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Desperate Hours (1990)

An escaped con on the run from the law moves into a married couple's home and takes over their lives.

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Michael Bosworth is a psychotic criminal who is about to go on trial however, he seduces his lawyer into helping him escape. But as they try to make their getaway, she's left behind. He decides to wait for her to come to him, so he decides to hide at the house of the Cornells. Now it appears that the Cornells have problems of their own. The husband and wife are separated. And there's an FBI agent after them who is using the lawyer to lead them to Bosworth. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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5 October 1990 (USA)  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

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$2,742,912 (USA)
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The picture is considered director Michael Cimino's next significant commercial failure after the box-office disaster of his 1980's Heaven's Gate (1980). See more »

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Cop: [Brenda warned her agents to not fire at the house, but she wasn't heard and they fired anyway. A cop tries to rescue her] Are you hurt?
Brenda Chandler: Only in my ego!
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LETTERS OF FIRE
Performed by Cindy Bullens
Written by Cindy Bullens
Courtesy of MCA Records
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A "Desperate" one "Hour" and forty-five minutes....
5 December 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Once, Michael Cimino was a great director. Now, he's just a Hollywood joke.

Why?

Here's a good example.

"Desperate Hours" is a remake of a similar movie which starred Humphrey Bogart. I've never seen the original. Wish I could say the same about the remake.

Rourke plays the mad dog killer this time out, who is on the lam with his attorney (Lynch, who should probably sue Cimino for defamation of character) and holes up with his cronies in the house of a distant man (Hopkins) and his equally distant family. Screams, fights, violence and blood all share equal screen time.

Then Crouse shows up to head the manhunt for Rourke and every last shred of belief jumps out the window to escape her. Are FBI agents really this stupid? Don't they have entrance exams? Isn't it against the law to endanger innocent peoiple just to capture an escaped convict? Isn't it? Didn't Cimino and his writers suspect as much?

Wait, I forget: this is the same man who made "Heaven's Gate".

This is, without a doubt, one of the most blatantly stupid, tasteless, egomaniacal trips through Idiot-Land I've even seen since "Dumb and Dumber". But at least THAT one was supposed to be funny.

No stars. Not a one. Watching "Desperate Hours" is like witnessing a car accident, only more painful and with more victims.


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