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|Leading Role:||Harrison Ford, Brendan Fraser, Keri Russell, Courtney B. Vance, Diego Velasquez, Meredith Droeger|
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Brendan Fraser (The Mummy) stars as John Crowley a father of two children with Pompe disease (a disease that disables the heart and the muscles and ultimately results in death). But John is not sitting still and letting this happen to his children. He contacts Dr. Robert Stonehill (Harrison Ford) a researcher who is making great strides in developing a treatment for the disease. Together they embark on a journey to develop the treatment in time to save the lives of John's children.
This movie is based on true life events and it is a heartwarming and informative look into the lives of those involved in the development of cures for incurable diseases.
The movie also stars: Keri Russell, Courtney Vance, Meredith Droeger, Diego Velazquez, Sam M. Hall, and Patrick Bauchau.
The real John Crowley also makes a cameo appearance as a venture capitalist.
This movie is recommended for anyone who wants to watch a heartwarming story of survival. Make sure you have some tissues handy as it will tear at your heart.
Buy this one, it will make a great addition to your collection.
Many films that are based on true stories take huge liberties with the facts in order to make the story more dramatic or the characters more likable. I am pleased to report that EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES sticks close to real-life events. The real John Crowley, who has a cameo role in the film and is interviewed in the Special Features, really DID quit his job, give up his comfortable lifestyle, and risk everything to seek a treatment for Pompe disease, which was killing two of his children. Brendan Fraser did an excellent job capturing Crowley's drive and personality. Unfortunately we didn't get to see the real-life scientist, played by Harrison Ford, who develops the Pompe drug. As played by Ford, he is Indiana Jones in a lab, a larger than life figure who says and does what he pleases regardless of what others think. As for the ending, there are no Hollywood-manufactured miracles or tragedies. The people who lived, live; those who died, die; those whose health improved do not dramatically jump out of their wheelchairs. This is the story of a family dealt a difficult hand in life who played it to the best of their abilities and maintained positive attitiudes.
Been a fan of Harrison's for 30 years now. He got an executive producer credit. A first for him.
Was looking forward to seeing the film. Too bad it did not do better at the box office.
Interesting story, they did promote the movie enough when released January 2010.
Harrison’s character is not real likable, his way or the highway. He did do a great job at it, something you would not normally see him do.
Credit for the film were ALL WRONG. Harrison got 2cd billing behind Brendan. Wrong. 1988's "Working Girl" he did a great job & did not get all the screen time but he was top billed so who’s ever decision it was for this film was wrong.
First time I have ever seen a part with Keri Russell. She did a good job.
Story does drag a bit seeing them go through this process of testing, developing tests, etc. Money above helping people.
Good normal extras on the DVD.
OK, I do NOT know what is going on with makers of DVD's. I complain about this EVERY TIME I GET A DVD NOW.
CHEAP, HORRIBLE & NOT SAFE. This DVD has 1 of this new plastic cases with the holes in them. Both front & back have INTENTIONAL HOLES AROUND THE DVD & FROM THE FRONT RIGHT ACROSS FROM THE DVD. This can damage the DVD if something heavy hits it, while shipping, etc.
THESE ARE HORRIBLE & WHOEVER DESIGNED THEM IS A TOTAL IDIOT.
CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAP. DVD designers who do NOT care about their customers or their products.
Plain jane silver DVD, no chapter search list.
We loved this heart warming movie. This movie is based on true life events and it is a heartwarming and informative look into the lives of those involved in the development of cures for incurable diseases. Make sure you have some tissues handy as it will tear at your heart. Very inspiring & touching movie that shows you how far a father will go in order to save his children. Buy this one, it will make a great addition to your collection.
I purchased the DVD Extraordinary Measures because after renting the movie from Netflix,I was compelled to buy it. The most important thing concerning this story is that it is a true one. I commend the family for their steadfast belief that there was a solution to saving their children.