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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.
Visiting Hours -- Clip: Michael Ironside Goes Crazy


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Release Date:
28 May 1982 (USA) See more »
There is no known cure.....for MURDER. See more »
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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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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)

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
Kathryn Casault .... assistant make-up
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
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
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
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Actors Lee Grant and William Shatner had previously appeared in an episode entitled "Tarot" of the TV series "The Name of the Game" (1968) first broadcast in 1970 [See: "The Name of the Game: Tarot (#2.19)" (1970)].See more »
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 »
Lisa:[On the letters framed on Colt's wall] God, you blast them all: blacks, Jews, Mexicans...See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Fear, Panic & Censorship (2000) (TV)See more »


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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Smarter than the average slash-fest., 8 May 2007
Author: AngryChair from Brentwood, USA

One of the better Canadian killer-thrillers of the 80's is this solid shocker.

TV journalist is attacked by a maniac and taken to the hospital, now the obsessive creep is determined to make sure she doesn't get well soon!

Visiting Hours is a film that, like most slasher films of the 80's, has gotten a bad reputation from critics. However this film is much more than mere slasher garbage! Visiting Hours is a thriller that takes its time to build true suspense, a well-paced plot, and some believable characters. It's a film that, unlike most of the genre, focuses upon the warped character of its villain rather than on the would-be victims. The murder sequences are effectively disturbing, but not overly gory.

The direction of Jean Claude Lord, along with an unsettling music score, combine to make an atmospheric sense of dread through out the film. It manages to make even the sprawling corridors of the hospital setting into a claustrophobic maze. It makes for some nicely suspenseful attack/chase scenes.

The biggest highlight of this film comes from its cast though. Lee Grant is strong as the feminist TV journalist that becomes the target to the killer. Linda Purl does a good turn as a caring nurse, as does Lenore Zann as a street-wise teen. Greatest of all though is villain Michael Ironside. Ironside makes for a truly creepy and compelling murderer. He truly steals the show.

For those that are seeking a slasher film with a bit more of an intelligence to it, Visiting Hours is a fine choice. Don't listen to the critics on this one folks - it's a better film than you may have heard.

*** out of ****

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