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Desperate Measures (Full Screen) (Bilingual)

3.9 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Michael Keaton, Andy Garcia, Brian Cox, Marcia Gay Harden, Erik King
  • Directors: Barbet Schroeder
  • Writers: David Klass
  • Producers: Barbet Schroeder, Gary Foster, Jeffrey Chernov, Josie Rosen, Lee Rich
  • Format: NTSC, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Letterboxed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: May 26 1998
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 0767812743
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #82,048 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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Michael Keaton and Andy Garcia go head to head in this riveting thriller about a cop forced to protect a vicious killer. It's computer and solicit the help of a ruthless killer (Keaton). But when the killer escapes from the prison hospital, leaving scorched bodies in his wake, Frank must endanger innocent people or kill the only man who can save his son.


Call it "Desperate Movie," because this ludicrous thriller deteriorates into unintentional comedy. For reasons that are never explained, a sociopathic killer (Michael Keaton) is the only available bone marrow donor for the cancer-stricken son of a San Francisco cop (Andy Garcia), who must capture the killer alive after a laughable escape in a labyrinthine hospital. The ensuing manhunt relies on plentiful plot holes and ridiculous shortcuts (like Keaton's use of a surgical laser to cut leg irons, or accessing hospital schematics from a prison computer). Self-consciously shot in film noir style, the cat-and-mouse routine leads to a briefly impressive car chase, but the premise (which even the movie's original press notes described as "intriguing, if unlikely") is based on "moral ambiguity" that doesn't translate from script to screen. Instead of forcing Keaton's typically "sick genius" to prove his ingenuity, the film pits him against a squad of cops who couldn't find a beer in a crowded pub. --Jeff Shannon

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