Desperate Measures

Desperate Measures is a film about Frank, a police detective, and the limits he will go to in order to save his dying son's life. Mat, Frank's son, has leukemia and is need of a bone marrow transplant. The only donor match is Peter McCabe, a convicted murderer.

  • Starring: Michael Keaton and Andy Garcia
  • Director(s): Barbet Schroeder
  • Producer(s): Mandalay Pictures
  • Distributor: TriStar Pictures
  • Animal Coordinator: Unknown
  • Release Date: Friday, January 16, 1998

Featured Animal Action

There is a scene outside the emergency room where two guards, with leashed police dogs, are on watch while McCabe is unloaded from the police vehicle. Before entering the emergency wing, the guards instruct the dogs to "get the scent". McCabe hisses at the dogs and they turn and whimper as they look for a safe place to hide. The trainers placed the dogs with the actors and, while off camera, cued them with verbal commands. The whimpering was inserted during post-production. Other animal action consists of a dog walked on a leash down a street in San Francisco.