The 2010 drama “Extraordinary Measures” from CBS Films was directed by Tom Vaughn, with the screenplay by Robert Nelson Jacobs and the book by Geeta Anand based on the true story of John and Aileen Crowley, who finance a cure for their two children. Starring: Brendan Fraser, Keri Russell, Meredith Droeger, Harrison Ford, Diego Velasquez, Jared Harris and Sam Hall.
John Crowley (Brendan Fraser) and his wife Aileen (Keri Russell) live in Portland, Oregon with their three children, where he is employed as an advertising executive for Bristol-Meyers. Overloaded with work, he has stayed well beyond the time he should leave and now he’s frantically rushing to make his train that will take him home for his daughter Megan’s (Meredith Droeger) 8th birthday party.
Megan and Patrick (Diego Velasquez) have Pompe disease, but their oldest son John (Sam Hall) is healthy. Now with only two years left to find a cure and all of their leads going nowhere John contacts Robert Stonehill (Harrison Ford), a researcher at the University of Nebraska who has a theory on an enzyme treatment but is lacking the money he needs to continue the research.
The Crowleys raise money for to get Dr. Stonehill going, then John begins to work with venture capitalists and then a rival team of researchers. But Dr. Stonehill is not an easy person to get along with and at a meeting in Nebraska he gets angry at the demands for testing for FDA approval made by the potential investors in his research.
John creates a business offer and takes it to his friend Dr. Kent Webber (Jared Harris) and John lies, telling him Stonehill has approved the deal. Ken signs the agreement, but Stonehill angrily refuses. John dares Stonehill to move past theories on paper to really help someone and Stonehill signs the agreement. They set up their new company but in time they realize they still need more money and sell the company to their competitor Zymagen for the funding they need to continue and the Crowleys move to Seattle, Washington.
After a series of policy changes, the testing stage arrive, but when John learns his kids won’t be included he steals the drug to give them and is caught. Stonehill saves John from being arrested. They finally locate a hospital that is willing to do a sibling test while John and Aileen wait and pray for positive results.