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Desperate Hours

3.5 out of 5 stars 39 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: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005V9HX
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,518 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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I'm always a mickey rourke fan. since diner i have liked his films. sorry that he went off and got all beat up. it was his choice crazy as it seems, i always watch his films never get tired of mr rourke
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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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Desperate Hours, 1990 film

A man is being tried in court, his is disruptive. He grabs a pistol from a Marshal to escape. He takes his lawyer Nancy with him. Then he runs to a waiting car to make a getaway. Elsewhere a man returns home from work and talks to his wife about their family. Will they break-up and sell their large home? The gang switches cars and hides the getaway car. The police release that lawyer. The gang drives through an expensive neighborhood to select a home to break in. They want the keys to their station wagon. "Trust me" he says. They search the house for money and jewelry. Michael wants Nora to make a telephone call to Nancy. One robber finds a pistol on top of a tall dresser. The husband returns home to find a surprise! "Why my house?" The son returns home to play a video game.

"No guns" says Nora. Tim talks to the leader. They watch the news. Michael talks to Wally. Lawyer Nancy gets the message. The plumber rings, he is sent away with a check. Michael keeps control of things, he has the pistol. Tim receives a knife wound. That lawyer is followed, she uses a pay telephone. The police will retrieve that last number. Zack falls off the roof. The Real Estate man visits and finds bad luck. Albert uses that found gun, he wants to leave alone. He takes the Mercedes-Benz and drives off. Tim is sent to get $10,000 from his bank. There is a penalty for cancelling a CD before maturity. Tim doesn't count his cash! Tim returns home and gives the cash to Michael. The police get a report about a lone man at a country gas station. Albert runs and hides. Will he surrender peacefully? [The smart thing to do.] His pistol is traced to the Cornells. Later Nancy calls Michael to get his address. "Its almost over." The police offer a deal to Nancy.
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