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Inspired by an incredible true story, the CBS Films docudrama portrays one father's desperate quest to save his children from succumbing to a rare life-threatening genetic disorder. Working-class father John Crowley Brendan Fraser is finally on the fast track to corporate success when his two young children, Megan and Patrick, are diagnosed with Pompe disease -- a condition that prevents the body from breaking down sugar. In time, it disables the heart and the muscles, ultimately resulting in death. With the ...
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Inspired by an incredible true story, the CBS Films docudrama portrays one father's desperate quest to save his children from succumbing to a rare life-threatening genetic disorder. Working-class father John Crowley Brendan Fraser is finally on the fast track to corporate success when his two young children, Megan and Patrick, are diagnosed with Pompe disease -- a condition that prevents the body from breaking down sugar. In time, it disables the heart and the muscles, ultimately resulting in death. With the support of his wife, Aileen Keri Russell, John ditches his career and teams with unconventional specialist Dr. Robert Stonehill Harrison Ford to found a bio-tech company and develop a cure in time to save the lives of Megan and Patrick. As Dr. Stonehill works tirelessly to prove the theories that made him the black sheep of the medical community, a powerful bond is forged between the two unlikely allies. Still, their greatest struggle is yet to come.
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Special Features

Go behind the scenes of the uplifting movie with interviews of the cast and the family whose true story inspired the film. ; Deleted scenes
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Extraordinary Measures is an exercise in adapting a meaningful story for the big screen, but it fails in delivering the kind of subtle nuances and poignancy that are needed to elevate this from what feels like a Lifetime/Hallmark Channel/ABC Family made-for-TV movie to a thoughtful big-screen film with top-billing stars. The film follows the efforts of John Brendan Fraser and Aileen Crowley Keri Russell to save their two young children, Megan Meredith Droeger and Patrick Diego Velazquez, who suffer from Pompe disease, a form of muscular dystrophy with no discernible treatment. As the lives of their children hang in the balance, John seeks out Dr. Robert Stonehill Harrison Ford, a brilliant biochemist dreamer renowned for his work in the field with a penchant for playing '60s classic rock in the lab. The two strike up a partnership and form a biotech company in hopes of finding a solution, but navigating the corporate jungle proves difficult, and lack of capital -- not to mention John's temper tantrums and Robert's does-not-work-well-with-others attitude -- threatens the likelihood of a miracle cure. As time runs out for the Crowley kids, John and Robert must put aside their differences to reach the greater goal. Ford -- who not only starred in but served as executive producer for this project -- didn't entirely phone in his performance, but he falls short of the caliber of acting we're used to seeing from an Oscar-nominated actor perhaps not of late, considering Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull; still, he's convincing as the idiosyncratic genius. Brendan Fraser -- who earns top billing -- takes a step back from light-hearted family action movies and delivers a surprisingly effective performance. He deftly switches gears between concerned parent and pragmatic businessman and evokes sympathy for his plight. Likewise, Keri Russell is convincing as the grief-stricken mother forced to put on a brave face for her ailing children, though she's clearly underused and merely serves as sounding board for Fraser's character. There's a definite feel-good quality, and director Tom Vaughan What Happens in Vegas does a decent job of establishing the bond between the members of the Crowley family, and later on, the bond between John and Robert. What's most interesting about Measures is the portion where the men start their biotech firm, but when the film is taken outside the realm of medical procedural for too long, it gets bogged down in sentimentality. Measures, as noted in the opening credits, is inspired by a true story and based on the book The Cure by Geeta Anand, so it's clear that the story is meaningful to those who worked to bring it to the celluloid arena, but writer Robert Nelson Jacobs The Water Horse fails to establish the emotional connection needed to resonate with the audience, and in the end, the film comes across as painfully ordinary.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/2010
