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Desperate Hours (1990)

 -  Crime | Drama | Thriller  -  5 October 1990 (USA)
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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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Nora Cornell
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Brenda Chandler
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Nancy Breyers
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Wally Bosworth
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Albert
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May Cornell
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Zack Cornell
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Ed Tallent
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Kyle
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Neff
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Maddox
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Lexington
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Chabon
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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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Who is stronger? A psychopath who feeds on terror? Or a father driven by fear? Only time will tell. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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5 October 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

24 Stunden in seiner Gewalt  »

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$2,742,912 (USA)
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Joseph Hayes, the film's source novelist and playwright of both the 1954 novel and 1955 play, also wrote the screenplay for the original classic 1955 Humphrey Bogart film The Desperate Hours (1955) and also co-wrote the script for this 1990 version. Hayes won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Motion Picture Screenplay for the screenplay for the original 1955 The Desperate Hours (1955) film. See more »

Quotes

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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BREAKIN' THE CHAIN
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Written by Cindy Bullens and David Mansfield
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a woefully dismal remake and not a patch on the original.
22 June 2002 | by (manchester, england) – See all my reviews

micheal cimino is a talented and (to many) an infuriating film maker but along with this and his prior 'the sicilian' he really comes a cropper. the premise is promising; a strong cast and an engaging idea to update and alternate the original story about an escaped group of felons who are held up with a well to do american family soon becomes a botched, disappointing misfire. most of the scenes are poorly handled and are unintentionally funny particularly involving anthony hopkins giving a pretty confusing performance. **** me, he starts off at the beginning as a yank ("hi honey, i'm home!") and then halfway through ends up sounding like his captain bligh incarnation from 'the bounty'! throughout the movie he spends alot of time being hauled around and generally manhandled by mickey rourke who gives the best performance and is about the only redeeming feature of this sorry mess. mimi rogers supplys a typically bland, squeky clean supporting role as hopkin's long sufferring spouse though kelly lynch isen't too bad.


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