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Desperate Hours

3.4 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

From Academy Award®-winning director Michael Cimino* comes this taut psychological thriller about a family held hostage in their own home. Starring Mickey Rourke, Oscar® winner Anthony Hopkins**, Mimi Rogers and Kelly Lynch, this nail-biting action film grabs you by the throat and leaves you gasping in terror. Prepare yourself. The Desperate Hours have begun.In dire need of a hideout, escaped convict Michael Bosworth (Rourke) uses his charming smile to gain entry into the posh home of Nora and Tim Cornell (Rogers and Hopkins) and their two children. While waiting for his beautiful lawyer-turned-accomplice (Lynch) to arrive, Bosworth's smile soon explodes into homicidal rage when the Cornells desperately try to fight back. Holding the family at gunpoint and ruthlessly pitting husband against wife, Bosworth's fury escalates into a shocking night of terror and cold-blooded murder. Finally, the family is forced to take a stand that will either destroy them...or unite them as never before. *1978: The Deer Hunter; **1991: Actor, The Silence of the Lambs

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  • Actors: Mickey Rourke, Anthony Hopkins, Mimi Rogers, Lindsay Crouse, Kelly Lynch
  • Directors: Michael Cimino
  • Writers: Joseph Hayes, Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal
  • Producers: Bruce Rubenstein, Dino De Laurentiis, Martha De Laurentiis, Mel Dellar
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: April 16, 2002
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005V9HX
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,938 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Desperate Hours" on IMDb

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By A Customer on August 28, 1999
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Sir Anthony Hopkins plays a defense attorney trying to recapture a dissolving marriage. Escaping from court, a career killer, Micky Roarke, takes hostage Hopkins' wife, home, children, and increasingly tries for more. Excellent film on the depths of human spirit. Hope studios re-release!!!
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By A Customer on August 8, 2003
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Going up against an original starring Humphrey Bogart and Fredric March is daunting enough, but Cimino pulls it off in this riveting remake, eliciting outstanding performances from everyone involved (including Shawnee Smith and Danny Gerard as the terrorized children of Anthony Hopkins and Mimi Rodgers). I've never been a fan of Lindsey Crouse (Hollywood nepotism at its worst), but experiencing Cimino's achievement made even her lame attempt at a Mormon Clarice Starling tolerable.

Cimino's forte has always been action, and the film benefits greatly from the famous synergy between the director and Rourke (remember the great Year of The Dragon from the early 80's?). There isn't a wasted frame in this picture, and Cimino puts just the right touches on this updated effort (Kelly Lynch as the steely blonde fembot attorney who collapses into jello in the face of Rourke's malignant sensuality; Rodgers/Hopkins in typical 90's marriage-on-the-rocks; Smith as the sullen teen who disses EVERYone in authority, even the conscienceless killers holding her hostage). David Morse and Elias Koteas tread a fine line in their performances as well, resisting the temptation to descend into Abbott-and-Costello farce as the two accomplices of borderline intellect.

Although Cimino has had his share of failed experiments (who can forget Heaven's Gate?), he more than delivers the goods in this film.
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`Desperate Hours' calls us to question why do we do the things we do? Or rather why do these characters do the things they do? Neither the villains or heroes actions seem to make any sense.

The plot: Mickey Rourke in the role he was born to play stars as a brilliant armed robber who escapes from prison with the help of his beautiful girlfriend and attorney Kelly Lynch.

Rourke reunites with his henchmen whom are not as smart as the Three Stooges. Together they head for the suburbs of Utah and hold the state's only nuclear family, Anthony Hopkins, Mimi Rogers and their two kids hostage in their mansion.

FBI agent Lindsey Crouse is hot on their trail with an army of cops to take Rourke down without harming the Hopkins family.

Why it works. As I said Rourke truly gives the performance of his career and a hansom devil psycho. Hopkins and Rogers also work especially Rogers as the house wife next door. We really hate Rourke and we really love the family.

The production quality is also very high. From costume design to photography to editing, to the score which is reminiscent of the 1940s noir thrillers on which the film was based. The production quality really is good enough to make the whole film worth while.

The big flaw the film makers have to overcome is WHY IS THIS HAPPENING? Why is the now freed Rourke only exposing himself of more heat be kidnapping the family. While his stated motive is because he is waiting to reunite with Kelly Lynch, a far better idea would be to hide out unseen. Secondly why is Lynch leading to police right to Rourke's front door? Shouldn't she be hiding too? And if Rourke is so psychotically evil why does he not physically harm the family?

That's the annoying thing. There are many lapses in logic. 1.
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Despite some of the glib, cute, reviews here, the cast is strong, the story is strong, the direction is strong. For the money, it's a purchase you won't regret.
The whole point of the film, as any film, is to entertain. This effort delivers what it promises...a taut, tense drama, that entertains.
No one liked this film because Hollywood NEVER forgives Michael Cimino, and they successfully "buried" him with this film, and the public bought it, as these reviews here show.
It's our loss, but at least we have this DVD.
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I had high hoped for this one, but too many contrivances and plot holes made my hopes disintegrate right before my eyes. Rourke and Hopkins do their best to keep this one from completely failing and keep it somewhat entertaining if you don't think about it too much.
Look for it on cable as I can't see sitting through this one more than once.
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I would agree with several other reviewers that this is a moving and captivating thriller! In the rare case that home invasions occur, they are absolutely frightening. Rourke is one of the best actors playing a slimy thug. He is very believable and Anthony Hopkins is as usual, brilliant. Michael Bosworth is a seasoned sociopath (Mickey Rourke), and Hopkins provides a great good vs. evil contrast in this one. Probably not for children under 16.
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Don't understand why so many critics have given this movie only 1 star? It's not a pointless movie at all I think, the acting is brilliant, and it contains a beautiful, gripping scene where the "villain" played by David Morse is shot in some lake, very poetic done and in contrast the the rest of the set "locked" inside the house of the hostages. The picture-quality, even on DVD and for its' time, is really bad. Other than that it is an entertaining movie worth a peek...
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