Desperate Measures

Desperate Measures

Director: Barbet Schroeder Cast: Michael Keaton, Andy Garcia, Brian Cox


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Although he enjoyed great critical success with crime dramas and slice-of-life pictures, director Barbet Schroeder continued dabbling in the thriller genre with this action-oriented film. Andy Garcia stars as Frank Conner, a widowed San Francisco police officer whose young son Matt (Joseph Cross) is suffering from leukemia. Without a bone marrow transplant, Matt will die, but Frank isn't a donor. In fact, the only potential match is prison inmate Peter McCabe (Michael Keaton), a psychotic but charming serial killer. At first, McCabe refused to participate despite Conner's pleas, but eventually, the convict relents and agrees to the procedure. It is all a ruse, however, as McCabe has discovered a clever way to escape the confines of the operating room where Matt's oncologist, Dr. Hawkins (Marcia Gay Harden) is scheduled to perform the transplant. Faced with the dual nightmare of his son's deteriorating condition and a mass murderer on the loose in a major metropolitan hospital, the frantic Conner finds himself bending and even breaking the law to bring McCabe down and save Matt's life.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/20/2013
UPC: 0014381860726
Original Release: 1998
Rating: R
Source: Image Entertainment
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:41:00
Sales rank: 1,337

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Keaton Peter McCabe
Andy Garcia Frank Conner
Brian Cox Jeremiah Cassidy
Marcia Gay Harden Samantha Hawkins
Erik King Nate Oliver
Joseph Cross Matthew Conner
Efrain Figueroa Vargus
Janel Maloney Sarah Davis
Richard Riehle Ed Fayne

Technical Credits
Barbet Schroeder Director,Producer
Jeffrey Chernov Executive Producer
Howard Feuer Casting
Gary Foster Producer
Sandy Getzler Art Director
James M. Halty Stunts
Geoffrey Hansen Asst. Director
Susan Hoffman Producer
Trevor Jones Score Composer
Gary Jones Costumes/Costume Designer
Geoffrey Kirkland Production Designer
David Klass Screenwriter
Steve Nelson Sound/Sound Designer
Lee Percy Editor
Lee Rich Producer
Josie Rosen Co-producer
Luciano Tovoli Cinematographer
Jennifer Williams Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Desperate Measures
1. Start [5:24]
2. Peter J. McCabe [2:18]
3. A Compatible Donor [5:59]
4. Matt [4:05]
5. Uncle Pete [4:06]
6. Dislocated Thumb [2:12]
7. Anti-Drug Request [:49]
8. Library Request [1:23]
9. Hospital Tour [:33]
10. Human Storage [5:27]
11. Prepping the Donor [3:11]
12. Out [3:07]
13. The Blood Trail [2:13]
14. ER Stand-Off [6:55]
15. In Matt's Room [2:34]
16. Emergency Entrance [1:54]
17. Tanked [1:25]
18. Blowing the Power [4:18]
19. Atop the Walkway [1:33]
20. Sulfuric Acid Hypo [2:35]
21. Lock Down [5:01]
22. "I Just Shot a Rat." [5:37]
23. Blowing the Walkway [2:01]
24. Ward Room [3:00]
25. Down to the Morgue [7:31]
26. Pickup Pursuit [4:50]
27. On the Bridge [3:43]
28. Redemption [6:50]

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