Video Cast Info Scott Colomby
Video Cast Info Neal Matarazzo
Video Cast Info Joe Drago
Video Cast Info Donna Keegan
Video Cast Info Brian Cox
Video Cast Info Randy Thompson
Video Cast Info Cliff Fleming
Video Cast Info Michael Shamus Wiles
Video Cast Info Norm Howell
Video Cast Info Joseph Cross
Video Cast Info Steve Park
Video Cast Info David Flick
Video Cast Info Erik King
Video Cast Info Eric Tignini
Video Cast Info Dirk Vahle
Video Cast Info Andy Garcia
Video Cast Info Steven Schub
Video Cast Info Billy Kane
Video Cast Info Danny Rogers
Video Cast Info Charles Noland
Video Cast Info Howard Meehan
Video Cast Info Michael Keaton
Video Cast Info Efrain Figueroa
Video Cast Info Darren Pearce
Video Cast Info Craig Hosking
Video Cast Info Scott Waugh
Video Cast Info John Rottger
Video Cast Info Peter Weireter
Video Cast Info Robert Baier
Video Cast Info David Klass - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Barbet Schroeder - Producer
Video Cast Info Geoffrey Kirkland - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Luciano Tovoli - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Susan Hoffman - Producer
Video Cast Info Gary Jones - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Boss Film Studios - Special Effects
Video Cast Info Lee Rich - Producer
Video Cast Info Trevor Jones - Composer
Video Cast Info Gary Foster - Producer
Video Cast Info Lee Percy - Editor
Video Cast Info Barbet Schroeder - Director
Plot 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.

Professional Reviews

Box Office
"...Keaton gives a chilling performance....Garcia is surprisingly convincing....DESPERATE MEASURES' script is intelligently written..." 04/01/1998 p.213
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