- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 40 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: August 20, 2013
- Originally Released: 1998
- Label: Image Entertainment
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, French, Spanish
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French, Spanish
- Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Box Office - 04/01/1998
"...Keaton gives a chilling performance....Garcia is surprisingly convincing....DESPERATE MEASURES' script is intelligently written..."
Widowed police officer Frank Conner (Andy Garcia) has a cancer-stricken nine-year-old son, Matthew (Joseph Cross), whose only hope for survival is a bone-marrow transplant, but the only matching donor is Pete McCabe (Michael Keaton), a vicious, psychotic killer being held in a maximum-security prison. McCabe at first denies Conner's request for help but then agrees, devising an elaborate plan to use the medical procedure as an opportunity to escape. McCabe breaks loose before the transfusion can occur, and Conner is forced to become both his tracker and his ally, wanting to bring the serial killer back into custody but determined--for the sake of his son--to keep McCabe alive.
Keaton is chilling as the vicious, brilliant convict, while Garcia turns in a heartfelt performance as a devoted father caught in the middle of a bad situation getting worse. With DESPERATE MEASURES, director Barbet Schroeder (REVERSAL OF FORTUNE), renowned for his knack of combining urgent family drama with white-knuckle suspense, adds another crowd-pleasing, thought-provoking film to his list of successes.
A San Francisco cop has a problem: His son is gravely ill and the only matching bone marrow donor is a convicted psychotic serial killer. When the murderer escapes, the officer has a choice of joining the lynch mob to hunt him down or trying to protect him in the hope of keeping his son alive.
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