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Product Details

  • 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: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • VHS Release Date: July 8, 1994
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 079283495X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #582,539 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Desperate Hours [VHS]

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The production quality really is good enough to make the whole film worth while.
C. Chow
In fact, `Desperate Hours' is so bad that it actually made me question whether or not Anthony Hopkins is really a good actor.
Andrew Ellington
Even Hopkins and Rourke live down to the overall bad production by turning in overacted and unconvincing performances.
MSPJPM

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Chow on October 17, 2007
Format: DVD
`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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 28, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
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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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By kathleen m condon on November 3, 2003
Format: DVD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 8, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Pål Amundsen on August 1, 2004
Format: DVD
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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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Horner on April 10, 2002
Format: DVD
`Desperate Hours' is a good example of how not to make a thriller. The movie is all over the map. It's a map only the writer and the director could conceiveably read. The audience rarely knows where it is at any point in the story.
A beautiful young attorney helps her lover / client to escape from jail. They try to make it look as though the woman was forced to help the guy. The police don't buy it, but decide to let her go, hoping she will lead them to the escapee.
Meanwhile, bad boy and his two buddies decide to take refuge in a house in an upscale neighborhood and to hold the family living there hostage. As if the poor family didn't have enough problems already! The husband and wife are in the middle of a hostile divorce, the house is for sale, and neither the couple nor their two kids wants to be in the house in the first place.
The bad guy is supposed to have a genius IQ, so why does he come up with such an idiotic plan? There's no real reason to terrorize the family, except that there'd be no movie if he didn't. But even in the confines of the house, there's no rational to his actions. [I can't say more without using plot spoilers.] The only characters who are dumber than this guy are the cops. Their plans and actions truly defy belief and only serve to add a lot of gratuitous violence.
Aside from the silly script, the movie also fails as a thriller because the camera leaves the house too often to cover events occurring elsewhere. This eliminates the claustrophobic atmosphere that works so well for many thrillers. It also removes the focus from the trapped couple, played by Anthony Hopkins and Mimi Rodgers. These two actors are the only worthwhile elements of this turgid, pointless movie.
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