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Desperate Measures | 1998 | R | - 1.8.6

A policeman's son is in need of a bone marrow transplant, and an escaped con is the only match. With Andy Garcia and Michael Keaton.

SEX/NUDITY 1 - Sexual innuendo and threats.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - A man breaks his own finger. A man is shot in the leg and we see the very bloody wound. A man stitches his wounded leg. Several people are set on fire. People are threatened with a scalpel. Several people are shot and some are killed. A man is shot in the head and blood spurts out of the wound. Morgue shots show organs and body parts in jars. Pictures of murder victims are shown briefly. Several people are punched and knocked around with heavy objects. A man crashes through glass on a motorcycle. A man is threatened with a needle full of acid. Cars are crushed by falling debris. A helicopter is fired upon. A man is shown with a burned face. A couple of explosions.


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LANGUAGE 6 - About 20 F-words, a handful of scatological terms, a few anatomical references and several mild obscenities and insults.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Terminal illness, medical treatments, psychotic behavior, desperation.

MESSAGE - A parent can go to extreme and unwaranted ends to find a cure for his child.

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