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Visiting Hours -- A crazed, women-hating killer (Ironside) rapes and brutalizes journalist Deborah Ballin (Grant). When he discovers that his attack didn't kill Deborah, he comes to the hospital to finish what he started.

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Director:
Writer:
Brian Taggert (screenplay)
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Release Date:
28 May 1982 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
There is no known cure.....for MURDER. See more »
Plot:
A crazed, women-hating killer (Ironside) attacks journalist Deborah Ballin (Grant). When he discovers that his attack didn't kill Deborah, he comes to the hospital to finish what he started. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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2 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Michael Ironside ... Colt Hawker

Lee Grant ... Deborah Ballin

Linda Purl ... Sheila Munroe

William Shatner ... Gary Baylor

Lenore Zann ... Lisa

Harvey Atkin ... Vinnie Bradshaw
Helen Hughes ... Louise Shepherd

Michael J. Reynolds ... Porter Halstrom
Kirsten Bishop ... Denise (as Kirsten Bishopric)
Deborah Kirshenbaum ... Connie Wexler (as Debra Kirschenbaum)
Elizabeth Leigh-Milne ... Patricia Ellis
Maureen McRae ... Elizabeth Hawker
Dustin Waln ... Mr. Hawker
Neil Affleck ... Police Officer
Damir Andrei ... Paramedic
Dorothy Barker ... Sally Flavin
Steve Bettcher ... Anesthetist
Walker Boone ... Elevator Policeman
Richard Rebiere ... Entrance Policeman (as Richard Briere)
Terrance P. Coady ... Ent. Security Officer
Richard Comar ... Emergency Doctor 2
Dora Dainton ... Mrs. Corrigan
Sylvie Desbois ... Main Desk Nurse
Yvan Ducharme ... Policeman 1
Sarita Elman ... T.V. Director
Kathleen Fee ... Emergency Nurse
Domenico Fiore ... Policeman 2
Tali Fischer ... Bridget
Richer Francoeur ... Anesthetist

Lorena Gale ... Nurse 1
Angela Gallagher ... Desk Nurse
Judith Gay ... Script Assistant
Isadore Goldberg ... Old Man (cataracts)
Dean Hagopian ... Journalist 1
Victor Knight ... Hospital Administrator
Sheena Larkin ... Officious Nurse
Sylvia Lennick ... Fay Marcus
Frances March ... Florie
Steve Michaels ... Plainclothesman 1
Kimberly McKeever ... Radiologist (as Kimberley McKeever)
Bob McKeowan ... Floor Director
Malcolm Nelthorpe ... Entrance Security Officer
Roland Nincheri ... Emergency Doctor
Mary Rathbone ... Mrs. Marsh
Ron Robbins ... Hair Dresser
Ron Robbins ... Hair Dresser
Robby Robinson ... Matthew (as Robbie Roberson)
Danielle Schneider ... Donna Maloney
Lisa Schwartz ... Young Trainee
Danny Silverman ... Young Colt
Marty Starr ... Sally's Boyfriend
Jérôme Tiberghien ... Grant

Katherine Trowell ... Journalist 2 (as Katherine Trowel)
Len Watt ... Clement Pine
George E. Zeeman ... Emergency 2 (as George Zeeman)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Charles Dennis ... Doctor (uncredited)
Randy Vancourt ... Studio Grip (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jean-Claude Lord  (as Jean Claude Lord)
 
Writing credits
Brian Taggert (screenplay)

Produced by
Pierre David .... executive producer
Claude Héroux .... producer (as Claude Heroux)
Victor Solnicki .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Jonathan Goldsmith 
 
Cinematography by
René Verzier (director of photography) (as Rene Verzier)
 
Film Editing by
Jean-Claude Lord  (as Jean Claude Lord)
Lise Thouin 
 
Art Direction by
Michel Proulx 
 
Costume Design by
Delphine White 
 
Makeup Department
Pierre David .... hair stylist
Inge Klaudi .... makeup artist (as Inga Klaudi)
Constant Natale .... head hairdresser
 
Production Management
Janet E. Cuddy .... assistant production manager (as Janet Cuddy)
Gwen Iveson .... production manager
Michel Wachniuc .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Bailey .... third assistant director
Julian Marks .... first assistant director
Blair Roth .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Frances Calder .... props buyer
Sylvie Dagenais .... art department trainee
Jean Gauthier .... assistant set dresser
Daniel Huysmans .... propsman
Dominique L'abbé .... first assistant art director (as Dominique L'abbe)
Simon La Haye .... assistant set dresser (as Simon Lahaye)
Claude Simard .... construction supervisor
François Séguin .... set dresser (as Francois Seguin)
Jean-Baptiste Tard .... property master (as Jean Batiste Tard)
Maurice Tremblay .... art department administrator
 
Sound Department
Don Cohen .... location mixer
Michel Descombes .... sound re-recordist
André Gagnon .... sound re-recordist (as Andre Gagnon)
Brian Holland .... dialogue editor
Claude Langlois .... dialogue editor
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist
Viateur Paiement .... assistant sound editor
Marcel Pothier .... sound designer
Michael Ray .... assistant sound editor
Gilles St-Onge .... assistant sound editor
Gabor Vadnay .... boom operator
Don Cohen .... location sound recordist (uncredited)
Don White .... foley recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
François Beauregard .... special effects technician (as Francois Beauregard)
Don Berry .... special effects coordinator
Michèle Burke .... special effects makeup assistant (as Michele Burke)
Peter Dery .... special effects assistant
Yves Dubreuil .... special effects technician
Stephan Dupuis .... special effects makeup
Rene Rousseau .... special effects assistant (as Renee Rousseau)
Frans Sayers .... special effects assistant
Gary Zeller .... special effects supervisor
 
