Extreme Measures (1996)

118m, 3317 metres
35mm film, Panavision (anamorphic), Technicolor, 2.35:1
Dolby Digital, SDDS, English

An American horror film directed by Michael Apted.


New York hospital doctor Guy Luthan begins to investigate the mysterious disappearance of the body of a man who died on the operating table. He discovers that surgeon Dr Lawrence Myrick is somehow involved, but the true nature of the mystery is far more horrific than Luthan could ever have imagined.


Director: Michael Apted
Simian Films
Executive Producer: Andrew Scheinman
Producer: Elizabeth Hurley
Co-Producer: Chris Brigham
Associate Producer: Jeanney Kim
Script: Tony Gilroy
Novel: Michael Palmer
Director of Photography: John Bailey
Editor: Rick Shaine
Music: Danny Elfman
Sound Recordists: Brad Biggart, Matt Patterson
Costume Designer: Susan Lyall
Key Make-up: Donald J. Mowat
Key Hair: Mary Lou Green
Prosthetics Designer: Gordon J. Smith
Special Effects Supervisor: Michael Kavanagh
Visual Effects: Computer Film Company
Production Designer: Doug Kraner

Hugh Grant (Dr Guy Luthan)
Gene Hackman (Dr Lawrence Myrick)
Sarah Jessica Parker (Jodie Trammel)
David Morse (Frank Hare)
Bill Nunn (Detective Burke)
John Toles-Bey (Bobby)
Paul Guilfoyle (Dr Jeffrey Manko)
Debra Monk (Dr Judith Gruszynski)
Shaun Austin-Olsen (Claude Minkins)
André De Shields (Teddy Dolson)
J.K. Simmons (Doctor Mingus)
Peter Appel (Detective Stone)
Diana Zimmer (Helen)
Nancy Beatty (Ruth Myrick)
Gerry Becker (Dr Gene Spitelli)
Gene Ruffini (Izzy)
Bill MacDonald (Stone's partner)
D. Garnet Harding, Simon Reynolds, Derwin Jordan, Tara Rosling, Martin Roach, Bernard Browne, Sanjay Talwar (ER )
Christina Collins, Arlene Duncan, Cheryl Swarts (ER nurses)
Peter Maloney (Mr Randall)
Johnie Chase (cop)

Alternative Titles

Äärirajat – Finland
Äärirajoilla – Finland
Al cruzar el lÍmite – Spain
Bakom stängda dörrar – Sweden
Body Bunk – Japan
Extrem… mit allen Mitteln – Austrian/Germany
Extreme Measures – Soluzioni estreme – Italy
Extreme metoder – Denmark
Halálos terápia – Hungary
Krytyczna terapia – Poland
Medidas Extremas – Portugese title
Medidas extremas – Venezuela
Mesures d'urgence – France
Mesures extrêmes – Canada (French)

See also
Coma (1978)

Includes extracts from
The Huckleberry Hound Show (1958)



  • cinema 19 December 1996 – review (by Carolin Streck)
  • Empire February 1997 p.29 – review (by Owain Yolland)
  • Film Review February 1997 p.21 – review (by Judy Sloane)
  • Imágenes February 1997 p.119 – review (by Antonio Jose Navarro)
  • Studio February 1997 p.19 – review (by Juliette Michaud)
  • Total Film February 1997 p.88 – review (by Dean Evans)


  • Diario de Noticias, Programas 9 May 1997 – review (by Joao Antunes)
  • Expresso, Cartaz 10 May 1997 – review (by Manuel Cintra Ferreira)