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Extraordinary Measures

106 min
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Tom Vaughan
Country: USA
Release Date: 2010-01-22
Filming Locations: Alameda, Portland, Oregon, USA
Budget: $31,000,000
Opening Weekend: $6,012,594 (USA) (24 January 2010)
Gross: $11,854,694 (USA) (7 February 2010)
Meredith Droeger
Meredith Droeger
Extraordinary Measures
Diego Velazquez
Diego Velazquez
Extraordinary Measures
Brendan Fraser
John Crowley
Harrison Ford
Dr. Stonehill
Keri Russell
Aileen Crowley
Sam M. Hall
John Crowley, Jr.
Jared Harris
Dr. Kent Webber
Patrick Bauchau
CEO Erich Loring
Alan Ruck
Pete Sutphen
Dee Wallace
Courtney B. Vance
Marcus Temple
Ayanna Berkshire
Wendy Temple
P.J. Byrne
Dr. Preston
Andrea White
Dr. Allegria
G.J. Echternkamp
Vu Pham
Vinh Tran
Derek Webster
Cal Dunning
Jana Lee Hamblin
Renzler Scientist #1
Shelly Lipkin
Senior Scientist
Christopher D. Harder
Researcher (as Chris Harder)
Eric Derovanessian
Security Officer
Patricia Ferguson
Reception Nurse
Jeanette McMahon
Day Nurse (Jane)
Brennan Claire
Tra'Renee Chambers
Night Nurse (Marcy)
Quigley Provost-Landrum
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-Sommerville
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
Aaron Gregory Austin
Extra (uncredited)
Constance Best
Cocktail Friend (uncredited)
Derek R. Brigham
Waiter (uncredited)
Suzanne Brownlow
Zymagen Employee (uncredited)
Breighana Campion
Business Person (uncredited)
Douglas Elia
Bar Patron (uncredited)
Kirsten Foe
Woman in park (uncredited)
Jeff Hammond
Priozyme Scientist (uncredited)
Joseph James
Seth (uncredited)
Wilson Kaine
Extra (uncredited)
John R. Lewis
Zymagen Employee (uncredited)
Joseph Marsh
Hospital Kid (uncredited)
Katie Marsh
Rollerskating / Carnival Kid (uncredited)
Betty Moyer
Real Estate Agent (uncredited)
Belle Suzanne Raymond
Extra (uncredited)
John Rowe
Lab Scientist (uncredited)
Mark Stoecklein
Business Man (uncredited)
Josh Turner
Street Walker (uncredited)
Did you know?
John Crowley:  The real John Crowley has a cameo in the film as "Renzler Venture Capitalist #2".
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This is his first film since Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) where Harrison Ford has not had his name first in the credits.
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P.J. Byrne, who plays Dr. Preston, has a cousin in real life that is treating the Crowley children at St. Peter's University Hospital in New Jersey.
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When John Crowley first meets Dr. Stonehill in Nebraska, he said that the Dr. had hung up on him the day before yesterday, but goes on to say that his daughter had almost died last week. That is backwards from the earlier scenes, as the daughter was in the hospital after his call.
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When Patrick Crowley is throwing food to ducks at the lake, he laughs and reveals that he is missing two milky central incisors. At the end of the movie when he is in the hospital taking his medicine, he laughs again revealing that he is missing only one milky central incisor instead of two - the last scene of the movie was filmed before the first.
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Stonehill puts up a sign that says "KEEP YOUR DAMN FOOD AND DRINK OUT OF MY REFRIDGERATOR!" (with "refrigerator" misspelled).
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Dr. Preston: Now look, she is still a very sick girl, obviously, but her vital signs have improved and I'm cautiously optimistic.
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Aileen Crowley: If you kill your brother, you cannot have your party.
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What is Pompe's disease?
Pompe's disease, also known as Glycogen storage disease or acid maltase deficiency, affects the muscle and nerve cells of the body by an accumulation of glycogen (the way that body energy is stored) which cannot be broken down.
How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Extraordinary Measures can be found here.
What is the life expectancy of a Pompe patient in real life?
The film doesn't really explain this but there are two types of Pompe's disease, infantile and late onset. The infantile means they are so deficient in the needed enzyme that they would usually die within a year or two (due to enlarged hearts, among other things) unless given the drug myozyme, which has kept these babies alive much longer. The life expectancy of these infantile patients is unknown since the drug only came out a few years ago. Late onset Pompe disease means that the patient has enough enzyme to live until muscle weakness and waste starts at a later stage ranging from the ages of 2-70. With the drug and a special diet and exercise, they can live a normal amount. In real life, most children with Pompe die before age 2, and those in the story were 15 months and 7 days old when they got sick, and 5 and 4 years old when they began treatment. With children that young, the drama would have focused on the parents. By making Megan Crowley a wise and cheerful 9-year old, Extraordinary Measures improves her as a story element.
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Photos from cast
David Clennon Meredith Droeger Diego Velazquez