Extraordinary Measures

January 22nd 2010
  • Drama,
  • PG,
  • 105 min,
  • Other
  • Cast: Harrison Ford, Brendan Fraser, Keri Russell, Courtney B. Vance, Jared Harris, Patrick Bauchau, Dee Wallace, Gavin Bristol, Ayanna Berkshire, Lily Mariye, P.J. Byrne, Meredith Droeger, Jeanine Jackson, G.J. Echternkamp, Robert Blanche, Diego Velazquez, Jana Lee Hamblin, Brennan Claire, Landon Brooks, Sam Hall, Jeanette McMahon, Peter Young, Sharonlee McLean
  • Director: Tom Vaughan
  • Writer: Robert Nelson Jacobs
  • Producers: Carla Santos Shamberg, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher
  • Associate Producers: Jordana Glick-Franzheim, Josh Rothstein
  • Executive Producers: Harrison Ford, Nan Morales
  • Art Direction: John Richardson
  • Castings: Margery Simkin, Lana Veenker
  • Costume Design: Deena Appel
  • D.O.P.: Andrew Dunn
  • Editor: Anne V. Coates
  • Makeup: Whitney James
  • Music: Andrea Guerra
  • Production Design: Derek R. Hill
  • Set Decoration: Denise Pizzini


In the tradition of great inspirational dramas like the Academy Award nominated film "Erin Brockovich" and "The Pursuit of Happyness," "Extraordinary Measures" is inspired by the true story of John Crowley, a man who defied conventional wisdom and great odds, and risked his family's future to pursue a cure for his children's life threatening disease.

From his working class roots, John Crowley (Brendan Fraser) has finally begun to taste success in corporate America. Supported by his beautiful wife Aileen (Keri Russell) and their three children, John is on the fast track. But just as his career is taking off, Crowley walks away from it all when his two youngest children, Megan and Patrick, are diagnosed with a fatal disease. With Aileen by his side, harnessing all of his skill and determination, Crowley teams up with a brilliant, but unappreciated and unconventional scientist, Dr. Robert Stonehill (Harrison Ford).

Together they form a bio-tech company focused on developing a life-saving drug. One driven to prove himself and his theories, the other by a chance to save his children, this unlikely alliance eventually develops into mutual respect as they battle the medical and business establishments in a fight against the system – and time.

But, at the last minute, when it appears that a solution has been found, the relationship between the two men faces a final test - the outcome of which will affect the fate of John's children.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: Portland, USA; Vancouver, Canada
  • MPAA Warning: Thematic material, language and a mild suggestive moment
  • Production Budget: $31 million
  • Production Companies: CBS Films, Double Feature Films
  • Production Schedule: 6 April 2009 - June 2009

Featured Articles


The screenplay by Robert Nelson Jacobs is based on Geeta Anand's Pulitzer-winning book "The Cure".

2010 Guide Analysis: "The debut theatrical release of CBS Films sounds like a more hi-tech version of "Lorenzo's Oil" as one father bucks the medical system and develops his own treatment for his long-suffering child. Robert Nelson Jacobs adapted the screenplay and has made a habit out of adapting acclaimed books like "Chocolat," "The Shipping News" and "The Water Horse". Director Tom Vaughan though is a more mixed bag with his two previous features being the great "Starter for 10" and the god awful "What Happens in Vegas".

The January release date is a little unnerving, as is the trailer which looks too much like a rather feel-good sanitised melodrama (ie. "The Pursuit of Happyness") than a well-written anti-establishment crusading piece (ie. "Erin Brockovich"). It's also going for the sick kid tear-jerker angle that Hollywood too often brazenly exploits for revenue under the guise of being a 'message movie'."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 26 February 2010: UK
  • 3 March 2010: Egypt
  • 11 March 2010: Germany
  • 12 March 2010: Romania
  • 17 March 2010: France
  • 19 March 2010: India
  • 24 March 2010: Belgium
  • 25 March 2010: Argentina, Chile
  • 26 March 2010: Poland, Spain
  • 9 April 2010: Sweden
  • 16 April 2010: Finland, Norway, South Africa
  • 23 April 2010: Italy
  • 29 April 2010: Australia, Portugal
  • 13 May 2010: Netherlands
  • 20 May 2010: Singapore