  • UPC: 043396335264
  • Original Release: 2010
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:46:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Harrison Ford Dr. Robert Stonehill
Brendan Fraser John Crowley
Keri Russell Aileen Crowly
Courtney Vance Marcus Temple
Meredith Droeger Megan Crowley
Diego Velazquez Patrick Crowley
Sam M. Hall John Crowley Jr.
Patrick Bauchau Eric Loring
Jared Harris Dr. Kent Webber
Alan Ruck Pete Sutphen
David Clennon Dr. Renzler
Dee Wallace Sal
Ayanna Berkshire Wendy Temple
P.J. Byrne Dr. Preston
Andrea White Dr. Allegria
G.J. Echternkamp Niles
Vu Pham Vinh Tran
Derek Webster Cal Dunning
Jana Lee Hamblin Renzler Scientist #1
Shelly Lipkin Senior Scientist
Chris Harder Researcher
Eric Derovanessian Security Officer
Patricia Ferguson Reception Nurse
Jeanette McMahon Day Nurse (Jane)
Brennan Claire Julia
Tra'Renee Chambers Night Nurse (Marcy)
Quigley Provost-Landrum Maria
Kimberly Howard ICU Nurse
Lily Mariye Dr. Waldman
Sherilyn Lawson Day Nurse (Kate)
Eric Martin Reid ICU Doctor
Sharonlee McLean Stonehill's Secretary
Bryce Flint-Somerville Van Driver
Jeanine Jackson Nell Madden
Gavin Bristol Webber's Assistant
Robert Blanche Armed Guard
Olga Sanchez Pediatric Nurse
Chrisse Roccaro Mega Store Cashier
Michael Shamberg Renzler Venture Capitalist #1
John Crowley Renzler Venture Capitalist #2
Christopher Desmond Williams Security Officer #2
Melanie Sanders ICU Nurse #2
Technical Credits
Tom Vaughan Director
Deena Appel Costumes/Costume Designer
Anne V. Coates Editor
Bill Corso Makeup
Andrew Dunn Cinematographer
Harrison Ford Executive Producer
Jordana Glick-Franzheim Associate Producer
Andrea Guerra Score Composer
Derek R. Hill Production Designer
Robert Nelson Jacobs Screenwriter
Nan Morales Executive Producer
Bernie Pollack Costumes/Costume Designer
John Pritchett Sound Mixer
John Richardson Art Director
Lisa Satriano Asst. Director
Michael Shamberg Producer
Carla Santos Shamberg Producer
Kai Shelton Special Effects Supervisor
Stacey Sher Producer
Margery Simkin Casting
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Extraordinary Measures
1. Chapter 1 [3:54]
2. Chapter 2 [5:20]
3. Chapter 3 [4:47]
4. Chapter 4 [3:10]
5. Chapter 5 [6:50]
6. Chapter 6 [4:18]
7. Chapter 7 [2:52]
8. Chapter 8 [3:22]
9. Chapter 9 [4:44]
10. Chapter 10 [3:46]
11. Chapter 11 [2:03]
12. Chapter 12 [5:25]
13. Chapter 13 [3:52]
14. Chapter 14 [3:08]
15. Chapter 15 [3:25]
16. Chapter 16 [4:21]
17. Chapter 17 [1:42]
18. Chapter 18 [4:53]
19. Chapter 19 [2:31]
20. Chapter 20 [2:25]
21. Chapter 21 [2:43]
22. Chapter 22 [3:29]
23. Chapter 23 [5:58]
24. Chapter 24 [3:21]
25. Chapter 25 [2:59]
26. Chapter 26 [2:33]
27. Chapter 27 [2:27]
28. Chapter 28 [5:41]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Extraordinary Measures
   Play Movie
   Subtitles
      English
      English SDH
      Subtitles Off
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Deleted Scenes
         Play All
         John Sees Neighbors Across the Street
         The Fundraiser
         John at the Lab/Aileen and Megan at the Supermarket
         Employees Scurry to Tidy Lab
         Dr. Webber's Reception Area
         John Meets the Dog
         Niles Speaks to Dr. Stonehill
         John Tries to Help Aileen With Costumes
         Aileen Finds John Sewing Costumes
      Meet John Crowley
      Extraordinary Measures: The Power to Overcome
      Previews
         Not the Messiah
         The Young Victoria
         The Back-Up Plan
         Dear John
         By the People: The Election of Barack Obama
         Drop Dead Diva: The Complete First Season
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    one of the best family movies ever

    A great movie showing how a parent's love for their children can make miracles happen.

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