Extraordinary Measures

Directed By: John G. Avildsen Starring: John Belushi Dan Aykroyd

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Inspired by a true story, this drama is centered on the efforts of john and aileen crowley to find a researcher who might have a cure for their two childrens rare genetic disorder.


Studio Sony
SKU 214974592
UPC 043396335264
UPC 14 00043396335264
Format DVD
Release Date 1/17/2012
Rating Rating
Black Comedy
Cult Film
Family Interaction
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Director John G. Avildsen's dark satire stars John Belushi as Earl Keese, a mild-mannered suburban guy who lives a regular, straitlaced life with his wife, Enid (Kathryn Walker), while their daughter (Lauren Marie Taylor) is away at boarding school. The Keeses' quiet life is turned upside down, however, when their new neighbors move in next door. Vic (Dan Aykroyd) is a bleached blonde, leisure-suit-wearing motormouth whose wife, Ramona (Cathy Moriarty), is a kinky sexpot. When Ramona attempts to seduce Earl and then claims that he attempted to seduce her, this wild comedy takes off with bizarre and outrageous results. Finding that the newcomers are taking control of their mundane lives, the suburbanites resist the influence at first, but gradually the boring pair begins to enjoy the excitement created by the aggressive neighbors. Earl becomes so inspired by the nutty couple that he starts to relish their zest for life and is willing to make changes in his own life to capture their quirky zeal. Belushi expands his comic repetoire by playing the straight man off the wild and crazy Aykroyd, the dynamic pair once again igniting the screen in this mischevious comedy.
Plot Summary
Summary A peaceful suburbanite and his wife find their lives turned upside down when wacky new neighbors move in next door and proceed to wreak havoc on their lives.
Variety "...Fun....A mere sideways glance between the two conjures up countless funny moments of the past..." 12/16/1981
New York Times "...Casting [Aykroyd and Belushi] in the film version was a good idea....Walker makes Enid a dryly captivating character..." 12/18/1981 p.C19
John G. Avildsen
John Belushi
Dan Aykroyd
Cast & Crew
John Belushi - Star
Kathryn Walker - Star
Dan Aykroyd - Star
Cathy Moriarty - Star
David Brown - Producer
John G. Avildsen - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1981
Catalog ID 3352
UPC 00043396335264
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 95 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
ReviewSource Entertainment Weekly
Review Extraordinary Measures is hardly an extraordinary movie. In fact, it's hard to believe that this schmaltzy film found its home on the big screen rather than the Hallmark Channel. But I dare you not to feel something at its conclusion. Just consider the material: Fed up with doctors prescribing a death sentence for his two children -- who suffer from the rare and fatal Pompe disease -- a proactive businessman (Brendan Fraser) teams up with a temperamental scientist (Harrison Ford) to develop a life-saving drug. The duo hit plenty of roadblocks along the way (lack of funding, power struggles, etc.), and spend much of the film in conference rooms discussing enzymes -- unfortunately, not the most moviegoer-friendly fare. The leading men deserve far better than the ho-hum material they're given (try not to cringe as Ford delivers the oddly placed line, ''I'm gonna go take a crap''). But Fraser works so hard playing a devoted dad, it's damn hard not to root for him.
Reviewer Kate Ward
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Pete Hammond, Boxoffice Magazine Harrison Ford is at the top of his game in this remarkable film.
Wesley Morris, Boston Globe The screenplay by Robert Nelson Jacobs affirms life and jerks tears with welcome degrees of humor and muscle.

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