Stunts
M. James Arnett .... stunt coordinator (as Jim Arnett)
Linda Singer .... stunt double: "Lisa"
Michelle Viau .... stunt double: Lee Grant
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Don Caulfield .... gaffer
Marc Charlebois .... electrician
Louis de Ernsted .... Steadicam operator
Pierre Dury .... stills photographer
Jean-Jacques Gervais .... second assistant clapper loader
Denis Gingras .... first assistant focus
Normand Guy .... assistant key grip dolly (as Norman Guy)
Jacob Rolling .... key grip
Barbara Samuels .... camera department trainee (as Barbara Sammuels)
Michel St. Pierre .... grip
René Verzier .... operator (as Rene Verzier)
 
Casting Department
Rosina Bucci .... casting assistant
Ginette D'Amico .... casting: Montreal
Flo Gallant .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sylvie Bellemare .... daily help
Suzanne Canuel .... head dresser
Mario Davignon .... assistant dresser
Monelle Leblanc .... cutter
Monelle Leblanc .... seamstress
Ginette Magny .... assistant costume designer (as Ginette Magny-Aird)
Burton Miller .... costumes: Lee Grant
 
Editorial Department
Thomas Metzger .... color timer
Bill Wiggins .... post-production coordinator
 
Music Department
Pierre Brousseau .... music coordinator
David Franco .... music supervisor
Jonathan Goldsmith .... music arranger
Roger Monk .... recording engineer (as Monk)
Bruce Pennycook .... orchestra conductor
Roger Monk .... scoring mixer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Réal Baril .... driver (as Real Baril)
Jean-Claude Cloutier .... driver
Vince Di Clemente .... driver (as Vincente Di Clemente)
Maurice DuBois .... driver
Bernard Kirschner .... driver
Glendon Light .... driver (as Glen Light)
Richard Marsan .... driver
Michel Martin .... driver
Michael Sarao .... driver (as Michel Sarao)
Charles Toupin .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
France Boudreau .... script girl
Pierre Brousseau .... unit publicist
Denise Di Novi .... script coordinator (as Denise DiNovi)
Linda Duguet .... bookkeeper
Yvette Duguet .... production accountant
Michael Egyes .... craft service
Denise Forget .... production secretary
Louis Gascon .... production assistant
Joanne Gosselin .... bookkeeper
Monique Légaré .... secretary to producer (as Monique Legare)
Gilles Léonard .... comptroller (as Gilles Leonard)
Serge Major .... administrator
Jerry Potashnik .... production assistant
Pietro L. Serapiglia .... production assistant (as Peter Serapiglia)
Diane Williamson .... bookkeeper
 

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105 min | USA:103 min
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Trivia:
Star Michael Ironside was cast as Colt Hawker partly because he had given such a sinister performance in David Cronenberg's Scanners (1981), which was also from the same producers of Visiting Hours.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: (at around 45 mins) Michael Ironside's character dashes through a bathroom door in the hospital, and the camera and 2-3 crew members are briefly reflected in the mirror above the sink, before he closes the door.See more »
Quotes:
Deborah Ballin:Don't leave me. He's here. I know it!See more »
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Stupidly under-rated serial killer movie, 22 December 2010
Author: Murder Slim (MurderSlimPress@aol.com) from United Kingdom

VISITING HOURS is a largely laughed-at serial killer flick starring Michael Ironside. I suppose many of the laughs generate from William Shatner being in the film, playing a concerned boyfriend. I've never understood the fixation with Shatner as a comedy figure. Shatner is OK in his role, playing it completely straight and not completely terribly. It seems in getting fixated on the (in my view, non-existent) laughs from Shatner, viewers seem to have a blind spot to a lot of good things that VISITING HOURS achieves.

Ironside is strong as the killer (Colt Hawker), whose desire to kill comes from a terrible childhood and an abusive father. He identifies with his father, and loathes women because his mother threw boiling water over his Pa's face. Seems a bit of a stretch, but it wouldn't be the first time sometimes chosen the abuser over the person they abuse.

Colt becomes a misogynist, and turns his attention onto Deborah Ballin, who speaks out against violence towards women. She's a little militant about it and annoys a few people, so it's hard for the cops to figure out that Colt is the one hunting her down.

Some of the kill scenes are genuinely affecting. Colt likes to takes pictures of his victims as they're dying, and one - where he pulls a breathing tube from an elderly lady - is harrowing. Don't forget that Ironside was great in STARSHIP TROPPERS and brilliant in TOTAL RECALL as the supremely slimy Richter, and he excels in a similar role here. It's pretty baffling why Ironside ended up in TV series/movie hell given his excellence in playing the bad guy. Just the luck of the draw.

But the main plus of VISITING HOURS is that it's incredibly well shot. It's wildly voyeuristic, with lots of uncomfortable close-ups and point-of-view shots... and lots of lingering on people's suffering. The director - Jean-Claude Lord - has made nothing else of note. Even his name rhymes in a comedic way. Lord started out in France, then ended up doing US TV movies. But VISITING HOURS has a slight Hitchcock vibe and the level of voyeurism that makes you feel a little grubby just watching the damn movie.

I'm not saying VISITING HOURS is a classic. It's not up there with HENRY, and it's not up there with the next rung of excellent serial killer movies... say something like ANGST or HIGHWAYMEN. The pacing is a little laboured, and there are passages of ropey dialogue. But VISITING HOURS is a very good movie. It certainly is stupidly underrated, and is definitely worth checking out for a well-directed slice of slimy horror.

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